By definition, the word "obnoxious" used as an adjective means something that is extremely unpleasant. Luckily for sports fans everywhere, there are plenty of those on each professional team ready to speak or act out just when we least want them to.
Every NFL team has at least one of these types of people. He is basically that person who talks too much and can never back it up with his play or results.
Those individuals essentially do nothing but hurt the team with their antics and sometimes even interfere with their respective teams chemistry.
Some of the choices are not limited to only players that are on the team, but people who are working for the team whether that is the coaches, management or owner.
This is not to say they are awful athletes who deserve to be fired, but just that they are those individuals whom fans are starting to get sick of or just over. They may have some redeeming qualities, but for now, they do not outweigh the negative affect toward them.
He is probably one of the most frustrating players to watch for all fans of the Dallas Cowboys. Only until recently has he been playing decent enough to actually start helping the team win games. However, he still has the lingering questions of whether or not he can win where it actually matters, the playoffs.
Romo is the starting Dallas Cowboys quarterback. He has dated high profile celebrities all of whom were gorgeous and talented. Tony Romo is essentially the “playboy” of the position (with maybe the exception of Tom Brady).
But he has yet to lead his team deep into the playoffs regardless of the talent surrounding him. It is tough to argue that the Cowboys are lacking in talent and have just not been good enough to win these past few years. They are a good team and just when the team needs Romo, he disappears.
Whatever the reasons for his distractions during those years, hopefully he backs it up this year with his play
Brandon Jacobs is one of the biggest backs playing in the NFL right now.
He is 6’4” 260 pounds and still has trouble running north/south down the field. He continues to run like he is a Reggie Bush type back and tries going side to side.
There have been countless times this season and his entire career where if he just ran straight instead of going for the home run play, his team could have sustained a drive or even scored.
Jacobs is a talented athlete and has the potential to be a bruising runner. However, until he manages to hone in on his strengths rather than try to better his ego and stat sheet, the Giants will always be at a disadvantage with him in the lineup.
DeSean Jackson seems to be playing with no passion this season. Whether this is because he is injured or the team is not doing well, there is no excuse for his play.
Just last week he missed a wide-open touchdown pass in the end zone because of what looked to be fear of getting hit. Right before the ball got to him, he backed off knowing there was a defender coming his way.
Now there are always going to be drops in the NFL and even in crucial situations such as that one. However, with the starting quarterback injured, and a fairly new quarterback in the lineup, the rest of the team has to step up to him out.
Jackson just does not look like he is giving his all and that pains fans due to how good he actually could be.
Rex Grossman has always been up and down in the NFL.
Going back to the Chicago Bears days where his play was so sporadic, there was absolutely no way of knowing which Grossman would come to play.
He would have days where he could throw for over 300 yards with a couple touchdowns and zero interceptions. However there are also days where he would throw for four interceptions zero touchdowns and 100 yards. What could be worse is that when each of these situations happened, nobody was really surprised.
Grossman started off hot on the Redskins and even led them to a Week 1 victory of the New York Giants. However, fans have to realize that he is not the answer to a sustainable organization.
His play does not support his position and although he is probably trying his hardest, this is the professional and a starting quarterback in the NFL cannot be throwing 10 touchdowns to 14 interceptions.
The culprit for the Packers is the entire defense.
The Green Bay Packers are undefeated and they look to be the best team in the NFL right now.
However, that being said, the defense for this team should never be bragging about this record. This is mainly because all the wins are strongly influenced by the offense production with Aaron Rodgers and those stellar receivers.
Granted the defense has to do something for them to win and to say they do absolutely nothing would be nonsense. However they have statistically one of the worst defenses both against the run and pass.
They give up tons of yards per game and although they do create a bunch of turnovers, they still manage to give up ridiculous amounts of yards to mediocre teams.
When they reach the playoffs and teams such as the Patriots or Steelers (teams who are low turnover), the pressure will really mount on that offense to keep the team in the game.
Ndamukong Suh seems to be a great guy off the field. After watching interviews and guest appearances of Suh on television, it looks like he is intelligent and well mannered.
However, after his antics on the field, it is tough to say that he is that same intelligent level-headed person that we have come to see off the field.
In a tight game against the Packers, he lost his cool and managed to get himself thrown out. Now before I go any further, this article is not about whether or not his play is dirty or not. That is a completely different topic. However, what is apparent is that for a player of his talent and caliber, he should understand the situation he is in.
There is a close game where his presence is needed and he looses his cool. That is something that spreads to the rest of the defense when the leader of the group cannot compose his actions.
Even after contacting the commissioner to clarify what he could do to clean up his play, he manages to lose his cool once again.
Suh is most likely a great guy in person, but he has to show that he is a leader on the field when his team needs him and stop playing selfishly.
Over the years, Jay Cutler has actually shown that he can be a pretty good NFL quarterback.
He has always been known for having a rocket arm but his toughness has been called into question. In recent games and this 2011 season especially, he has shown signs of bettering his attitude and play.
However, before this year, he gave off the attitude of a player who was playing for the money and fame more so than the joy of winning and competing. Cutler was seen dating celebrities and having poor body language when on the sideline.
There was even a year when his toughness was questioned when he sat on the sidelines (looking healthy) while his backup took over quarterback duties.
Just recently Cutler injured himself after chasing down his opponent towards the sideline. This is unfortunate because he was playing some of the best ball his whole career and the rest of the team was rallying behind him. This time is not so much obnoxious as it is frustrating to all Bears fans.
Hopefully Cutler can come back and start winning again.
I think we can all agree that Donovan McNabb is done with his career. He is in year 13 of his NFL career and has reached the old age of 35.
It looks slim that he has the ability to bounce back this late in his career. In the 2011 season, he started as quarterback of the Vikings but was soon removed after having abysmal production.
Luckily for his image he has not come out to complain about his situation out in Minnesota. He is laying low and not saying a word, which is what he should be doing.
At the start of the season he mentioned that he still had enough in his tank to be an elite quarterback. Looks like with the power of hindsight fans can see that he is washed up.
Philip Rivers is the cause for most of the stress in Chargers fans.
In my opinion, he is still a very good quarterback who is probably hitting a slump. However that is no excuse and he needs to pick up his play. He needs to figure it out for his team's sake.
He has thrown 16 touchdowns with 17 interceptions. Those are pretty poor numbers however he does rank fairly high in yards acquired with 3,211.
Rivers may think he is an elite quarterback, but until his play backs it up, he needs to stop talking to the media and focus more on his decision making during games.
Tyler Palko did not come into starting in an ideal situation. The starting quarterback was injured and he had to step in but it happens.
Coming into this position, no team, fan or coach will expect Tom Brady numbers. However what they do expect is the ability to manage the game and keep turnovers to a minimum.
Palko comes in and throws six interceptions to zero touchdown passes.
Everyone understands that Palko will not have a Super Bowl caliber year, but they do expect him to be a professional and not put his team in the situations he has been.
Surprisingly, this award does not go to Tim Tebow.
He may not be playing for the Broncos anymore, but he sure is making his name heard in the news.
Elway needs to get over the fact that he is not playing anymore and should not be in the news. Almost every news story about the Broncos is about Tim Tebow or how John Elway wants to get rid of him.
Publicly saying that the current starting quarterback (who is 5-1 as a starter) is not the future of the team is just unnecessary. Elway should have more class than to mock his current players and say that he wants someone else.
It seems as if any quarterback who does not play like Elway did will not be good enough for his standards. Maybe it is his stubbornness or his dislike of Tebow, either way, as a professional he needs to keep private matters private and keep the media on how well the Broncos are doing.
Hue Jackson stated earlier this season that getting Carson Palmer was the greatest trade in the history of football.
Obviously that is an absurd statement (unless the Raiders can somehow in the Super Bowl this year).
How overly confident and obnoxious does a coach have to be to say getting a quarterback off the couch is the “best” pick up of all time?
Wayne Weaver fired head coach Jack Del Rio and sold his team on Nov. 29, 2011.
The season is already past its midway point and only has five games left in the regular season. Of course I do not know the financial situation of the team or the personal situation of the owner, however selling at this point instead of waiting to finish the 2011 season seems unfair.
Firing the coach and selling sends a message to the players that even the owner has given up.
Weaver has shown once again that loyalty to employees goes right out the window when money is involved.
Although Peyton Manning is not even playing this year, there has been more news coverage on Manning’s health than on the team (this may actually be good).
However, there are talks about whether or not the Colts should draft Andrew Luck and deal Manning away. Either way, Manning not playing is starting to be a distraction for the team.
Especially when Manning discusses the possibility of coming back or anything non-football related, it distracts from the team's progress.
Manning needs to avoid talking about anything related to himself and focus more on what the team needs to do to get better and not go winless this 2011 season.
Chris Johnson signs one of the biggest deals for a running back, and what does he have to show for it? He is on his way to a season in jeopardy of not gaining over 1,000 yards.
This is not to say Johnson is a bad running back now. In fact, that would be an ignorant statement. He still has the potential to do big things in this league. He is fast and talented.
However, for how much news surrounded his new contract and holdout, his play does not reflect how much the Titans had to pay to keep him.
One of the most frustrating things for fans and teams is having a player believe he deserves an absurd amount of money, getting paid that money and under delivering.
Andre Johnson is arguably the best receiver in the game.
He is physical and talented.
However, after his fight with Tennessee Titans corner last year and being injured for most of this season, his effectiveness is starting to come into question.
Fans know of his talent and what he can do on the field, however in this day and age, players are expected to do more than just play the game. They have to be good role models on and off the field.
Johnson has to do more on the field to compensate for his recent transgressions as a player and role model to his fans.
Peyton Hillis had one of his best career seasons in 2010 rushing for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns.
This year he has significantly fell down statistically and is not looking like he can recover. He reminds fans of Brandon Jacobs (a big back who is a bruising player to take down). However, he has not been good at all this season.
Some people will say it is the offensive line, the lack of overall offensive production or even the coaching. Hillis has to look at himself and decide if he can help this team out or not.
The reason behind this is that this year he has done little to nothing for this team and his lack of passion on the field is starting to show as well.
The entire Cincinnati Bengals are extremely frustrating to watch.
Andy Dalton is an exceptional rookie who looks to have a bright future ahead of him. The rest of the team is playing pretty well as well but have no real defining wins on their schedule.
Although there is a tremendous amount of hype surrounding their play and record, their schedule (with the exception of the Ravens, Steelers and 49ers) is pretty weak.
They are playing well and winning games, however they should not be looking at those wins and saying that they are a great football team.
Indeed they have made the most of their situation especially with a rookie quarterback, but they are far from being a “good” football team.
They have the potential to be great as long as they consciously make an effort to understand it will take time and effort.
Ben Roethlisberger has been playing fairly decent as of late but started off pretty poor.
He complained about his injuries and looked like he was playing to catch up to the likes of Tom Brady and Drew Brees.
Frankly, Big Ben is not that type of quarterback. He will scramble, avoid rushers and make timely passes when he needs to. However, his defense will do most of the work and as long as he can prevent himself from throwing interceptions they look to be in a good position.
The receiving core is strong and the run game is always decent with Pittsburgh.
Roethlisberger needs to stop pretending he is in the upper echelon of quarterbacks and just go back to playing low turnover and high efficiency football.
Joe Flacco really needs to understand his role on this team.
The Baltimore Ravens are a defense first team and should remain that way. With that in mind, Flacco needs to focus on not turning the ball over and maintain a high pass efficiency statistic.
He has eight interceptions to only 13 touchdown throws. Flacco needs to pick up his level and make smarter decisions.
Reggie Bush was an outstanding college running back. In fact, he was arguably one of the most fun players to watch in the history of college football.
However as many fans know, great college careers does not necessarily equate to a dominant NFL career.
Bush is a clear example of that. After getting drafted to the New Orleans Saints he soon found out that in the NFL there are roles (especially for rookies). They are not expected to make the home run play and gain 20 yards every touch. They are there to do what they are told and help the team win.
It seemed as if in the beginning of his career Bush did not understand how hard he had to work to be efficient in the NFL.
He had a demeanor to him that seemed almost as if he expected things to come as easy to him in the NFL as it did at USC.
After this weekend, any respect I had for Stevie Johnson has gone down the drain.
He received a touchdown pass and decided that mocking Plaxico Burress in his touchdown celebration was appropriate.
During his celebration he fell to the ground leading to a penalty, which hurt the team for that short-term period. Later he then dropped a perfectly thrown ball in the fourth quarter final drive that could have potentially led to a touchdown.
It is one thing to mock other players and then perform at a level that exceeds expectations, however when a player looses focus that badly especially at that crucial part of a game, there is no excuse.
Now the epitome of the term "obnoxious" has to go to NY Jets coach Rex Ryan. For the most part, all he does is talk, and it's mostly just hot air.
He has guaranteed Super Bowls for his teams. He has said he will guarantee wins against particular opponents. After all this, all he has to show are losses in the playoffs.
Ryan’s talking may have been to motivate his team but at this point it is just becoming annoying and nonsense. Most of his “guarantees” are never true and with a team as talented as the Jets, it is surprising he has not made it to the Super Bowl at least once.
Granted he does have some quality wins against big name teams, but ultimately that means nothing if the end result is not a Super Bowl.
Tom Brady is a competitor. He trash talks and unfortunately for his opponents he delivers as well.
Brady is known around the league for being one of the biggest talkers for a quarterback. He puts a target on his back against whomever he is playing. This is both good and bad because it looks like he thrives on fans and players hating him.
He is almost guaranteed a position in the Hall of Fame after he retires and has multiple records under his name.
This is one of those rare cases where he may be obnoxious but delivers when he needs to.
One of the more frustrating and surprising stories in the NFL this year is the lack of production from standout Sam Bradford.
His completion percentage is hovering around the 50 percent mark, and he has only thrown six touchdowns so far this season. Bradford is clearly not playing the way anyone expected him to this year.
After coming off of an impressive rookie season last year, it was expected of him to only get better this year. That is not the case.
Maybe he did not work as hard thinking that it could only get easier with more years in the league. Nobody will know the actual answer except Sam Bradford himself.
Kevin Kolb showed off his skills while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles as a backup to Donovan McNabb.
He is a pretty decent quarterback talent wise and whether or not he is a good starter or backup is up for debate. However, it is clear that he is not focusing on his own play with the Arizona Cardinals.
With all that knowledge, it comes to question how much effort he is putting into his own playbook. Arizona is struggling and instead of calling out plays for the defense, how about Kolb starts putting in more time for the Cardinals playbook instead.
Ever since Pete Carroll left USC, he has been on some fan’s blacklists. Some argue he left because he knew the potential sanctions about to come down at USC but those are all just allegations.
Carroll came into the NFL with previous NFL experience as an assistant and head coach experience in the college ranks.
Whether or not he came in expecting to win like he did at USC is always up for question. However, it looked like he believed he could turn this whole organization around with his clever tricks at recruiting the under-the-radar players (Charlie Whitehurst).
As the season goes on and his career takes on a few more years, Carroll’s true ability as an NFL head coach will be revealed.
There is no doubt that Dashon Goldson has talent. He is a great player on a great team and is on his way to compete for a Super Bowl trophy.
However, as a veteran and a leader of that defense, getting in fights and losing composure is not something that should happen.
After his scrum with Arizona Cardinals player Early Doucet, it was evident that he had lost his cool and managed to get himself kicked out of the game.
What is obnoxious about this is little to no action should ever result in a reaction of fists being thrown. This is a professional league with every action being caught on camera. They are supposed to be role models and understanding that is critical.
Goldson may be a huge part of that defense, but his actions really shined a negative light on him.
Winner goes to the entire Panthers defense.
This Carolina Panthers offense is being led by potential ROY Cam Newton. Surprisingly enough, both the rush and pass offense is ranked within the top 10 in the league.
Yet they are 3-8 and ranked fourth in the NFC South.
It looks like the main problem is the defense. They allow 137.5 rush yards per game, which is ranked 28 in the league. Carolina also allows 232.6 yards in the air leading their ranking to 15 in the league.
Cam Newton is doing all that he can, leading one of the most potent offenses in the league but the defense is struggling to keep up.
Most of the blame should go to the defense and their lack of production for this team's current record.
Hello Tampa Bay defense.
The Tampa Bay Bucs started the season off pretty well. During the first six games, they went 4-2 with the two losses to the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers, both playoff bound teams.
During that stretch they managed to beat two quality teams in the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.
However, the pass and rush defense are downright pathetic. They are ranked 28 and 30 in the league respectively. If both those rankings had been in the teens, their record would have been completely different.
Starting quarterback Josh Freeman played extremely well which is partly the reason for all those wins in the beginning of 2011. However with no help from the defense he just could not maintain that level of play.
The Bucs defense is one of the major reasons for the team’s five-game losing streak.
Matt Ryan might be one of the most overrated quarterbacks in the league.
Although he is playing decent with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, for a player such as Ryan who is getting as much praise as he has, 10 interceptions is far too much for only 18 touchdowns.
It almost seems as if he acts like he deserves to win because he played well last season.
Until he starts to play the way he is expected, he will be considered an overrated player.
The Saints offense is great.
The Saints defense is not.
The New Orleans Saints are 8-3 and ranked first in the NFC South. They are poised to make the playoffs and are looking like they can make a serious contention for the Lombardi trophy.
However, most of the wins have come from the play of Drew Brees and that offense. They are ranked top ten in the rush and have the best pass attack in the league.
In all the three losses the Saints have had, they have scored at least 20 points. That leads fans and analysts to believe that the defense is the real issue.
The team overall is great, but to say that the defense deserves a good amount of the credit for their record is ridiculous.