NFL's Stock Up, Stock Down Week 3: Whose Value Is Plummeting After Week 2?
We are through Week 2 of the NFL season, and we've already seen plenty of stock go up. However, we've also seen stock go down, and some stock is even beginning to plummet.
As we begin to prepare for the third week of the season, we need to keep our eyes on the following list to see how they respond to poor play.
We'll look at players, teams and coaches who are seeing their overall value plummeting after terrible Week 2 performances.
Tarvaris Jackson, Seattle Seahawks
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For those of you who don't know who Tarvaris Jackson is, he is the man on the ground who probably just wet his pants after a hit from James Harrison.
The Seattle Seahawks were hoping that Jackson would be able to come in and replace Matt Hasselbeck, but that just hasn't happened yet. In fact, it has been difficult to watch Jackson play at times.
Maybe it's the lack of an offensive line, but I don't think the entire blame of Jackson's poor performance can be laid at their feet. He's only thrown two touchdowns and has one interception and two fumbles to go along with being sacked 10 times.
People were willing to cut Jackson some slack after his first game because he at least helped his team find the end zone, but after zero touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers, his stock is beginning to plummet.
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While we are on the theme of the Seattle Seahawks, I should probably mention that the entire Seahawks' team is plummeting rather quickly.
They first lost a sloppy game to the San Francisco 49ers and were shut out against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The offense isn't working, nor is the defense nor special teams. It's just one big mess up in the Northwest.
Right now, the Seahawks look like the worst team in the worst division in football.
Luke McCown, Jacksonville Jaguars
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I'm sorry, but there is no way that David Garrard is worse than Luke McCown. I mean, I've seen some terrible performances before, but a 1.8 quarterback rating is just ridiculously horrid.
McCown had nearly as many interceptions (four) as completions (six) and has lost all credibility as a starting quarterback in the NFL. Not only does he absolutely belong on the bench right now, he probably would be a third-string quarterback for many teams.
I wonder how many people from Jacksonville's organization were writing apology cards to Garrard after watching McCown's performance on Sunday?
Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs
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Last year, Matt Cassel led the Kansas City Chiefs to the playoffs. So far this year, Cassel has led his team to the cellar of the AFC West.
After throwing only seven interceptions all of last year, Cassel already has four through two games to go along with his pitiful 50.4 quarterback rating. His first-week performance against the Buffalo Bills was poor, but it certainly wasn't terrible. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for his play during Week 2 against the Detroit Lions.
Cassel is plummeting so quickly that it might be time to abandon ship in Kansas City.
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This man went from a genius last year to most likely becoming the first head coach fired this year.
It all started to go downhill for Todd Haley after an embarrassing home opener loss to the Buffalo Bills. Things just got worse and worse, as Haley and the Kansas City Chiefs lost pitifully to the Detroit Lions by a score of 48-3. On top of that, Haley lost his best player in Jamaal Charles for the entire season.
If the Chiefs have another poor performance next week, I guarantee that we won't be seeing Haley wearing red sweatshirts anymore.
Kansas City Chiefs
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We'll keep picking on the Kansas City Chiefs for a moment because...well, because they gave up over 40 points to both the Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions.
Losing Jamaal Charles is the worst thing that could have happened to this team that once looked like a threat to make the playoffs. Now they are just looking to score more than seven points and stop a team from making them look silly.
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If the Minnesota Vikings only had to play the first half of games, they would probably be one of the better teams in the NFL.
Unfortunately, football is a 60-minute game, and the Vikings have collapsed in the second half two weeks in a row. Whoever is giving the halftime speech in their locker room needs to stop instantly, because it just isn't working.
Whenever a team loses two close games in a row, it doesn't bode well for how the rest of the season will go.
Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
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Many regard Frank Gore as one of the better running backs in the league, but he honestly isn't even close to a top back in the NFL.
Through two weeks, Gore is averaging a pedestrian 2.5 yards per carry. That means that Gore basically gets to the line of scrimmage and falls forward every time he carries the ball.
With Kendall Hunter just waiting for an opportunity, Gore's plummet couldn't have come at a worse time. Throw in the fact that this is a contract year for him, and things are looking worse by the second.
Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
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I think it is safe to say that Reggie Bush's stock has plummeted after receiving only six carries and catching one ball against the Houston Texans.
Anyone who thought that Bush's career would be revitalized with the Miami Dolphins has been sorely disappointed. He just doesn't look like a starting running back, but rather a third-down back and maybe only a running back that you bring in for certain plays.
To add insult to injury was the emergence of Daniel Thomas, who rushed for over 100 yards against the Texans. Is there any other team that wants this plummeting player?
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I will give credit to the fact that the Indianapolis Colts didn't get completely destroyed by the Cleveland Browns.
However, after watching this offense play for a second week, it is clear that the only thing that can stop the Colts from plummeting is a miraculous return from Peyton Manning right now.
Things are just bad in Indianapolis, and they aren't going to get any better when they travel to play the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Chad Ochocinco, New England Patriots
Many thought that Chad Ochocinco would revitalize his career with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
I don't think that three receptions and 59 yards through two games is quite the revitalizing that people were expecting.
It's clear that Brady isn't even looking Ochocinco's way, as Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez all have at least three times as many receptions as Ochocinco.
To be the fifth-best receiving option on a team is a far plummet from grace for Ochocinco, and it just isn't going to get any better.