Well Is There Anything Else To Be Learned ? There Are Some Very Bad Teams Within The NFL At Present …….Need One Say Anymore ?

We’ve been often told that what makes the NFL so competitive is the very fact that … there’s parity within the league. Granted, that may well be the case, when the teams have a roster wherein there’s creativity and athleticism on both sides of the ball. But as of now, I don’t believe that a veracity can be made for that argument.

Browns'  coach  Eric  Mangini   stands  on the  sidelines  as  he  watches  his   team   play the  Buffalo  Bills  at  Ralph  Wilson  Stadium,   Orchard Park,  NY.   The   Browns  would   end  up  defeating  the  Bills  6-3   in a  thoroughly   deplorable  game  that  was  poorly  executed   in  every  facet.    picture   appears  courtesy  of   getty  images/  Rick  Stewart   .....................
Browns' coach Eric Mangini stands on the sidelines as he watches his team play the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, NY. The Browns would end up defeating the Bills 6-3 in a thoroughly deplorable game that was poorly executed in every facet. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Rick Stewart .....................

The NFL has some extremely bad teams at present and though no one is prepared to make that argument in full. I believe that a great many of the NFL analysts on television and on the airwaves aren’t prepared to address that issue head on. But then again it could very well be that they’re far too reverent when it comes to the NFL and its brand. After-all without the benevolence of the NFL , many of these esteemed individuals would be without a job , so to speak. Where would you imagine that the likes of Chris Berman , Chris Mortensen , Merrill Hoge , Howie Long and Matt Millen would be without on air tv position ?

Let’s look at those teams in question and their alleged problems .The Cleveland Browns (1-4) coached by Eric Mangini are barely showing any signs of life . Albeit, that the Browns were able attain a win over the Buffalo Bills that was in many respects an embarrassment for anyone who was in attendance at the game at Ralph Wilson Stadium, New York City. The resulting win , by a 6-3 margin over the Buffalo Bills was an embarrassment and the NFL can’t have been at all pleased with what was exhibited by both teams. But then again , I could well be wrong , as the very evidence shows the primary existence has been the NFL’s effort to make as much money as they possibly can at the very expense of their most vocal patrons – the fans.

Chiefs'   quarterback  Matt  Cassel (7)  having   fumbled  the  ball  during  the  scrimmage   looks to retrieve  the  ball    in a  game  played  against the  Dallas Cowboys  at  Arrowhead  Stadium  in  Kansais  City  ,   Missouri.   Looking  on  is  the  Cowboys'   player  ,  Keith  Brooking .    picture appears   courtesy  of  getty  images/  Jamie  Squire  .....................
Chiefs' quarterback Matt Cassel (7) having fumbled the ball during the scrimmage looks to retrieve the ball in a game played against the Dallas Cowboys at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansais City , Missouri. Looking on is the Cowboys' player , Keith Brooking . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jamie Squire .....................

The Cleveland Browns as a team has yet to show any semblance of competitiveness and the belief was that Mangini would be the coach who’d be able to instill discipline and a willingness to play with a competitive spirit. Thus far, neither has materialized under the coaching of Eric Mangini. This team has regressed under Mangini and that isn’t very difficult to equate when one considers that Mangini’s predecessor, Romeo Crennel, coached this team .

At present there are four unbeaten teams within the league and those teams are Kansas City Chiefs (0-5), St Louis Rams (0-5), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5) and the Tennessee Titans (0-5). But that shouldn’t in any way excuse the teams that have posted one or two wins at present. As those teams aren’t that much better than the teams who still remain win-less . It may well be the luck of the bounce as they say or the fact of the matter that.. you make your luck. It remains a fact that there are a number of extremely bad teams within the NFL at this juncture.

In the AFC West , much like its counterpart, NFC West there is some very bad football being played ! And most certainly the makeup of the teams within both of those divisions leaves a great deal to be desired. And though there are one or two surprises in the guise – in terms of the play of both the San Francisco 49ers (3-2)and the Denver Broncos (5-0) from each of the respect divisions . The fact that they sit atop of both of their respective divisions, comes as a surprise to the vast majority of many, as well as a number of NFL fans. I’ve never really brought into the fact that the football being played within either of those divisions was all that good to begin with. Far too often the likes of the San Diego Chargers (2-2) , Seattle Seahawks (2-3) and Arizona Cardinals (2-2), can never seem to remain and play with a modicum of consistency. Be it through bad coaching or simply from the fact of losing players to injuries or personnel turnover. For lack of a better word – the teams within those divisions , more often than not tend to fall short of expectations. And before you say …..”well the Cardinals did make last season’s Superbowl”. My answer to that would be … have you watched the Cardinals as of late ?

Kyle Boller  (12) of the  St  Louis  Rams  drops  back to  make a  pass against the  Minnesota  Vikings   in a  game  at the  Edward  Jones   Dome  in    St Louis,  Missouri.       The   Vikings  would   go  on to  defeat  the  Rams  38-10   in  a   lopsided   rout.     picture appears   courtesy  of   getty  images/   Ronald  Martinez  ......................
Kyle Boller (12) of the St Louis Rams drops back to make a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in a game at the Edward Jones Dome in St Louis, Missouri. The Vikings would go on to defeat the Rams 38-10 in a lopsided rout. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Ronald Martinez ......................

The Kansas City Chiefs tend to remind me of a bus that has got a flat tire . But having stopped to replace the flat with a spare . Another tire just seemingly goes flat. Having fired Herm Edwards , they brought in Todd Haley as his replacement . And at the same time they acquired from the New England Patriots via a trade , quarterback, Matt Cassel and outside linebacker, Mike Vrabel . This team seems to have lost its direction and on both sides of the ball it has found to be wanting. Cassel has failed to live up to expectations and the money lauded upon him just seems to have confirmed what tends to happen when a player has a breakout year. They’re overly rewarded based just upon one year’s production , rather than their overall body of work.

Haley for his part, has tried to bring a sense of discipline , purpose and work ethic to the team. And it remains to be seen whether or not the players will in-fact buy into what he’s selling. It’s clear however ,that at this juncture the steps the team is said to be taking may well be just baby steps. As they try to learn Haley’s system and his way of doing things. The fans on the other hand may well have to put up with the malaise the franchise now finds itself in. It’s easy to place your faith in a coach when he’s got a winning product on the field of play. But that hasn’t been the case with the Chiefs in a number of years.

One has to feel some sympathy for Rams’ coach Steve Spagnuolo . His team remains win-less and they might well be one of the worst teams in the league alongside the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Oakland Raiders and the hapless Detroit Lions. The latter of whom it can be said there hasn’t been much of a resurgence under their head coach Jim Schwartz.Having registered their first win of the season they’ve fallen back into ways of old. Do I hear quite possibly , a losing season now awaiting this team ?

The St Louis Rams for their part have struggled to show some semblance of a game on either side of the ball. And unfortunately for the team when you’ve got a quarterback who’s aging and continually ailing, in Marc Bulger – with Kyle Boller as his backup. Then all that can be said “……….. is there any hope at all for this team ” ? There are somethings that we know hold to be true and consistent and one of them has become the fact that the St Louis Rams and their continued malaise is very much like the continued bickering that takes place between ‘Liberals’ and ‘Conservatives’. At first glance, none of it tends to make any sense whatsoever. But in reality , it now becomes the norm as that’s what we’ve all now come to expect.

And for a team that’s replete with some very good young players whose talents are being wasted. It’s somewhat sad to see the continued fall of this team. But I’d dare say that should Rush Limbaugh and business partner, Dave Checketts prove successful in acquiring the team from the Frontiere family. Then there could very well be some major upheavals within the organization.

Titans'   quarterback Vince  Young  (10)  lines  up   behind the  line of  scrimmage  as  he  prepares  for  a  play   against   the   Indianapolis  Colts    at  LP Field   in   Nashville,  Tennessee ,.   The  Titans   would   go   on  to  lose   the  divisional  game  to their   AFC South  rivals  .   The  end   result   was  a  31-9    walloping  at the  hands   the   Peyton  Manning   led   Indianapolis  Colts.          picture  appears  courtesy of   getty  images/  Andy  Lyons   ...............
Titans' quarterback Vince Young (10) lines up behind the line of scrimmage as he prepares for a play against the Indianapolis Colts at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee ,. The Titians would go on to lose the divisional game to their AFC South rivals . The end result was a 31-9 walloping at the hands the Peyton Manning led Indianapolis Colts. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Andy Lyons ...............

From a 13-3 season of last year. This season the Tennessee Titans, not only have they fallen back to the pack. But they’ve spiraled out of control to the point where you can’t recognize this team as the same one from last season. They’ve become a very bad team for all of the wrong reasons. And no doubt coach, Jeff Fisher is at a loss to explain the team’s sudden and exacerbating loss of form.

What once a stellar defense , has become as porous as a sponge and they’re unable to defend either the rush or the pass. Questions are now being raised whether or not it’s time for the once dependable Kerry Collins to be replaced at the quarterback position by Vince Young . Therein , lies one of the many dilemmas now said to be facing this team .

The Titans have become an enigma which no one seems to have a real answer for as to their sudden fall from grace.
As one of the longest tenured coaches in the NFL , it’s not that the game has passed Jeff Fisher by. But it has to be said that if anything his players have become lazy and filled with complacency after last year’s somewhat limited success. That may well be the real thing that he now has to get across to his players. And that is …… they can’t rest on their laurels . Just seemingly because they ha a somewhat small morsel of success. He now needs to remind them that it takes hard work to build upon what they’ve already achieved.

Living in Central Florida and within somewhat close proximity of the Tampa area . I’ve had to put up with much of the asinine nonsense that has taken place within the Buccaneers’ organization , with the firing of their former coach, Jon Gruden and his partner in crime , the team’s former GM, Bruce Allen. Much of what took place was under the direct orders of the Glazer family and in particular that of Malcolm Glazer’s son , Joel . Essentially what took place wasn’t so much a power play between Gruden and the family as to the team’s direction. But it was somewhat clear that the Glazer family weren’t entirely happy with both Gruden and Allen treating the team as if it were their own personal fiefdom. But in large part also, it is now also becoming clear that the financial obligations that the Glazer family now has is being thinly stretched.

The family’s continued involvement with the English Premiership soccer club Manchester United , is far more complicated than they’re letting on. Having purchased the team through a leveraged buyout (LBO). They’ve in-fact laden the team under a mountain of debt ($1.1 billion-plus accrued interest). And the mere fact that those financial obligations have to be met with regard to the soccer club. It’s now beginning to paint an all too clear picture , as to the maneuvers that are being made by the family. Though they themselves will no doubt deny the veracity of the case that can be made. It has become clear that the Glazer family’s thoughts are elsewhere.

Buccaneers'  coach  Raheem  Morris   on  the  sidelines  at   Lincoln  Financial  Field     in   Philadelphia  , Pennsylvania.     The   Buccaneers  would   go  on  to  lose to  the  Eagles   33-14  and   remain  winless  within  the  NFL.   Morris  ,  a  rookie  coach   has   yet  to  achieve   his  first  professional   win  within  the  NFL.  And  the   signs  are  that  he  may  not  achieve  win  at  all  this  season   .   The   Buccaneers  have   been  inexplicably   bad   in  all  facets   of  the  game.       picture  appears   courtesy  of  getty  images/ Jeff  Zevelansky   ..................................
Buccaneers' coach Raheem Morris on the sidelines at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania. The Buccaneers would go on to lose to the Eagles 33-14 and remain winless within the NFL. Morris , a rookie coach has yet to achieve his first professional win within the NFL. And the signs are that he may not achieve win at all this season . The Buccaneers have been inexplicably bad in all facets of the game. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jeff Zevelansky ..................................

The Buccaneers are some $42 million under the NFL salary cap and it has to be said that they’ve spent their money rather miserly in acquiring talent. But it certainly hasn’t helped their cause that they’ve installed an inexperienced coach. in Raheem Morris . And to my mind a very naive GM , in Mark Dominik to represent this team , as far as the on-field coaching and personnel decisions are made. The team is nowhere near what either Morris or Dominik had hoped for. And they’ve not performed anywhere close to expectation . However, the idiocy of the statements made by not only the coach but also GM denotes not only their naivete but also their sheer inexperience shown, thus far.

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports :

Buccaneers Team Report

Bucs coach Raheem Morris had some sharp criticism for receivers Michael Clayton and Antonio Bryant after they combined to drop five passes in the 33-14 loss to Philadelphia.

“Extremely disappointed in yesterday’s result, how it played out. The bottom line is we had too many missed opportunities by too many of our good players and we’re just not getting it done right now.”

Morris had some stinging criticism for both sides of the football and addressed players by name.

He met individually with Clayton, who dropped three more passes Sunday to give him an NFC-leading seven on the season. Last week, after failing to catch a pass in two straight games, Clayton publicly lobbied for more opportunities.

“I brought him to my office and let him know and we’ll talk one-on-one and we’ll talk to the team about all those things. But he’s got to stand up and do that every week. He’s got to go out there and play like he did versus Dallas. He’s counted on. He’s one of the guys we’re depending on. He knows that and he’s got to play like that and he hasn’t been.

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The roster of the club leaves a lot to be desired and there’s no leadership to be found on this team whatsoever. Whoever believes that there is , has got to be kidding themselves or they’ve been consuming far too much of the contaminated water from the Hillsborough river. And that has lead to their sudden bout of idiocy. There’s not much that can be gleaned from the team’s play this season. As can be evidenced by their acutely poor play. And no matter what sort of encouragement that has been forthcoming from Morris and coaching staff. It’s now becoming clear that this is an organization that is no longer in touch with reality as far as its competitive ambitions are concerned. The vast majority of the blame for this faux pas can be squarely laid at the table of the Glazer family. They too have shown their own stupidity and naivete for not diligently seeking out a coach that had experience. But better yet some knowledge as to what it would take in building a successful organization.

There’s a stark reality that it is now beginning to take shape. And that is within all certainty , unless Morris is able to turn things around. Then in all probability the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will join the Detroit Lions with the dubious distinction in having lost all 16 games of their regular season schedule. And with that quite possibly coming in successive seasons . It does point to the fact as to how really bad so many of the teams within the NFL now are. Perhaps none more so, than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers !

So there you have it , my own observations as to some of the worst teams in the NFL at present. Which teams do you feel are warranted of criticism at this juncture ?

Author: tophatal ...........

An avid sports' fans that's all !!!!!

6 thoughts on “Well Is There Anything Else To Be Learned ? There Are Some Very Bad Teams Within The NFL At Present …….Need One Say Anymore ?”

  1. I think this year there is a HUGE gap between the good and the bad. It’s pretty crazy to see that a handful of teams aren’t going to be very competitive from week to week including my Raiders. They could even be the worst of the whole bunch! It doesn’t look like there’s really any easy cure for any of these teams except maybe a number one overall pick. I think a few teams might need to pick QB’s and it looks like the crop is going to be pretty good this year with Bradford, McCoy, Tebow, and Locker. We know the success rate of these picks though, next to nothing!

    I just wrote this one last night about the documentary that just came out on the sonics. If you happen to have time you should watch the documentary it’s VERY good!

    http://doin-work.com/2009/10/14/sonicsgate-a-good-recount-of-a-terrible-chapter-in-the-nbas-history/

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    1. chappy 81

      The gap between the good and the bad teams is almost as wide as the Grand Canyon. I’ve only resided in the US since the early nineties. So I can’t say how bad it might’ve been before. But I can’t remember a time since my arrival that there’ve been this many bad teams within the NFL. And as I alluded to in the piece that just doesn’t include the winless teams. But also a number of teams that’ve one or wins amongst them.

      Can it get any worse ? Who knows ? But I’d like to think that this is as bad as it could ever get !

      With a lot of those young quarterbacks , it’s all about how they apply themselves to the task at hand. And that’s learning their craft. Listening to the likes of Mel Kiper and those other draft geeks is very much like listening to a member of Congress trying to explain to how the country is in such a financial mess. None of them have any knowledge as to what the hell they’re talking about to begin with. Of that much I’m definitely sure. I can still remember Mel Kiper saying that …. ‘David Carr is a can’t miss pick in the draft’. What’s he doing now ? Backing up Eli Manning in New York, that’s all. Need one say anymore on the matter ?

      Alan Parkins

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      1. Hahaha! Yeah, I agree that Mel Kiper is a tool. Sure he might know more about the players than anyone else, but it’s impossible to tell if they’re going to be good in the pros!

        Honestly, I don’t think it has ever been this bad! There are all kinds of teams that play terrible. I guess we’ll just add to those blackouts as the season goes along. It’s crazy they don’t even have that many games that are even worth televising!

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  2. Hey AL,

    I think it is as simple as this, there are certain teams that have a commitment to winning and there are others that don’t.
    As with all organizations it starts at the top. As far as the Bucs are concerned the situation is nearly a case of criminal negligence.

    Once again you have done a great job on a very relevant topic.

    Thanks and take care.

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    1. aero

      As a fan of the NFL , I’d feel it incumbent on ownership to place the best product out there to begin with. That way it would indicate to fans that winning is of the utmost priority to them alongside making money. But it’d appear that the incentives primarily driving a number of these owners is to make as much money as is humanly possible at the expense of the fans.

      If the hierarchy of the NFL doesn’t seemingly care as to how their franchises conducts their business models. Then I’m not saying that the Federal Trade Commission shouldn’t intervene. But if the SEC can do so when there’s fraudulent acts being committed by a public company. Then I see no reason why they (FTC) shouldn’t intervene if the NFL isn’t prepared to. When their franchises seemingly are pocketing monies when it ought to be used for investing in the team and that of team personnel. To my mind what a number of these clubs are doing is tantamount to grand larceny to begin with ! Those who don’t see it that way clearly aren’t overly concerned.

      And we’re to believe that the Glazers want a competitive team (Bucs) on the field of play ? At this juncture their actions and that of Morris and Dominik clearly don’t indicate that , one bit ! So much money under the NFL salary cap and all they can serve up to the fans is unadulterated crap to begin with. They’re totally deserving of their present plight ! Screw the Glazers as they’ve become a bunch of miserly cheapskates !
      They and the city of Tampa are now so fully deserving of one another .

      Questions that Bucs’ fans could be asking at this juncture.
      Is Gaines Adams MIA ….missing in action ? Can he tackle ? Can he indeed rush the quarterback and get the sack ? And finally does he even know what a damn quarterback is ? Gaines Adams has been a complete bust for the Bucs ! Morris calling players out is one thing. But to my mind he ought to be just sitting the likes of Adams , Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton ,as they’re not worth s_it !

      Alan Parkins

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  3. chappy 81

    I don’t put much store in what many of these so called pundits or analysts tend to say. I tend to look at the body of the player’s work as a way of assessing how they might do at the next level. And I also look to see what type of a person they were whilst in school- a leader on or off the field of play. That to some extent gives you some insight as to how they’ll do. It’s not only about what they do on the field of play.

    Alan Parkins

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