As we approach week four of the regular football season, I thought we should take a look back at the top ten worst decisions made so far since the 2008 Super Bowl. Things that make fans scream "what were you thinking?" Such things as the hiring of certain players and coaches to shooting yourself in the thigh. So lean back relax and enjoy!
Let's start with John Madden's favorite player ever. Brett Farve Two years ago, he was forced out of the team he had built a legacy to last a lifetime. Then, unready to retire he elected to go play for the Jets having a very successful first ten games. Then plummeted to a (9-6) record missing the playoffs. Then he said he was retiring. It was over. And in truth, his legacy wasn't greatly affected by the year at the Jets. But, now as he has un-retired again, to play for a division rival. One year of purple has covered all of the green. Brett Farve has stained his legendary status as a Packer.
Despite making my list of worst decisions this year I will start on a positive note. Detroit finally won a game. Now onto the reasons why Stafford was a bad choice for this team. First, I am a firm believer that when you begin a new team you start with an offensive line. I think Matt is in for quite a beating this year as the season progresses. Some teams that they will face will be the Steelers, the Packers, Ravens and Cardinals. I don't think that Matt is a bad Quarterback but I think the position he is in could lead popular opinion in that direction, soon.
Do you have all day? Cause that's how long I could go on about this one. Brandon got mad because of cutler being traded. Complained he didn't like Josh McDaniels, Demanded a trade or a significant raise. He also came to practice in is pajamas. On top of this when balls were thrown to him in one camp he dropped them on purpose. Then instead of handing the ball boy the football he punted it down the field. This lead to his suspension. Now things have died down in Denver, but for how long? When will Ocho Cinco's brother from another mother start another fire?
Quinn, or Anderson. Ratliff maybe? Nope. Quinn. Well, till halftime of week three. Then it's Anderson. Mangini has let this go on and on till fans have even began an online petition to get Randy Lerner to sell the Browns. This QB race has gone through preseason and now has drifted into week three. This has been detrimental to this football team. Until one of the two are traded, I don't think it will ever end.
Do you all remember this dumb incident. Shooting himself. I don't have much to say about this except I hope all the other NFL player's look at things like this, and Donte Stallworth's Fatal car incident. A talented, super-bowl winning man is going to spend two years in prison for not thinking about the consequences of breaking the law. It was a dumb decision that may cost him the rest of his career.
Here's a short list of some of the decisions that didn't make the list.
Hiring Eric Mangini - Browns(HC)
Hiring Josh McDaniels - Broncos(HC)
Singing Terrel Owens - Bills(WR)
Starting Jamarcus Russel - Raiders(QB)
Not Re-signing Albert Haynesworth - Redskins(DE)
Matt Cassel was the recipient of statistics he will never again produce under the current circumstances. Matt had an excellent offensive line last year and a solid core of receivers to boot. Tony Gonzalez was best receiving weapon for the Chiefs was traded to Atlanta, and all that's left is Bowe and the Rookie Quinten Lawrence. This was a bad move on the Chiefs part. The Chiefs are now (0-3). As I mentioned with Stafford, offensive line comes first. Already Cassel has been injured and is considered questionable almost every week. The good news is that a team with an O-line could use him efficiently so he is worth something to some teams but what can the Chiefs get in return?
Micheal Vick saw his first playing time since imprisoned in 2007. Now I am not putting him in this position because of his crime as far as I'm concerned his debt is paid. However I don't think he is nor will ever again be able to play at the level he did in his years with Atlanta. Micheal is older, slower, not as quick mentally and also he has had a major change emotionally. Micheal is not the same man he was two years ago and for a community that is good but not so much for a football team. I don't see Micheal Vick getting resigned by the Eagles and possibly no one else either.
At #3 I have Micheal Crabtree. He was looked at to be a smart talented fully ready NFL receiver. Wrong! Apparently Micheal is just a money hungry man who only sees the color green. So now he is ruining his reputation and any interest other NFL teams had in him. The 49ers definitely have not gotten what they bargained for. I can't think of a better way to say it then Legendary running back Jim Brown. "Micheal Crabtree, Get your !@# to camp!"
Pat Bowlen made a lot of bad decisions. Hiring McDaniel's letting Cutler leave. But worst of all, he spit in the face of a great coach. He fired a coach who is one of the best in the league if not the best. It could take up to three years to rebuild what Shanahan had ready. Except in Cleveland, people say that Bowlen is the worst owner in the NFL. I don't know if I personally would go that far, but I do think his decision making is beyond questionable. Thus earning him the runner up spot on my worst decision's list.
The #1 worst decision in the NFL so far this year is so easily allowing the release of Jim Schwartz. This was a great choice by the Detroit Lions. A terrible one for Tennessee. Jim Schwartz in my mind is a excellent defensive minded coach. And was the heart of the coaching staff at Tennessee. Yes, losing Haynesworth has hurt the defense but nothing has hurt Tennessee like the loss of Jim Schwartz. I truly believe the Titans would not be (0-3). But, then again I don't think that Detroit would have there first win.