The Minnesota Vikings are 0-4 and are wasting another season of Adrian Peterson's prime.
TWith a physical back like Peterson, you never know how many dominant seasons you are going to get, and Peterson's frustrations are understandable.
With a 20-point lead against the Detroit Lions, Peterson only got the rock five times in the second half—simply an inexcusable gaffe by the coaching staff. Now the team loss to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs and Peterson's frustration is warranted.
Some players are producing in a sticky situation, while others are not playing up to draft, contrac, or starting status. Here are 10 other stars nearing the breaking point with their teams.
Those hoping for a Randy Moss effect for Chad Ochocinco with the New England Patriots have been sorely disappointed.
The former Pro Bowler has seven catches for 113 yards, and had some big drops in the team’s loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Ochocinco has not had any outbursts with his new team, but his first will likely be his last.
Ochocinco’s production (or lack thereof) ranks him fifth on the team, and he will likely have a very short leash in regards to any controversy; Twitter-inspired or otherwise.
DeSean Jackson had his breakout game (six catches, 171 yards) against the San Francisco 49ers, but the explosive receiver has not had a touchdown since Week 1.
Jackson has all but admitted he will not go across the middle until he gets a new contract.
The problem is, with all the money tied to Michael Vick and the secondary, I’m not sure the Eagles can afford the contract Jackson is looking for.
Of course, a few wins can cure most issues (at least until the offseason), but if the Eagles drop more games and frustration mounts, a trade may be mutually beneficial to both parties.
Kyle Orton was chosen as the Denver Broncos starting quarterback because head coach John Fox believes Orton gives the team the best chance to win.
Well, the Broncos have not done a whole lot of that in 2011. The quarterback has not exactly been lighting up the league either, with eight turnovers to go with his eight touchdowns.
Fox is preaching patience for now, but as the losses rack up, how long can the team stay with Orton? The Broncos could very well be in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes, and they must find out what they have with Tim Tebow before season's end.
Donovan McNabb is on his third team in three years, and the results with the Minnesota Vikings are worse than they were with the Washington Redskin, as he has just four touchdowns in the four losses.
McNabb has picked it up since his epically bad Week 1 performance, but the team keeps losing close games.
To blame McNabb entirely is unfair, but his mediocre season certainly not helping matters. With every game the Vikings lose, we are another week closer to the debut of 2011 first-round pick Christian Ponder.
Tarvaris Jackson has not been particularly inspiring in his second (and likely last) starting gig, this time with the Seattle Seahawks.
Jackson has more turnovers (six) than he does touchdowns (five). Maybe the first 300-yard game of Jackson’s career can build some momentum, but he still had two turnovers in the Week 4 loss against the Atlanta Falcons.
The defending NFC West champs have only one win on the season, and there is a lot of talk surrounding veteran backup Charlie Whitehurst. How much longer head coach Pete Carroll sticks with the fifth-year pro is anyone’s guess.
For better or worse, Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears are probably attached in a "death do us part" type of deal. Regardless, things could get real ugly real soon.
Cutler did all the right things in the offseason, reporting for camp in the best shape of his life and presenting himself as a better leader.
Cutler chose his words carefully while narrowly avoiding calling out his offensive line and coaching staff. Still, that he acknowledges four weeks into the season "we're still figuring it out” is not a good sign.
Cutler has been sacked 14 times and hit 23 more. His patience, not to mention his health, is wearing thin. A tirade to live on in ESPN lore could be in the making.
Things did not bode well for Chad Henne when fans showed up to Miami Dolphins training camp, only to root for a Kyle Orton trade.
Henne got a temporary reprieve with his 400-yard Week 1 performance against the New England Patriots, but since then the Miami quarterback has returned to mediocrity.
Henne believes he will be able to return to the starting lineup from a separated left (non-throwing) shoulder after the bye week. The question is, how long will he be there?
In 2010, Shonn Greene was expected to be the new star on the New York Jets offense.
The results were mixed, but he performed well enough that the Jets brass believed 2011 would be the breakout year for the power back. Instead he is on track for the worst season of his three-year career.
Greene is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry and has found the end zone once as the Jets running game, once the staple of the offense, has plummeted to 30th in the NFL.
How much longer until future Hall of Famer LaDanian Tomlinson finds himself thrust into the starting role?
The seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft has just nine catches on the year and has been passed on the depth chart by 2011 fifth-round pick Denarius Moore and veteran journeyman Derek Hagan.
Darrius Heyward-Bey came into the NFL as the fastest receiver in his draft class. With 44 catches in three seasons, that speed has yet to lead to consistent production.
Heyward-Bey just topped 100 yards against the Patriots, but the feeling here is that the performance has more to do with New England’s pass defense (dead-last in the league) than a DHB breakout game.
The receiver has just two touchdowns in his career, and at this point, only Al Davis has his back. Eventually Davis will come to reason, just as he did with JaMarcus Russell.
On the season, New England running back Danny Woodhead has as many tackles (two) as the former All-Pro defensive lineman. Haynesworth was brought in to form 700 pounds of D-line trouble alongside Vince Wilfork.
Instead, Haynesworth has become 350 pounds of bench warmer. There is little reason to believe he will turn things around, as New England runs the same 3-4 scheme he so despised with the Washington Redskins.
We all know Belichick has a short leash, and it may only be a matter of time before Haynesworth finds himself on the unemployment line.
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