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Michael Vick and the 7 Most Visibly Frustrated Players in the NFL

Matt LeirdahlContributor IIIOctober 18, 2011

Michael Vick and the 7 Most Visibly Frustrated Players in the NFL

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    2011 has been a season of both surprises and disappointments. Most of those disappointments have turned into frustration, and for good reason. 

    These frustrations have been well documented and range from contract disputes to disputes with coaches. 

    One player, Brandon Lloyd was so frustrated, he demanded a trade. His wish was granted as he was swiftly traded to the St. Louis Rams

    Michael Vick has been another one of the most frustrated players in the league, and his saga has played out in a very public manner.

    Frustration has no doubt been one of the common themes of the 2011 season and here are some of the most visibly frustrated players in the NFL...

Peyton Hillis

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    Coming into this season, Peyton Hillis was one of the most hyped running backs in the league. He was even on the cover of Madden NFL '12.

    This season has been nothing but frustration and disappointment for him (Madden Curse?). He has yet to rush for more than 100 yards in a game.

    On top of all of that, he has a contract dispute with the Cleveland Browns. This has been a thorn in the side of the team.

    His recent play is not helping his case for an extension.

Michael Vick

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    There are few players that can be more frustrated than Michael Vick. After all, he is the leader of the "dream team", which is now 2-4.

    It seems as though every week during a press conference, he espouses his frustrations about the recent loss. 

    He has even outright said that he is frustrated, “If you look at all the replays, I’m on the ground every time. I’d be lying I said I wasn’t frustrated right now because of that.”

    Vick has fumbled six times and thrown eight interceptions, something that the quarterback of the "dream team" should not be doing, and he knows it. That is what really causes the frustration.

    He also suffered a couple bad injuries this season, which are not helping him to relax. 

Matt Forte

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    Matt Forte is another running back who is looking for a new contract, but unlike Peyton Hillis, Matt Forte has deserved a new one this season. 

    He has an average of 5.3 yards per carry and has averaged 10.6 yards per catch, with one touchdown from the ground, and one from the air. 

    The Chicago Bears won't budge when it comes to the numbers, and neither will Forte.

    If his stats continue to be this good and the Bears still refuse to up the offer, it will be a long, frustrating season for Matt Forte. 

Cam Newton

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    Cam Newton has been nothing short of spectacular this year, especially since he is a rookie quarterback. The Carolina Panthers, on the other hand, have not been nearly as spectacular. 

    The 1-5 Panthers fell again to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 6, and this was the most frustrated he has been all season. After throwing three interceptions, he did not even shake hands with the victorious Falcons.

    He was also quite irked in his post-game press conference saying, 

    "At some point, you’ve got to look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself what can you do to make it better, and I’m doing a self-evaluation as we speak."

    Cam Newton will try to take ownership of his actions, and judging by his tone, he is serious. 

Chris Johnson

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    Chris Johnson was supposed to be an offensive juggernaut this season after receiving a monster contract. Instead, he has been an offensive dud. 

    He only has one touchdown this season and an average of three yards per carry. Those are unacceptable numbers for one of the highest-payed players in the league. 

    Johnson is working through it, and his numbers have improved since the beginning of the season, but they are nowhere near where they should be for a player of his talent.

    There is no doubt the fans share in his frustration. 

Adrian Peterson

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    One of the most dynamic players in the league is on one of the most disappointing teams in the league, and he is not happy about it.

    The Vikings have the talent to be better than 1-5 and Adrian Peterson knows it. He has not only been frustrated with the performance of the team, but he has been frustrated with the coaches as well.

    He has not been getting carries in the second half and that is part of the reason for all of the collapses in the second half for the Vikings.

    He was also a non-factor in Week 6 against the Chicago Bears and with a new quarterback controversy, things could get worse before they get better. 

Santonio Holmes

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    Another one of the most disappointing teams in the league has been the New York Jets. One of the most publicly frustrated players on this team has been Santonio Holmes. 

    With a .500 record there is plenty to be upset about.

    There were reports that Holmes, along with Derrick Mason, and Plaxico Burress, went to talk to head coach Rex Ryan to complain about offensive coordinator Brain Shottenhiemer's play calling.

    He has also been a big critic of the offensive line, whose performance directly affects his.

    With a convincing win against Miami, maybe some of that frustration will disappear.  

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