There have been plenty of head scratching decisions being made around the league this season. Coaches are wasting away precious time on players that will be taking them no where in the future but the unemployment line. There are some other players trying to get things together after some rough first halves of the season following breakout seasons in 2010. I will take a look at a few different situations and what to expect for the second half of this season and into the future.
Blaine Gabbert- Gabbert has been exactly what I expected this season. He is not and never will be a quality NFL quarterback. Gabbert is one of those players that looks fantastic during drills in practice showing off his physical skills but panics under pressure. He is just another Brady Quinn. Gabbert is the definition of a college system quarterback who can not translate his game to the NFL which is always a concern for NFL coaches. Jacksonville also lacks any play-makers on offense other than an wore down Maurice Jones-Drew which is just another reason to not have him on your fantasy roster.
Peyton Hillis- Hillis continues to not be able to get healthy as he once again tweaked his hamstring. We predicted him to be a bust and has proven that he was just a one year wonder. Cleveland was smart enough not to offer him a long-term contract which was a great move. The Browns however have swung and missed on other things. Colt McCoy is proving that he is nothing more than a back-up QB at the NFL level. While he has some mental toughness, he lacks the physical tools to be a successful starting QB. I expect the Browns will need to revamp their skill players next season starting with a new starting RB and QB.
Mike Williams- Wiliams has been a real disappointment this season for several reasons. He has some issues with drops, penalties taking away big plays and lack of quality quarterback play. The Tampa Bay play-calling lacks any imagination and aggression unless the game seems to be on the line. Josh Freeman has only been productive when trailing big or during the 4th quarter. The new offensive system would be a great bonus to some young talented players. I do expect Williams to have a much better half the rest of the way coming up with 4 to 5 TD's.
Willis McGahee- McGahee is expected to be ready for Week 9 but I am not sure how that hand can not be an issue. A broken hand with screws and pins inserted taking on contact within two weeks seems crazy. I expect it to be an issue this week and Knowshon Moreno will be used in passing situations. McGahee should not be started this week. This also brings up a question why Moreno is not been given a chance to see what he can do. He is more talented than McGahee and at a minimum far more likely to be around in the future. Moreno has struggled with injuries but with team is going no where it makes sense to see what he has to offer. Coach John Fox seems to be coaching to somehow hoping he can tank the teams record so he can build the team the way he wants. Message to Coach Fox, play the young guys and stop being such a jacka**. This is the same idiot that stuck with Jake Delhomme at QB so he is not likely to listen to outside advice.
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Terrell Owens- Owens is still better than most of the wide receivers in this league assuming his knee is healthy. He has been one of the most productive players over the last 10 years. Does he have an attitude problem at times? yes...but he is not the cancer everyone says he is as it turns out Donovan McNabb is not exactly the great guy he is portrayed to be. There is a reason McNabb has been run out of a few different towns in the last few years. McNabb is the one who ran out of gas in the Super Bowl while Owens risked his career to get healthy enough to play in the game. Owens was a top 10 fantasy receiver last year before his injury and is still a physical freak. I also think it is ignored by many what young receivers have developed on the teams he has left. Miles Austin and Steve Johnson were young no-names wide receivers that once played along side Owens. Owens is not Randy Moss....he actually tries on every play.
Carson Palmer- Palmer is no longer a starting QB in the NFL. He lacks the willingness to go down field, mobility to escape pressure and is arm strength is not even close to what it once was. Palmer arm strength problem is probably based on his previous elbow issue which he choose to rehab through physical therapy rather than surgery. The Raiders were complete idiots to trade away the picks they did. Oakland panicked when Jason Campbell went down and while Kyle Boller was not very good, Palmer is not the answer. Oakland has the play-makers at receiver to be a playoff team to along with a great running game when Darren McFadden is healthy but they will not make the playoffs and will regret the Palmer deal for years to come.
John Beck- Beck is another worthless QB and if the Redskins were smart they would dump Coach Mike Shanahan at the end of the season. His personnel decisions have been terrible. It was a complete mistake relying on Rex Grossman and Beck to lead this team. Grossman was a turnover machine but at least the team moved the ball while Beck was at the helm last week in the first shutout by a Shanahn led team against one of the worst defensives in the league in Buffalo. You also can not forgot the completely useless group of wide receivers in Washington that Shanahan has been using and assembled. The once proud franchise is still going to be looking for answers into the considerable future.
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