Today I will present my five biggest dissapointments of the '09 season. These are teams that had big expectations going into the year but for one reason or another couldn't translate that into success on the field. Enjoy!
This is part one of a four part series. Tomorrow I will give you my top 5 suprises of the year.
With a young star quarterback, a top notch running back, and an already talented core of receivers upgraded by the addition of tight end Tony Gonzalez, the Falcons were many peoples pick to run away with the division and win the Super Bowl. However, it didn't exactly turn out that way as Atlanta fumbled away seven games en route to a mediocre record and early playoff elimination.
The defending champs were expecting to at least make a return to the postseason, if not the Super Bowl. Now, there fortune lies in the hands of the Texans, Ravens, Broncos, and Jets.
After finishing last season 4-1 with a new head coach and sweeping momentum, many people (including me) thought this would be the year that the team finally broke out and made the playoffs. However, it was yet another false alarm as San Francisco once again found a hot start turn into an ugly finish en route to elimination.
Before you knock me for ignoring their late surge, let me remind you that Tennessee was one of the top teams in the league last season. Which makes the fact that they won't finish above .500 even harder to swallow.
This slide might as well just say "Jay Cutler." When Denver's troubled star quarterback was traded to the Windy City last April, the Bears were expected to take over a tough division after coming oh so close last year. Nine losses later and they find themselves out of the playoff picture. Oh and Cutler has 25 interceptions, more than double the number Orton had last year in Chicago. I don't know about you, but to me that doesn't exactly sound like an elite quarterback. At all.