Sam Bradford and the 5 Most Disappointing NFL Players of 2011
In a season that has shown some very pleasant surprises, there are also a fair amount of disappointments as well.
Many of these players are disappointing from a statistical perception, but their lack of production has also had a negative impact on their team's overall performance.
It should come as no surprise that a lot of these players are on offense, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that so many other players are shining on offense where these men are not.
Whether it was truly the pressure of having Tim Tebow behind him, or simply a lack of talent around him to help pick him up, Kyle Orton failed to meet the expectations that were set for him coming into 2011.
After his most prolific statistical season in 2010, Orton was poised to be a hot commodity prior to training camp or in free agency at the seasons conclusion.
Poor production, teamed with an inability to protect the ball, not only left the door open for the Tebow era to begin in Denver but it practically invited it in and offered it a drink.
Orton has certainly let his value on the open market drop to almost nothing when the free agency period begins for next season.
Two-hundred and fifty yards rushing and a touchdown sounds like a pretty good days work for Chris Johnson, who is paid to be one of the biggest playmakers in the NFL.
Sadly, those statistics are for the season and all five games that Johnson has played in. Only once in 2011 has Johnson rushed for over 100 yards, and even worse, he has only found the end zone once as well.
Somehow, the lack of production has not completely derailed the 3-2 Titans, but fans, coaches and teammates have to be wondering how good they can be when Chris Johnson decides to show up from his hold out.
Tony Romo seems to be a candidate for every list created by NFL analysts: Most Courageous, Most Frustrating, Most Likely To Choke, etc.
In this case, Romo shows up because he can be blamed solely for the two losses his team has suffered. With wins in hand for Dallas, Romo turned the tides of each game with maddening turnovers that allowed their opponents to come back and win.
It is a huge disappointment in Dallas that this team is not 4-0, and even though Romo had a big hand in their two wins, he is equally to blame for their two losses.
One of the most highly coveted free agents this past offseason has not spurred his new team to victories at the rate which was advertised.
Asomugha ended Week 6 of the NFL season with only one interception and has not been the lockdown corner that he is often assumed to be.
To be fair, the statistic of interceptions is an overrated one when it comes to the all around performance of a cornerback, but for a team that sorely needs turnovers to change momentum, they are not getting it from their big name defender.
The reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year has gotten off to a very slow start. Bradford has only found the end zone three times this season, which is half of the production that he posted as a rookie at this point last season, when he had six.
The marriage of Sam Bradford and Josh McDaniels had many fantasy pundits predicting big numbers for the young quarterback on a team that appeared to be improving.
Instead, Bradford has struggled not only to score, but also to accumulate yardage, having only thrown for over 200 yards twice this season.
Bradford has a long way to go to recapture the promise that he showed last season of becoming an elite quarterback.