NFL Predictions 2010-11: Five Players Who Won't Live Up to Expectations
What was done in the 2009-10 season is almost officially behind us with the new season set to start this upcoming week. A new season means a fresh start for players who had disappointing years last season and, for those who had success, a chance to build on it.
Expectations are generally set on how a player or team performed the previous season. The New York Jets made an impressive postseason run in Mark Sanchez's first season, which has brought Super Bowl or bust expectations to New York.
We all know that there will be teams to disappoint this season, but what players aren't going to live up to the success that they enjoyed a year ago?
Here are five players who will most certainly be unable to live up to the hype.
Mark Sanchez can thank Rex Ryan's big mouth for the unrealistic expectations laid upon him. If you've watched HBO "Hard Knocks," you will know that Ryan has made the Jets' offense sound like it will be able to whatever it wants whenever it wants.
The problem is that, in order for that to happen, the Jets are going to need their second-year quarterback, who threw 12 touchdowns compared to 20 interceptions last season, to have a much more productive season. After seeing Sanchez in the preseason, it's clear that he isn't going to have the type of season Ryan envisioned him having.
Expecting Sanchez to be able to march the offense down the field isn't his game at this point in his career. Running the football and asking the young quarterback to make short, high percentage passes is the best way to go heading into the season.
It won't be surprising if Sanchez's numbers are better than a year ago, but don't expect a dramatic leap in his performance.
Over 4,000 passing yards, 33 TD to just seven INT, and a QB rating of 107.2. More importantly, a trip to the NFC title game.
Those are the things that Brett Favre has to live up to this season. Without Sidney Rice for the first half of the season to go with a balky ankle, it could end up being a rough year for No. 4. Despite the health concerns, what is more alarming has been Favre's attitude since he's arrived in Minnesota.
He has made it well known that he is unsure if his ankle will be able to hold up for the season. And it also doesn't help that Favre came back as a "favor" to his teammates.
It will be impossible for the Vikings and Favre to replicate the magic they enjoyed last season because everything was new. Now that this is the gunslinger's second year with the Vikes, it will be interesting to see if Favre is able to get himself as fired up if things don't go as well.
We all saw how bad the future Hall of Famer was with the Jets and how good he was with Minnesota.
This season may not be as bad as the one with New York, but it will be close.
Ochocino is easily one of the most beloved players in the league. He is also one of the most overrated players in the NFL.
If you don't believe me, look at his career numbers. He's never topped 1,500 yards in his career, which is a big feat but is surprising considering how much smack Ocho talks. It's clear that his best days are behind him and it's also clear that he's willing to be Robin to T.O.'s Batman. Does that make the VH1 reality star a good teammate or is it an admission that he can't do it by himself?
After seeing how Darelle Revis smothered him in the playoffs, it appears that Ocho knows he needed help and called up his buddy Owens to bail him out.
Not only will T.O. finish with more yards and TD this season, Ocho won't crack the 1,000 yard mark. Remember that he only finished with 1,047 yards a year ago when he was Carson Palmer's only weapon.
Everybody knows Shonn Greene from his breakout performance in the playoffs last season. And it is being assumed that he will be able to continue on from that success into this year.
Not so fast.
LaDainian Tomlinson looked great in preseason action and is going to play a bigger role than originally expected. Add in that defenses are going to be loading the box up against Greene making it tougher sledding for him this season.
He scorched San Diego and Cincinnati in the playoffs, which has caused the fans and media to expect the same this year.
Don't expect it. Greene isn't going to see the running lanes that he saw a year ago and, with L.T. sitting in the wings, it will be a disappointing year for the former Iowa Hawkeye.
The former Denver Bronco wide receiver looks to continue his success in a Dolphin uniform this season after receiving a lucrative contract extension over the offseason. Marshall has caught over 100 balls in three consecutive seasons with the Broncos.
While adding the talented Marshall was a great move by Miami, it doesn't necessarily mean he will be able to do what he did in Denver.
At least not this year.
Especially considering that he will have to match up against the vaunted New York Jets' defense twice and possibly even Darelle Revis if he comes back by Week 3. Quarterback Chad Henne may have a promising future, but we have to see it on the field before we can assume that he will able to get the job done.
Kyle Orton may not be the sexiest name at the quarterback position, but he was a solid QB that had good chemistry with Marshall. Time will tell if Henne and Marshall will be able to replicate that.