When it comes to the NFL, disappointment can be defined in a few different ways. If you’re a fan of a team that doesn’t tend to do so well, disappointment may be represented by a new free agent signing that was supposed to make a difference but didn’t. If your team is already poised for a Super Bowl run, there won’t be anything more disappointing then an injury that derails everything. The world watched in horror last year as a talented Cardinals team had their wheels fall off when Carson Palmer tore his ACL.
This year is no exception in the NFL. Some teams are experiencing new highs and while disappointment was once again present for Jags or Raiders fans (for example), there is reason for optimism going into the 2016-2017 season.
One of the other things that can be incredibly disappointing is being a fan of a team that is worth being excited about, but whose young players can't stay on the field. Is Kevin White a good football player? We have no idea and neither does any other Chicago Bears fan. Talk about disappointing.
Even if your team is outstanding and generally healthy, there is still always a weak link to be found on even the strongest of teams. The quick turnaround and brutal nature of the NFL may lead you to be outstanding for one year, but all it does is set you up to come crashing back to reality for the rest of your career with expectations that are now higher then ever.
Hopefully you’re a fan of a football team that has had more ups then downs this year, but for whatever team you’re a fan of, there is a disappointing football player for you.
These are the 32 biggest disappointments in the 2015-2016 NFL season.
32 Arizona Cardinals - Tyrann Mathieu
31 Atlanta Falcons - Matt Ryan
30 Baltimore Ravens - Injuries To Everyone
29 Buffalo Bills - Mario Williams
28 Carolina Panthers - Kelvin Benjamin
27 Chicago Bears - Kevin White
26 Cincinnati Bengals - Jeremy Hill
25 Cleveland Browns - Johnny Manziel
24 Dallas Cowboys - Dez Bryant
23 Denver Broncos - Peyton Manning
22 Detroit Lions - Calvin Johnson
21 Green Bay Packers - Eddie Lacy
20 Houston Texans - Ryan Mallett
19 Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck
18 Jacksonville Jaguars - Dante Fowler
17 Kansas City Chiefs - Jamaal Charles
16 Miami Dolphins - Lamar Miller
15 Minnesota Vikings - Mike Wallace
14 New England Patriots - Brandon LaFell
13 New Orleans Saints - Brandon Browner
12 New York Giants - Jason Pierre-Paul
11 New York Jets - Geno Smith
10 Oakland Raiders - Curtis Lofton
9 Philadelphia Eagles - DeMarco Murray
8 Pittsburgh Steelers - Josh Scobee/Garret Hartley
7 San Diego Chargers - Melvin Gordon
6 San Francisco 49'ers - Colin Kaepernick
5 Seattle Seahawks - Cary Williams
4 St. Louis Rams - Nick Foles
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Vincent Jackson
2 Tennessee Titans - Bishop Sankey
1 Washington Redskins - Alfred Morris
The Washington Redskins were a team with an incredibly bright future only a few years ago. The rookie season of RG3 was in full swing and 6th round running back Alfred Morris was looking like an elite runner. Well, RG3 has destroyed his knee and Morris’ play in 2015 has led to him splitting carries with Matt Jones. Morris had 1,613 yards in his rookie campaign, but only managed 751 yards this season. Reduced carries definitely hurt that total (335 vs 202) but that doesn't make his decline any less disappointing.
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