Labeling the NFL's "Most Disappointing" of 2008 (Part One)

Robert ZendzianCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2009

"NFL, That's my league, man. That's not fair!" Easy TO, easy. You are not on this list or your team. At least not in this part.

Alright, so now that the season is officially over, let us congratulate the Pittsburgh Steelers on their sixth Super Bowl!

Okay, for all of us who are not Steelers fans and even those of us who are, let us look back on those who disappointed the NFL world in 2008!


The Most Disappointing Team: New York Jets

While the Lions may seem to be the obvious choice, it was clear from the beginning they did not have what it took to win a game.

The Jets on the other hand made a huge move this past offseason to acquire future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre and at one point this season, they looked as if they may have been running all the way to the Super Bowl.

They were 8-3 going into Week 13 riding a five game win streak. With five games left, they faced three teams that finished the season with losing records. With the division almost locked up, it seems they mixed their pregame tapes up with the New York Mets tapes. They nosed dived and lost four of their remaining games.

The reason the Jets get this label is the fact they had a good team. They had a shot to win if they got in the playoffs. However, they fell completely apart before they got there.

Honorable mention has to go to the Cowboys. Oops, sorry Terrell I lied. They were many peoples pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. You have to make the playoffs first. They do not receive this label since they played without Tony Romo for a few weeks this year and they were not the same team without him. 


The Most Disappointing Event: Tom Brady’s Injury.

Obviously, we cannot blame him for his lack of success as an injury in Week One kept him from taking anymore snaps all year. However, after having one of the best seasons a quarterback has ever had (50 TDs and a 117.2 passer rating) many people expected at least a decent season in 2008 for Brady. 

Whether a fan of the Patriots or not, everyone who enjoys great football players has to appreciate Tom Brady. He showed for years that he did not need a No. 1 wideout to win games and championships. Though one win shy of a perfect season and a Super Bowl last year, Brady demonstrated what he could do with one of the best receivers in the league. 

It was a loss not only to the Patriots, but to fans who truly love the sport. These things happen and teams must move on. The Patriots still had a solid 11-5 season without Brady; however, the loss of Brady surely took a few plays of the highlight reels.

Honorable mention for most disappointing event goes to Brady's team not making the playoffs. The Patriots posted a 11-5 record and saw a team with less wins play on Wild Card weekend while they were at home. This should not happen.


The Most Disappointing Quarterback: Matt Hasselbeck

Now, this is a tough one since Derek Anderson made a case for himself to get this label. With 3,787 yard in his first full season as starting quarterback, Derek looked as if he could have been on the verge of becoming one of the league’s better gunslingers.  However he posted only 1,616 yards this year in the ten games he started.

Hasselbeck edges him out for the fact that he has been one of the better quarterbacks in the league for awhile now. Since 2002, Hasselbeck has not had a season that he amassed more interceptions than touchdowns until 2008.

In five out of the last six years prior to 2008 he has obtained at least 3,000 yards passing, a passer rating of above 80, and ten or more touchdowns.

In 2007 he posted a 91.4 passer rating, 28 TDs, and 12 INTs in 2007.  In 2008, an injury cut his season to only seven games.  In those seven games his 57.8 passer rating, 5 TDs, and 10 INTs left the Seahawks reminiscing about better days.


Thank you for reading and check out part two, which will include running back, wide receiver, and offensive line.  Scheduled release: February 14. (No promises)