NFL: Who Is Team Dysfunction This Season?
The Raiders have won this award for seven seasons in a row. Will another team take their throne? All teams have had to fight through major adversity this season. Even the best.
Look at Brett Favre in Minnesota. at Look Bill Bellicheck in New England. How about Peyton Manning and the Colts. Okay, I was just joking about the last one. But only one can be named Team Dysfunction.
5. New York Giants
Before the season, Plaxico Burress was sentenced to prison. He was their leading receiver, and there's no denying that the Giants are a much better team with him in the lineup.
Then Osi Umenyiora walked out on the Giants, and spoke about his new defensive coordinator. Everything started collapsing mid-way through the season. They've been eliminated from the playoff chase with a disgraceful performance at home.
4. Dallas Cowboys
Roy Williams did his best impersonation of T.O. He thought Tony Romo was throwing the ball a little crisper to Miles Austin. Maybe Williams should've stopped whining, and catch the football.
Jerry Jones made it clear that Wade Phillips needs to win a playoff game to save his job. That's the Cowboys, for you. They will always find a spot on this list, even without T.O.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
First they fire Jon Gruden. Then they hire DB coach Raheem Morris. Then they let go the leader of the defense Derrick Brooks.
They went through three QBs this season. Why didn't they just start Josh Freeman opening day and let him learn on the job. Morris will get at least one more year to prove himself, but I don't know that that's a good thing. It all comes down to Freeman.
2. Oakland Raiders
So, the season didn't get off to the greatest of starts. First, Tom Cable breaks the jaw of (much smaller) assistant Randy Hanson. That leads to an NFL investigation. Then several women come out (OTL Report) and said Cable abused them.
Now to football. JaMarcus Russell is a complete bust. He was awful. His work ethic and leadership came into question, then weeks after he was benched, he spoke about how he will not take a pay cut to remain a Raider. What's sad, is that Al Davis hasn't been mentioned in this slide.
1. Washington Redskins
Congratulations, Redskins! How were they named Team Dysfunction?
Before the season, the Redskins tried to shop for a new franchise QB. Not exactly a vote of confidence. Then towards the midpoint of the season, Jim Zorn gets stripped of play-calling duties. He's the HEAD COACH.
Sherman Lewis (pictured) is brought in as an offensive consultant. He calls the passing plays to Sherman Smith (Offensive Coordinator), who then relays it to Jason Campbell. If it's a running play, then he tells that to Smith, who calls the running, who then relays it to Campbell. Anyway, that's my understanding of it. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Then head of football operations Vinny Cerrano "resigns", and Bruce Allen is hired at the same position. Now, it's writing on the wall that Jim Zorn won't be there next season.
And to top that off, Albert Haynesworth gets sent home. He then made off-the-wall comments about his defensive coordinator.
So in a nut shell, that's the 2009 Washington Redskins for you.