NFL's 25 Most Disappointing Players of 2010
Brett Favre, Randy Moss, Chad Johnson—errr, Ochocinco—and a cast of others will make the list of the most disappointing players this season.
What about Albert "Contract Albatross" Haynesworth—sure, we can talk about him. I also take a shot at a guy I've been supporting all year long to this point, but he's yet to show me anything.
Though I will continue to support him, I know when it's time to criticize as well.
How many quarterbacks will be on this list, will a certain defensive end be on it, and will a kicker that stinks from outside of 40 yards also make the disappointment list?
I guess you're going to have to keep reading to find out.
It's time to have some fun, pick on some players and come up with the top 25 most disappointing players in the NFL this season.
Have an open mind, laugh a little, debate a little but genuinely have a good time. Can you do that?
Good, let's get started.
25. TJ Houshmandzadeh
He was supposed to bring extra firepower from the wide receiver slot.
So far, he hasn't done anything close to that: 11 catches, 162 yards and a single touchdown.
24. Cedric Benson
There are a lot of disappointing things about the Cincinnati Bengals, more than I care to go into at the moment, but Cedric Benson is definitely on that list.
His stats include 161 carries, 599 total yards and three touchdowns, but add three fumbles—two of which he's lost.
He has a respectable yards-per-game average (74.9), but the Bengals are expecting more from him to this point.
23. Tim Hightower
Tim Hightower was expected to carry the load for the Arizona Cardinals, but he hadn't really shown much and eventually lost his starting gig.
He has 337 yards on 66 carries and just two trips to the end zone—might be one of the reasons Arizona is struggling so much. Though their lack of a quarterback isn't helping, either.
22. Ricky Williams
After rushing for over 1,000 yards last season (1,121), Ricky Williams has just 336 yards through his eight games and one trip to the end zone.
There was a higher expectation of him going into this season, and he's not living up to that.
21. Michael Crabtree
While I won't completely blame Michael Crabtree for the struggles of the 49ers, since he's really not the only one not putting up big numbers, he's certainly not living up to expectations.
Through eight games, Crabtree has 31 catches for 385 yards and three touchdowns.
20. Matt Moore
Matt Moore to Jimmy Clausen back to Matt Moore–not sure Carolina will ever decide on which guy they want to go with.
While it's not completely Moore's fault, seeing as his offensive line hasn't helped him out much, I'm sure the Panthers were hoping for better numbers from him this year.
Moore threw for over 1,000 yards last season and had eight touchdowns. This season, he has 857 total yards, five touchdowns and has been intercepted 10 times through six games.
19. Jeff Reed
I wasn't sure if I was going to put a kicker on the list, but looking at Jeff Reed's numbers, they need to be more than a little better.
From 20 to 40 yards, Reed is a perfect 10-for-10, but outside of 40 yards, he's hit just two of his eight attempts.
18. Tony Romo
There are a lot of Cowboys fans who would love to see Tony Romo higher on this list—though there are others who don't think he should be on this list at all.
Let's be real, everything about the Dallas Cowboys is disappointing from owner Jerry Jones to Tony Romo himself.
I know I'm piling on a guy who's injured, but he didn't play that well when he was in.
His interceptions were up from last season—at least they were on pace to be. But some of that blame goes to his wide receivers for dropping balls that were thrown in the worst possible place—their hands.
17. Thomas Jones
Thomas Jones was coming off five straight 1,000-yard seasons when he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.
They expected to see more from him, and although he could still eclipse that mark, he will come closer to missing it than he has in a long time.
His yards per game average is the worst since the 2007-08 season, and he's having to share carries with Jamaal Charles.
16. Heath Miller
Heath Miller used to be one of Ben Roethlisberger's favorite target, but he hasn't exactly been that this season.
He's caught just 20 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown so far this season.
15. Jay Cutler
I suppose I shouldn't be too hard on Jay Cutler; he's been hit more times than a heavyweight boxer. That is mostly thanks to an offensive line that does more stepping aside than blocking.
I don't know if Cutler can spend more time on his back than he already has.
While I will say that his yards-per-game average is up from last season, his touchdown total could end up far lower than his 27 last season.
14. Maurice Jones-Drew
Coming off a 1,000-yard season last year (1,391) and getting into the end zone 15 times, Jones-Drew's numbers may not get even close to that this year.
Through eight games, he has 645 rushing yards; his yards per game average (80.6) is down from last season (86.9), so there's no telling if he's going to get to where he was last season.
He's good, but not as good as in the past.
13. Steven Jackson
Steven Jackson has hit the 1,000-yard mark in each of his last five seasons, including the second-best mark of his career last season, with 1,416 total yards.
This season, his yards-per-game average is down almost 10 yards from last, though he is on track to match his carries from last season.
12. Steve Smith
This is one guy that I definitely expected better numbers from through this point in the season.
Through seven games he's played, he has 27 catches and 318 total yards with two trips to the end zone, while matching his fumble total from last year (two).
The Panthers, as a team, are struggling, so I guess it doesn't shock me that just about every player's numbers are down.
11. Ryan Mathews
The San Diego Chargers expected more from Ryan Mathews. Their rookie running back came with a lot of hype after the team traded up in the draft to get him.
Fans wanted more, and I'm sure Ryan wanted more from himself.
There has to be a lot of improvement there if the Chargers are going to trust him as their every-down back.
10. Hines Ward
If there was a wide receiver that I thought would have better numbers to this point, it would be Hines Ward.
Through eight games, he has 30 receptions for 375 yards, and his yards-per-game average is way off from where it was last season.
He had a 72.9-yards-per-game average in 2009, and it's currently at 46.9. Not exactly the kind of year one would expect from a guy like him.
9. Julius Peppers
When the Chicago Bears signed Julius Peppers, they didn't expect they would get such little output from him.
Through eight games this season, Peppers has just 20 total tackles—14 of which are solo—and just two sacks.
Again, not what the Bears had in mind for their money.
8. Alex Smith
Normally, at this point, a No. 1 overall pick should be doing something of substance. At this point, they should be doing better than their first season in the league.
Alex Smith is not that guy, and he hasn't been that guy so far this season. Though he's not in the starting lineup at this point, Head Coach Mike Singletary has been far too loyal to his guy.
But Singletary wasn't the only one. The Bay Area media seemed to be in love with him, as well, for whatever reason.
7. Darrelle Revis
Darrelle Revis is supposed to be a shut-down corner. He's supposed to be one of the best—a guy you can't beat.
He has one interception this season and has been beaten more times than I can count. Maybe it's age catching up with him, or he's not as good as advertised.
6. Drew Brees
Drew Brees has not been the Drew Brees of old. Maybe age has finally caught up with him.
With 12 picks, he has already surpassed his interception total from all of last season (11), and has done so in just nine games.
His yards-per-game and yards-per-attempt averages are down from last year, but he could be on pace to match his touchdown total from last season (34).
5. Carson Palmer
With the kind of roster the Cincinnati Bengals had, I expected a lot more than what they're giving out so far this season.
Carson Palmer is the leader of the offense, with Cedric Benson, Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco alongside. But Owens seems to be the only one doing anything of substance.
Though eight games, he's on track to surpass his interception total from last year (13), though he could pass his total touchdown number from last year.
Still, Palmer is better than what he's showing this season.
4. Albert Haynesworth
The Washington Redskins are regretting that they ever signed Albert Haynesworth. He hasn't done what they wanted him to do, and he hasn't been what they brought him in to be.
He complained during training camp, he's complained during the season and he has been a virtual non-factor during games.
That'll teach teams to throw out big money to guys like this.
3. Randy Moss
New England tired of his act and sent him to Minnesota—who tired of his act and cut him after only a few games.
Has there been a bigger disappointment in the NFL this season than Randy Moss? Maybe, but I don't know that there's a bigger cancer in a locker room than this guy.
2. Chad Ochocinco
Chad Ochocinco on one side, Terrell Owens on the other. You would think these two would be the most dangerous tandem in the NFL.
However, Owens seems to be the only one putting up big numbers.
Ochocinco's yards-per-game average is down, his yards-per-catch average is down, and he's going to have a hard time matching his nine touchdowns from last season—he's only sitting at two at the moment.
Also, with 473 total receiving yards so far, he might find it hard to get to the 1,000-yard mark in back-to-back seasons.
1. Brett Favre
Brett Favre, how you disappoint us—let us count the ways.
Bad photography, creepy voicemails, soliciting two massage therapists, allegedly sending picture texts messages of something you say wasn't yours.
Oh yeah, and you pretty much suck on the field this year.
The Vikings brought Favre back to win—and not just win three of their first eight games. He's thrown 13 interceptions in eight games—six more than his total for the entire 2009 season.
Brett, you are the most disappointing player in the NFL. How do you like those potatoes?