The 15 Biggest Disappointments of the 2013 NFL Season
15 Players and Teams That Have Failed in 2013
As week 11 of the NFL season approaches, there are no doubt some teams across the country already thinking about 2014. They may not admit it, but you know it's true. Every head coach on a losing team is going to come out and say the right things. 'We're just focused on our opponent this week.' 'We're not worried about what people are saying about us, we're just trying to win a football game.' We've all heard that mumbo jumbo.
Obviously, most coaches on the hot seat are trying their butts off to win as many games as possible down the stretch. Two or three more wins could be the difference between staying employed as a head coach or not. So you have to give them credit for trying.
But for the General Managers of teams going nowhere near the postseason, you know they're already hard at work plotting a strategy for the future. At this point, it's pretty clear what teams and players have failed. Records and numbers speak for themselves. Sure, there's still time for some to save face, but many are in holes that they won't be able to dig out of.
The main thing that makes a failure is expectations. Most of the players and teams on this list had some form of expectations in 2013. You won't find the Jacksonville Jaguars on here, because we all knew they were going to be terrible. Maybe not one win-terrible, but they were obviously headed for a last place finish in the AFC South.
So with all that in mind, here are the biggest disappointments of the 2013 NFL season:
After signing a five-year/$60 million deal with the Dolphins this past offseason, Wallace hasn't exactly delivered in 2013. To date, he's only averaging 55 receiving yards per game and he's only found the end zone on one occasion.
From 10-6 and the playoffs a season ago, to last place in the NFC North in 2013. The Vikings have been terrible this year and big changes are likely coming in 2014.
Many questioned whether Kaepernick could have the success he did in 2012 and thus far, the answer is a big no. Granted, he doesn't have the weapons around him that he had last season, but the end result has still been a step back for Kaep.
The Texans were projected to fight for the AFC crown this season, but now they'll be competing with the other lowly teams for a top spot in next May's draft.
No one could believe that the Browns were willing to trade away Richardson after just over a season with the team, but now it looks like Cleveland got the best end of the deal. Since joining the Colts, Richardson is averaging a measly amount of 2.8 yards per carry and 35.7 yards per game
CJ2k is now a thing of the past. In 2013, Johnson is averaging career-lows with 3.6 yards per carry and 60.7 yards per game on the ground.
Some people thought Mendenhall would revive his career with the Cardinals this season, but it just hasn't panned out. Rookie Andre Ellington has emerged in the Arizona backfield, so it's likely going to be one and done for Mendenhall in the dessert.
After Jerry Jones decided to show Rob Ryan the door, Monte Kiffin was brought in to whip the Dallas defense into shape. Thus far in 2013, the Cowboys are sporting the league's worst defense, giving up a whopping average of 439.8 yards per game.
The Falcons owned the 'Super Bowl or Bust' moniker before the season began, but it's been nothing but a bust in the ATL. Injuries have decimated this team, but there's clearly more to the story for the Falcons.
Robert Griffin III
You hate to hate on a guy who rushed back from an ACL injury to help his team, but there's no denying that RG3 has been a disappointment in 2013. You have to feel for him, but his results speak for themselves.
Freeman wasn't good in Tampa and he continued that trend up North with the Vikings. But as bad as he's been in 2013, the dude still raked in about $12 million dollars.
The Chicago Bears' Defense
The once great Bears' defense has fallen off in a big way in 2013. Injuries have no doubt played a part in the unit's demise, but facts are facts, Chicago's D is ranked 26th in the NFL.
Vick just can't stay healthy for an entire season. He's once again disappointed fans across the country, but at least this time his injury led to the emergence of Nick Foles.
2013 was supposed to be a breakout season for David Wilson. But right from the get-go it was essentially a disaster. Wilson's fumble problems continued and now he's on the shelf with a neck problem.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs have been B-A-D in 2013. Greg Schiano is a dead man walking and lots of changes are no doubt coming in 2014.