6 Most Disappointing NFL Teams of 2013 Season
6 Most Disappointing NFL Teams of 2013
Each NFL team has hopes to raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy before the season starts. Analysts make projections of teams they think will contend. However, every year there are certain franchises that fail to live up to those expectations. Talent can only get you so far and injuries don't help either. Breaking down teams based on last year’s production also brings its issues because of things like free agency that alter rosters.
Of course the Miami Dolphins have recently gained attention for problems away from football. Two offensive lineman Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin face questions regarding locker room culture from a sport where men are supposed to be “gladiators.” On the field, however, results do not reflect the offseason shopping spree that occurred. Both sides of the ball truly fail to click in any single contest thus far.
Meanwhile, Quarterback Matt Ryan’s Atlanta Falcons nearly reached last year’s NFC Championship Game. They retained tight end Tony Gonzalez and boasted other weapons; it seemed they would again be contenders. But, prominent players got injured which is a reason for their struggles. Regardless, excuses are not acceptable.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneersa> were another team like Miami that enjoyed bringing in high profile players. Dashon Goldson and Darrelle Revis were supposed to clear up their major weakness of pass coverage. Mike Glennon has shown some maturity at quarterback but it is too late for them to make a Playoff run. But these aren't the only teams who have disappointed. There are two more teams that I view as major disappointments from the 2013 season.
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I said above that pass coverage was Tampa Bay’s biggest flaw last year. Two big time additions helped seemingly make this a complete team. While an injury to running back Doug Martin has hindered offensive production, someone else needs to step up when a player is lost. Glennon’s potential remains solid but the plan was for former starter Josh Freeman to lead them deep into the Playoffs.
5. Miami Dolphins
Star power became important in Miami when the city’s NBA team assembled a “Big Three” that helped spur two consecutive NBA titles. Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross signed receiver Mike Wallace’s huge contract that, so far, has not paid dividends. There likely would have been solid production from fellow addition Dustin Keller at tight end. In the end, the team's on the field performance has not lived up to expectations.
4. Washington Redskins
It was expected by many that Robert Griffin III’s Washington Redskins would take the next step and truly contend in 2013. Instead a second consecutive 3- 6 start has occurred. Now “RGIII’ appears to have regained some of his form after last season’s divesting injury. The Defense, however, looks so bad that a turnaround looks unlikely.
3. Houston Texans
Here's one team that entered with Super Bowl aspirations, but the Houston Texans have struggled mightily. I, along with many others, like QB Case Keenum for the future. It is hard when the defense keeps letting them down though in the second half. Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins offer solid offensive production, but it is too late this season.
2. New York Giants
After starting 0-6 there has been some progress for the New York Giants. Three straight wins put them in the NFC East conversation. But despite all of this there is too much talent in Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks to start off so poorly.
1. Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones went down which cost Ryan one of his best pass catching options. Tony Gonzalez’s farewell tour is officially for nothing and Roddy White also can’t stay healthy. Losing John Abraham hurt worse than anticipated as the pass rush is now quite bad. This season has pretty much been decided, and rumblings are starting that head coach Mike Smith’s job could be in danger.