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Month: January 2017

The Most Over-rated Players in the NFL Today

It is really easy to tear down and complain about NFL players, especially the superstars of today’s NFL game due to the astronomical salaries that are given. Despite that, there are some players that have earned that speculation, or failed to earn that big payday if you prefer. The players on this list have proven that just short of being a “bust”, they have undoubtedly not met expectations. So here are the best of the worst of the overrated NFL stars.

Alshon Jeffery

An unquestionably amazing talent, but that can be said for virtually every player who is on an NFL roster. Jeffery, after logging four seasons has proven early that the consideration as one of the best receivers in the game is thus far unwarranted. The Chicago Bears are still holding out hope, which is evidenced by the franchise tag. The doubt his own team has is evidenced by their unwillingness to sign him to a long term contract. Just once in his four years in the league has he played all 16 games. No matter how good you are or could be, if you can’t stay on the field it doesn’t matter nor can any player at any position be considered one of the best.

Randall Cobb

Cobb joins this list more as a result of league perception than his own achievement, or lack thereof. Considered by many to be the best number 2 receiver in the league and the rumors for the past couple of years is that he could be a number 1 on many teams was put to the test. When the Green Bay Packers true number 1 wide-out Jordy Nelson went down the opportunity to prove that theory correct presented itself. The result was a resounding thud, even with a guy named Rodgers throwing at him Cobb’s lack of production proved he is where he should be, a number 2. Unfortunately, as good as he is, the opportunity may have proved that he may not even be quite as good a number 2 guy as most believed too.

DeMarco Murray

Headlining this list is the highly touted, much praised Murray who was the NFL rushing leader and record setter while playing for the Dallas Cowboys. What many second guessers and insiders pondered though, was if his impressive statistics were more a result of his skills or the benefit of running behind the best O-Line in the NFL. See the numbers on the current rookie running back for the Cowboys this year Ezekiel Elliot; meanwhile the Tennessee Titans are still awaiting Murray to be that featured back he was back in Dallas. Murray’s 3.6 yard per carry average last year isn’t going to win any league rushing titles in any league. Let’s just say that the offensive line in Dallas is a pretty solid group, just ask Murray.

There are always going to be guys who will be considered to have failed to live up to their contracts, but it can’t be easy saying anyone has earned tens of millions of dollars playing football. Guys with names like Flacco or Dalton could easily find themselves on a list like this on, along with nearly every other NFL player. The business of the NFL is a hard one, public perception is often even harder.

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The Biggest Names Bill Belichick Has Let Leave the Patriots

It’s tough being a general manager in the National Football League (NFL).  You have to make tough decision on which players to keep and which ones to let get away.  To be honest, the players are all very accomplished by the time they reach the NFL. However, time is undefeated.  And NFL players tend to age faster than most due to the relentless pounding they take week in and week out.  For others, these players want to leave their teams for bigger paydays somewhere else.  The top decision maker determines who stays, plays and who sits on the bench or is traded away. Bill Belichick has done so in a rather flawless manner, with the results that bear this out, year after year.

Agree or disagree, he gets incredible results by making tough decision on getting rid of players who performed incredibly, but needed to go for one reason or another.  Let’s take a look at some of the most popular players.

It all starts with the “Law Firm.”  Green-Ellis was an incredible running back, but then in free agency wanted too much money from the team.  He ended up moving on to the Cincinnati Bengals, but instead of going downhill the Patriots quickly replaced him with someone else who filled the slot just as well.

A very dependable Willie McGinest began his time with the Patriots during the Parcells and Carroll eras, and he frequently started every game of the season.  Belichick used him well during his first brilliant season that fructified into Super Bowl “Titledom.” All seemed to fit together well, until he finally traded him away in 2006 to the Browns to allot the team the salary cap necessary to keep the Patriot budget intact. Once McGinest hit the Browns roster, he never could reach the level he once did as a Patriot.

Being an asset on the Patriots defense as a top linebacker who delivered on key moments for pass rushing and pass defense was  Mike Vrabel, it would seem that the future would always be in the Patriot way. Being a cross over tight end was even a pleasant ‘icing on the cake.’ Yet, this still resulted in one day being given a ticket to Kansas City having been traded to the Chiefs. The fans were baffled and destroyed by this decision that only Bill Belichick could make with the pressures he is under from the ownership who write the checks. What ‘took the cake’ was the piggy back trade of Matt Cassel, the back up quarterback to the Chiefs along with Vrabel. “What was he thinking?” The fans were mystified as the Patriots were completely dependent on Vrabel’s work to win Super Bowls.

What most fans do not understand is that there is always new blood and thirst, hunger and desire in young undeveloped players. The NFL is brutal, and all of those great players have a shelf life. No matter how great they may be, it can be said with consistency that Bill Belichick is a great general manager that knows when to rotate the players in and out.

He is an expert at recognizing expiration dates and has a great way of seizing opportunities as they sprout up from the colleges, universities and even high school levels. This has to be one of the most valuable qualities of a GM. The ability to recognize talent that will deliver upon development from the lower ranks and the ability to trade the most talented and nearly exhausted players before they are completely empty.

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