There’s a definite distinction within the NFL between being dangerous, and being hopeless. Being dangerous is outlined tangibly, with wins and losses. Easy stuff to observe. Being hopeless, effectively, that’s an entire different ball of wax.
Take the Detroit Lions, for instance. They’re unquestionably the worst crew within the league, however there are moments, glimmers of promise that time to potential constructing blocks for the longer term. It positive appears like there’s one thing to be preserved, nurtured, and perhaps with somewhat luck it could possibly bloom into one thing stunning.
For the hopeless it’s a lot, a lot worse. These are groups who aren’t simply dangerous on the sector, however have prospects extending past 2021 that look equally dire. Basic systemic issues that may’t be mounted, or coaches and gamers who aren’t bettering or progressing from week-to-week. It’s particular to hit the trifecta of futility, however for my cash there are two hopeless groups standing aside from the remainder of the league.
Firstly, we have now the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s straightforward to punch down, however my God this crew is totally damaged. There was all the time a query of shaky expertise on the Jags, however that was pushed into the stratosphere this season with City Meyer’s ineptitude. Every week Jacksonville appears to be like worse than the final, and the crew is on the point of fully imploding. To cap all of it off we’re seeing an utter meltdown of Trevor Lawrence who’s dying on the vine in his rookie season. I’ve acquired PLENTY to say about this nexus of those points in somewhat bit, so we’ll depart it right here for now.
Then there’s the New York Jets, who didn’t present any semblance of battle in opposition to the Saints, a crew with their very own main issues. The Jets have been a damaged franchise for a very long time, nevertheless it appears to be hitting spectacular lows, even by their requirements. We’ve hit some extent with New York that the crew appears so afraid to have Zach Wilson criticized that they’re barely even letting him play soccer. A part of that is on the rookie for handing out interceptions like sweet in the beginning of the season, however the Jets have to point out some confidence and let him attempt to fail, as an alternative of what we’re seeing.
Wilson has been horrendous this season. Hell, all of the rookie QBs not named “Mac Jones” have been, however Sunday was on one other stage. The Saints have an atrocious big-play move protection. They’ve allowed 47 passes of 20+ yards, and are close to the underside of the NFL with 10 passes allowed of 40+ yards. In addition they permit a median of seven.3 yards per passing try.
In throwing 42 instances for 202 yards Zach Wilson averaged 4.8 yard per try. That’s tragically terrible. It didn’t assist that Wilson had 10 passes, nearly a full quarter of his makes an attempt, that had been so inaccurate they couldn’t even depend as a “goal.” Of his 19 completions solely 4 had been 10 yards or extra down the sector, and hell, 10 of his completions didn’t even journey 5 yards via the air.
The Jets aren’t simply dangerous, they’re languishing in mediocrity — as they’ve for years. The problem is there’s been zero enchancment in any aspect of the sport from Week 1 to Week 14. I had extraordinarily excessive hopes for Robert Saleh, and thought he was one of the best teaching rent of the offseason, however this can be a mess and it’s not getting higher.
It’s left me feeling just like the Jets, together with the Jaguars, are destined for extra horrific disappointment endlessly.
Winner: The Broncos and Lions for honoring Demaryius Thomas
The tragic lack of Demaryius Thomas this week was an absolute intestine punch. The Broncos and Lions gave us some of the touching NFL tributes of all time.
The Broncos opened at present’s recreation with 10 gamers, leaving the X receiver place empty to honor the late Demaryius Thomas.
The Lions declined the delay of recreation penalty. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Xd61Y228On
— SB Nation (@SBNation) December 12, 2021
If you work on this enterprise for a when you study the gamers individuals usually like, or dislike. Those that are ornery, hate speaking to individuals, and don’t get together with their friends.
I by no means heard a nasty phrase about Demaryius Thomas. He was a reserved man, all the time beneficiant and cordial to others. Not simply the media, however followers who met him. Thomas was the epitome of an expert in each sense of the phrase, and a really fantastic man. Relaxation in peace, Bay Bay.
Loser: City Meyer, who likes to move the buck
I instructed you we’d get again to this one, as a result of City Meyer deserves his personal part. I feel everybody however probably the most delusional followers knew Meyer was going to be a horrible rent for the Jaguars, however rattling he’s outdone himself in 2021. This all peaked over the weekend with a report on NFL.com about how dangerous issues have gotten.
“Throughout a employees assembly, Meyer delivered a biting message that he’s a winner and his assistant coaches are losers, in response to a number of individuals knowledgeable of the contents of the assembly, difficult every coach individually to elucidate after they’ve ever received and forcing them to defend their résumés.”
City Meyer HIRED HIS ASSISTANTS. Now the Jaguars are dropping he’s throwing them below the bus. As everyone knows, an important chief by no means assumes duty for the great and the dangerous, placing a company on their shoulders. They whine when issues aren’t going their approach.
The Chiefs had been a damaged, deeply flawed crew earlier this season. Defensive struggles had been too massive for Patrick Mahomes to beat, and the entire offense reeked of the crew counting on No. 15 to do all of it himself, and if he couldn’t they’d crumble.
Quick ahead to now, and the Chiefs are 9-4, rolling, and simply had a major win over the Raiders, who aren’t precisely a simple out. Kansas Metropolis has turn into constant at a time when the remainder of the AFC is in tatters.
Kansas Metropolis has discovered to rely extra on their dashing, and positive that’s straightforward if you’re up by 4 touchdowns, however they’re nonetheless doing higher at taking the stress off Mahomes and permitting him to play extra joyous soccer.
There’s one thing brewing right here, as long as that protection holds.
Loser: City Meyer, who behaves like a pouty little one
Keep in mind when City Meyer whined about free company again in March and mentioned it was “dangerous enterprise”? That’s as a result of he couldn’t think about a world the place grown adults weren’t blown away by the aura of City Meyer, the identical approach highschool youngsters had been that he was recruiting.
Meyer decried the best way gamers signed with groups with out having official conferences. He needed an method the place he acquired to judge their persona, not their soccer talent.
“I suppose within the outdated days you may deliver them in and meet them, have dinner with them, you discover out the soccer mind, discover out their character.”
That is shining via with this latest report about how insulting he’s to his personal gamers.
“Receiver Marvin Jones — one of many locker room’s most revered and mild-mannered veterans — grew to become so offended with Meyer’s private and non-private criticism of the receiver group that he left the ability till different employees members satisfied him to come back again and had a heated argument with Meyer throughout apply.”
If you’re pissing off probably the most revered, high-character veteran in your crew you’re clearly the issue.
Because it stands the No. 1 receiver this week is George Kittle, and my God did the tight finish dismantle the Bengals. Kittle completed with 13 receptions for 151 yards and a landing in a recreation the place Cincinnati had zero probability of stopping him.
I’m nonetheless undecided if the Niners have the firepower to final into the playoffs, nevertheless it’s trying actually good up to now.
Loser: City Meyer, who completely mustn’t return to the NFL subsequent season
No person exterior of Jon Gruden has executed extra injury to their very own crew this season than City Meyer. It’s not just like the Jaguars had a ton going for them exterior of Trevor Lawrence, however he’s made all the pieces markedly worse.
Lawrence is struggling to play good soccer. Meyer’s personal employees and gamers appear to hate him, and he’s nonetheless preening round like a soccer God amongst idiots. That is shaking out to be not simply the worst teaching rent this 12 months, however probably one of many worst of all time.
Jacksonville wants to drag the plug on this mess. They’ve to acknowledge that the longer Meyer infects their franchise the harder eliminating his illness will likely be. I’d prefer to suppose they understand this too, however this can be a franchise recognized for wallowing of their errors.
Please, simply give Trevor Lawrence an opportunity and ship City Meyer packing.
Loser: The Payments’ slide into potential oblivion
We knew the Buccaneers had been going to be a troublesome recreation, however Buffalo’s plummet has been pronounced. If the Bengals beat the 49ers this afternoon the Payments could be out of the playoff image for now.
Because it stands they’re clinging to the ultimate spot. Fortunately they’ve a recreation in opposition to the hapless Panthers subsequent week.
Nonetheless, issues are trying shaky for Buffalo. At 7-6 they’re sharing a file with three different groups, all of whom might very simply soar up. After Carolina the Payments play the Patriots, Falcons and Jets — straightforward video games exterior of New England, however that is going to be a really tense watch for Payments followers.
On the very least this crew doesn’t appear geared up to take care of playoff-caliber opponents.