Ranking the NFL’s disappointments

by Gary Shelton on November 1, 2022

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Tuesday, 4 a.m.

Say this for the National Football League. There's enough tears to go around.

In the NFL, disappointment always wins. For every winner, there is a loser. For every star, there is a meteor crashing to earth.

Just look around. Last year at this time, Aaron Rogers and Tom Brady were making their arguments to be the MVP of the league. This year, they're both questioned players on questionable teams.

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Hey, things are tough all over. Lose in the NFL, and fans simply point and laugh ... and make snarky internet comments. No one feels sorry for anybody. And if this year's winners are next year's losers, no one's going to feel sorry for them, either.

So here we go.

The 10 most disappointing performers in the NFL, eight games in.

  1. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay: Brady had beaten a lot of teams, and he's had a enough golden moments for fans to take glee in his struggles. Granted, the Bucs have a lot of problems around him, but Brady has made enough bad throws to bring up talk of his age again.

2. Aaron Rogers, Green Bay: Rogers has been referred to as a "toxic" force for the 3-5 Packers. Rogers' ranking is down 16 1/2 points from a year ago, and his team has lost four in a row.

3. Russell Wilson, Denver: Wilson was supposed to be the answer for the Broncos. Instead, he's been one of the problems. His own passer rating is 20 points behind last season.

4. Jimmy Haslam, Cleveland Browns: It was Haslam who chose to ignore the accusations against Deshaun Watson and overpay for him in a trade.

5. Josh McDaniels, Las Vegas: This was the guy who replaced Rich Bisaccia. a popular coach with the Raiders. McDaniels, who once blew up in Denver, has shown signs of doing it again.

6. Ndamukong Suh, unemployed: Despite constant cries for Suh in Tampa Bay, 31 other teams have looked at the film and decided to pass.

7. Matthew Stafford, Rams: The Rams are just 3-4, and Stafford has thrown eight interceptions.

8. Matt Ryan, Colts: The Colts thought they had made a franchise-altering acquisition in Ryan. He's thrown nine interceptions.

9. Todd Bowles, Tampa Bay: Wasn't the whole point of Bruce Arians' resignation to keep Bowles out of this kind of situation. Sure, you can swap Bowles' name with Jason Licht's if you want, or Byron Leftwich's. Disappointment knows no bounds.

10. Bengals offensive line: Last year, Cincinnati gave up 51 sacks of Joe Burrow. This year, after spending a fortune in free agency, the team has given up 24 in half a season.

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