Top 5 Most Embarrassing Moments From NFL Week 15
Top 5 Most Embarrassing Moments From NFL Week 15
Any given week in the NFL, you’re sure to find some embarrassing moments for the league. Whether it's on the field or off, players, coaches, or referees, you don’t have to look far to find someone doing something stupid.
NFL players and coaches are gifted in many ways the rest of the population of the world is not but, conversely, sometimes they lack the things that everyone else has, like common sense. Sure, they may be able to read an offensive scheme quicker than lightning, they may be able to find a weakness in a defense by the way a safety stands pre-snap, they may be able to jump a route thanks to hours of film study, but then they also sometimes pick fights with refs or decide to get in a shoving match in the fourth quarter of a tied game.
Sometimes they stand on the sidelines wearing a headset and are completely oblivious to their team collapsing on the field. Sometimes they throw a challenge flag because they think the color red is pretty. Sometimes they decide they need to fake a punt while up 30 points. Sometimes they are named Norv Turner.
There are always good candidates for the most embarrassing moments in the NFL each week. There are always individuals who like to make the game all about themselves, but football is a team sport. Therefore, in a week where three professional football teams were shut out and many more embarrassed themselves, I’ll give most of the focus to teams. Only four of the 16 losers this week ended their games within one score of the victors. The other 12 teams lost by an average of 23 points. 23 points! That’s more than three touchdowns! Yeesh.
Unfortunately, there’s only room on this list for the top/bottom 5, so the teams that didn’t make it shouldn’t feel bad or inadequate. Click through for the Top 5 Embarrassing Moments of Week 15.
Clay Matthews' Sack Dance
Clay gets this spot all to himself - the team bears no responsibility for this embarrassment. In his first game back after missing four games, super-stud linebacker Clay Matthews dropped Jay Cutler for a sack. What followed was a horrifyingly embarrassing Magic Mike-inspired sack dance that made me cringe.
I love the Greek God of the Gridiron and he’s absolutely awesome, but please, Clay - for your fans’ sake if not your own - stick to your standard Predator sack celebration.
The Baltimore Ravens
There were a couple of candidates on the team vying for a spot on this list, so I decided to award it to the team. The Baltimore Ravens, who are in a tight race for the AFC North crown, looked completely lost on offense and defense, whether it was somehow failing to use any of their three timeouts when they were driving down the field with under a minute left in the first half or the defense standing and watching in apparent admiration as the Denver Broncos offense ran past them.
But on to the individual awards: quarterback Joe Flacco stunned with a 0.4 QBR rating. That’s out of 100. I thought for sure that it was a typo, so I Googled it, but it was indeed true. Even more surprising was the fact that it is not the lowest QBR recorded - that would belong to …. Joe Flacco! The quarterback had a 0.3 QBR just nine weeks ago. I’m almost impressed, Joe. I know different rating systems have their own flaws, but it’s safe to say that if you can’t even reach a whole number, you’re doing something wrong.
I won’t let the offense hog the spotlight - Ed Reed deserves some recognition, too. The veteran safety got posterized when Knowshon Moreno hurdled over him on a run. Asked about the play, Reed said that he “couldn’t react because I was dealing with a lot of sickness early in the game. ... I was dealing with flu symptoms and everything.”
I’m also going to blame his flu symptoms for his poor excuse making. He could have come up with a lot better than that. Weak excuses don’t look good on anyone, Ed.
The New York Giants
Man, I love it when the New York Giants lose. When they lose by 34 points in a shutout? Even better.
People are always talking nonsense about Eli Manning being “elite” and all that, so when the Giants lose I get to be super smug and point and laugh and note the fact that they guy threw two interceptions and zero touchdowns on Sunday, barely completing half his passes for a 40.7 passer rating (and a 4.8 QBR - watch out Joe Flacco, Eli’s gunning for you!).
Because the Giants won the Super Bowl last year, we all have to pretend that they were the best team last year and call them that until someone else wins it all. This irritates me. It may or may not be related to the fact that my team was knocked out of the playoffs by the Giants, but that’s neither here nor there.
The point is that the reigning Super Bowl champs lost 34-0 while trying to maintain a slim margin in the tightest division in the league. Now the Giants are in a three-way tie for the division and have only two games left. Hah.
The Chicago Bears
Boy, those Chicago Bears sure like to talk. Prior to the Week 2 matchup with the Green Bay Packers, quarterback Jay Cutler thought it wise to wish the Green Bay secondary “good luck” in trying to cover Brandon Marshall and the Chicago receiving corps.
Four interceptions, seven sacks, and a 23-10 defeat later, Cutler had a lot less to say. Packers safety Charles Woodson had this to say: “It’s the same old Jay. We don’t need luck - Jay will throw us the ball.” Snap. I believe this round goes to Mr. Woodson.
This time around, Cutler kept his mouth shut, but Marshall just couldn’t quite do the same. He made mention of his strong dislike for the Green Bay “players and team” and particularly called out Tramon Williams and Woodson - who wasn’t even playing in the game - saying they could never cover him man-to-man.
Marshall scored early in the game, but was silent for the rest of the game as the fast-fading Bears lost again to the Packers 21-13. Woodson had little time for Marshall’s remarks, saying, “I don't really appreciate the man speaking my name. I don't know Brandon. But we're NFC North champions. That's all I care about." That’s 2-0 in favor of Woodson and the Packers.
After the game, however, the Bears still hadn’t learned that some things should be kept in the silence of their hearts. Brian Urlacher was upset with the Bears fan booing their team and let the fans know it. I get Urlacher’s position - not cool, Chicago fans - but the Bears have lost five out of their last six games, and the players need to understand the fans’ position. Urlacher went onto to list the fans and the media as the “two [groups] I don’t care about.”
With an attitude like that, can Urlacher be surprised that the fans don’t particularly care about his hurt feelings?
Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets
I don’t think I’ll get any opposition when I say Sanchez is terrible. His four interceptions were so, so bad. It’s not like they were tips or great defensive plays. It’s not like they were down big and he had to force throws playing catch-up - the Jets were actually leading late in the third quarter.
On his early third quarter interception, Sanchez overthrew into quadruple coverage. In the fourth, he underthrew into triple coverage on the Titans’ one-yard line. "Sanchise" has 50 turnovers in his last two seasons. Five-zero. That is just incredible.
I threw the Jets in here with Sanchez because no one has played well on that team. But the coaching staff in particular has been disastrous in handling the quarterback situation. Rex Ryan has now named third-string Greg McElroy as the starting quarterback for next week. That’s all fine and good, but McElroy wasn’t even active on Sunday.
Sure seems like Tim Tebow was worth all the headache, huh Rex?