The 15 Biggest Boneheads in the NFL

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The 15 Biggest Boneheads in the NFL

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The greatest part about boneheads in the NFL is that the general public never really knows when they are going to sprout up. Obviously, there are a lot of boneheaded moves that go on behind the scenes throughout the league. However, it always interesting to see what happens when the media gets wind of some pretty ridiculous antics.

Let’s face it the NFL is filled with young players who are making way more money than anyone their age should have. For many of these players the word ‘responsible’ is not even in their vocabulary. Personally, I cannot really blame them for buying the mansions, nice cars and popping bottles in the club because I would be doing most of the same things, within reason of course.

Everyone has a lapse in memory and drunken mistakes are bound to happen at some point. That is why many can forgive the boneheaded decisions that players make on or off the field. Then there are times that the decisions are so outrageous that the fans have no choice but to shake their head in disbelief. I am talking about the drunk driving, stealing and flat-out ridiculous remarks made in interviews in an attempt to justify a play or decision that was made.

The 15 boneheads listed in the slideshow are all players or coaches who currently have a team to call home in 2013. That does not mean their jaw-dropping antics necessarily occurred this season. Of course, some players have made the headlines. I am talking about you Brandon Meriweather.

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15. Brandon Marshall

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There is no denying that Brandon Marshall has loads of talent. With that being said, he has certainly made some questionable decisions in his personal life. Not to mention, his confrontations with head coach Josh McDaniels in 2009 led people to wonder how mentally stable Marshall really was.

His legal troubles are the big reason why he is on the list. He has been arrested for domestic violence, driving under the influence and disorderly conduct, among other things. He also was accused of punching a woman in the face at a nightclub last year. The crazy part about Marshall’s run-ins with the law as a professional football player is that none of the charges ever stuck.

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14. Richie Incognito

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Offensive lineman Richie Incognito is one of the dirtiest players in the NFL. However, the reason he is considered to be a bonehead player is that he considers his title to be an honor. After news broke that Incognito was ranked the No. 2 dirtiest player in the league last year, he quickly went to Twitter to tweet a photo of his parents with the caption: “I would like to thank my MOM & DAD for raising an ass kicking machine. #2 Dirtiest Player in NFL.”

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13. Vontaze Burfict

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Vontaze Burfict is quickly becoming one of the dirtier players in the league, which should not come as a surprise to anyone who followed him in college. His biggest boneheaded play of the season thus far occurred against the Green Bay Packers. Burfict decided it would be a good idea to hit Ryan Taylor below the belt while both teams were in a bit of a skirmish. He then had an epic flop when Taylor responded with a push.

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12. Golden Tate

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Golden Tate is too cocky for his own good and it is going to cost him in the near future. Against the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football in Week 8, Tate taunted the defensive backs well before he was in the end zone. It is certainly something that is not new for the wide receiver.

The biggest boneheaded play he made was last season against the Packers. In the controversial Monday Night Football contest, Tate clearly pushed off Sam Shields and never at any point gained control of the ball. In fact, cameras clearly showed safety M.D. Jennings had successfully intercepted the pass as he had more control of the ball than Tate did while the two laid on the grass in the back of the end zone. Unfortunately, a replacement referee signaled touchdown.

The reason why it is considered a boneheaded move by Tate is because when he was given an opportunity to admit he was in the wrong he still claimed he did score the touchdown, despite the fact there was overwhelming video evidence that he did not.

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11. Cleveland Browns Front Office

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Brandon Weeden. Enough said? The Cleveland Browns dropped the ball big time when they decided to part ways with Colt McCoy before he ever got a real chance and draft the now 30-year-old Weeden. It was an incredibly boneheaded move by the management team, one that many fans questioned for good reason. I understand the Browns have a new general manager this season so it is not fair to pin the selection on Michael Lombardi. With that being said, trading Trent Richardson is definitely a head scratcher.

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10. Jacksonville Jaguars Front Office

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Where to begin with this sorry excuse for a franchise. The Jacksonville Jaguars have so many problems it is not even funny. On the bright side, I am going to look like a genius for predicting they will go 0-16 this season. Unfortunately, that does not help any loyal fan who still supports the Jaguars.

Jacksonville has had opportunities to improve the quarterback position and failed to do so. Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne are not the answer. Signing Tim Tebow would be a huge step in the right direction because at least he would give fans hope, or at least they would believe the organization wants to win. There are problems at almost every position and the front office is solely responsible for not giving the team the proper personnel.

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9. Marshawn Lynch

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Another player with plenty of legal troubles on this list is Marshawn Lynch. Even though Lynch has been on good behavior since joining forces with the Seattle Seahawks, he has still made enough bonehead decisions to last a lifetime. As bad as his hit-and-run in Buffalo and misdemeanor gun possession charge in Los Angeles are, there is no question his attempt to steal money from a Buffalo police sergeant’s wife takes the cake.

"He takes the $20 out of her hand, and my wife says, "What are you doing?' And Lynch says 'Don't worry.' When my wife's girlfriend came back to the table, she told her about it," the woman's husband stated, according to "The girlfriend approached Lynch and said, 'Give my friend her money back,' and Lynch threatened her saying 'Do you know who I am? There's going to be consequences.'"

Hopefully, his crazy antics are behind him.

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8. Greg Schiano

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I really hope Greg Schiano gets fired soon. A guy who allegedly turned his team on one of its players and allegedly leaked that player’s medical information to the press does not deserve to be a head coach of a football team at any level. Even if both reports are false, Schiano still deserves to get fired. He has done a terrible job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and left Josh Freeman out to dry.

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7. Dez Bryant

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Dez Bryant has all of the talent in the world, but his childish antics are getting old really fast. His sideline tantrum during the Dallas Cowboys 31-30 loss to the Detroit Lions is inexcusable. Yeah, we get it. You want the ball. The last thing the Cowboys need while they are trying to figure out how to beat the Lions is to have someone screaming in their ear about how he needs more targets. Not to mention, when two team leaders tell Bryant to huddle up so they can at least discuss how the offense might pull off a miracle comeback the last response they want to see his him whining about how the game is already over.

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6. Ben Roethlisberger

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Crashing a motorcycle without wearing a helmet is a stupid move that anyone can make. For the face of a franchise to almost get killed on a motorcycle because he did not wear a helmet is inexcusable. As big of a boneheaded decision Ben Roethlisberger made that day in 2006 was, it certainly does not compare to what would follow a few years later.

Roethlisberger makes the list because he was accused of sexual assault not once but on two separate occasions. The first was thrown out because a co-worker of the accuser claimed that what had happened with Roethlisberger was consensual. Apparently, Roethlisberger never learned from the incident as he was accused again in a separate occurrence a year later.

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5. Dwayne Bowe

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Some people may be wondering what Dwayne Bowe is doing on this list. That probably means those same people are unaware of the time when Bowe flat out told ESPN The Magazine about how his Kansas City Chiefs teammates were “importing” a few “groupies” when on the road.

“’My rookie year, we were playing in San Diego,' Bowe said, according to Pro Football Talk. 'You hear stories about groupies hanging out in hotel lobbies, but some of my teammates had it set up so there was a girl in every room. The older guys get on MySpace and Facebook a week before we go to a city; when a pretty one writes back, they arrange to fly her in three of four days in advance. They call it importing.’”

The best part about the interview is how casual Bowe is when discussing prostitutes. Obviously, his teammates were not happy about the then rookie telling the self-proclaimed “Worldwide Leader in Sports” about their extracurricular activities. Bowe supposedly tried to claim he was misquoted. Good thing for ESPN is that they had an audio recording to back up their story.

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4. Ndamukong Suh

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Ndamukong Suh is widely regarded as the dirtiest player in the NFL. The reason why he is considered a bonehead is because he continues to make dirty plays with the belief that the cameras or referees will not catch him in the act. What Suh clearly fails to realize is that all eyes are constantly on him. Whether it is stomping on a player, kicking someone in the groin or unnecessary roughness, Suh always seems to find himself in trouble. One would think that a $100,000 find would do the trick but only time will tell.

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3. Brandon Meriweather

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Meriweather is the main reason the slideshow was constructed. It is one thing to be a headhunter in the NFL. The safety position is becoming extinct because the players are limited to where they can hit. No one can fault Meriweather for trying to make a play. However, it has been made perfectly clear that helmet-to-helmet hits will not be tolerated. Whether he has concussed other players, or himself for that matter, it is clearly a boneheaded move to continue with his current ways. With that being said, the biggest reason for Meriweather to be considered a moron is because of his recent comments.

"You've just got to go low now," he said, according to "You've got to end people's career. You've got to tear people's ACLs and mess up people's knees now. You can't hit 'em high anymore."

It is one thing if that is his decision to play that way. It is another to tell everyone who will listen that his intention is to go for the knees.

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2. Adam “Pacman” Jones

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The hope was that Adam “Pacman” Jones cleaned up his ways after his several troubles with the law and the NFL. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case. Jones was issued a citation for disorderly conduct earlier this season after he had a disagreement with police. Most recently, he threatened New York Jets wide receiver David Nelson after he felt several cheap shots were made on him.

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1. Michael Vick

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I understand that Michael Vick has done his time for the dog fighting ring that he was involved with several years ago. However, that incident plus several other crimes over the years makes him the biggest bonehead in the game today.

There are several other reasons that he deserves the title as well. For one, Vick had a chance to redeem himself when the Philadelphia Eagles faced the Packers in the playoffs in January of 2011. On the final drive, Vick could have spiked the ball and given the Eagles a chance to recuperate with a decent amount of time left on the clock. Instead, he decided to hurry up the offense and toss a prayer in the direction of Riley Cooper, who was in the corner of the end zone. Packers’ Tramon Williams made the relatively easy interception instead.

Another is the fact that he constantly seems to get hurt because he does not take care of himself on the field. It is one thing to be tough in the NFL but it is another to play stupid and put himself in harm’s way.