All-Disappointment Team (cont.)
Jason Taylor, Redskins -- After spending most of his offseason Dancing with the Stars, Taylor stomped his way out of Miami and into Washington in a blockbuster July trade. And what did the Redskins get for their $8 million, not to mention their second- and sixth-round picks? All of 3½ sacks and 29 tackles in 13 games of action. Yes, he was injured part of the time, but even when he was healthy, he was underwhelming. Taylor said recently he wouldn't be surprised if he didn't return to Washington for a second season. Neither would we.
Dishonorable mention: Jamaal Anderson, Falcons -- The No. 8 overall pick in the 2007 draft got the first two sacks of his career this season. Need I say more?
Glenn Dorsey, Chiefs -- Dorsey was expected to be a play-making force for Kansas City this season, but the No. 5 overall pick barely registered on the impact radar screen. His season totals of one sack, one forced fumble, and one pass defensed used to be a good quarter for him at LSU. What happened to all that explosiveness that we saw from him as a Tiger?
Dishonorable mention: Adam Carriker, Rams -- Not to pick on the youngsters, but the 2007 first-round pick was sack-less in St. Louis this year.
Brian Urlacher, Bears -- His reputation says he's one of the most dominating defensive players in the game. But reality says Urlacher just had a season in which he made almost no big plays for a Bears defense that has slid a long way from its 2006 hey day. Urlacher had no sacks, no forced fumbles and just two interceptions this season. That's almost hard to do when you start and play all 16 games in the middle of a defense.
Dishonorable mention: Lofa Tatupu, Seattle -- Same story as Urlacher. Got paid in the offseason, and then all but disappeared this season in terms of impact.
Vernon Gholston, Jets -- And to think that the Ohio State linebacker at one point was considered a candidate to go first overall in last April's draft. New York took him sixth overall, and he was hands-down the biggest disappointment of the first round. By season's end, he wasn't even making the game-day active roster. His 13 tackles, no sacks, no fumbles forced and no interceptions make him our easiest pick of all.
Dishonorable mention: Marcus Washington, Redskins -- His play has really fallen off after three superb seasons at the start of his Redskins career.
DeAngelo Hall, Raiders/Redskins -- The mind boggles at the fact Oakland gave Atlanta second- and fifth-round picks for Hall last offseason, and then handed him a seven-year, $70 million contract that included $24.5 million of guarantees. He got torched so routinely this season that the Raiders released him after just eight games, for which he was paid $8 million. He then signed with the Redskins and resumed his underachieving ways.
Dishonorable mention: Adam Jones, Dallas -- What exactly was all the fuss about? For what he produced this season for the Cowboys, Pacman certainly wasn't worth all the trouble.
Ken Hamlin, Cowboys -- Hamlin had a career year and made the Pro Bowl with Dallas in 2007, and then got franchised, ultimately signing a six-year, $39 million contract that included $9 million to sign and guarantees of almost $15 million. As for this season, if he ever made a big play, I missed it. All I ever saw of Hamlin was the back of his jersey, either missing a tackle or chasing another receiver or running back to the end zone.
Dishonorable mention: Kerry Rhodes, Jets -- I like Rhodes, but he just wasn't anywhere near the top of his game in 2008. His two picks, one sack and five passes defensed made very little impact.
Shaun Suisham, Redskins -- Suisham was the NFL's least reliable kicker, missing a league-high 10 field goals (26 of 36), including nine misses in 25 tries from 30 to 49 yards. That's just not up to snuff by NFL kicking standards these days.
Jack Del Rio, Jaguars -- Jacksonville was supposed to have a team poised for a legitimate run at the Super Bowl. But the bottom fell out for the Jaguars this season, with horrible locker room chemistry, sloppy play and a coaching staff that seemed powerless to change the losing dynamic. The low point of the season was Del Rio's ugly head-to-head showdown with linebacker Mike Peterson.
Dishonorable mention: Wade Phillips, Cowboys -- Dallas was a season-long train wreck, and Phillips proved himself to be the conductor who didn't know where the brake switch was located.
Jerry Jones, Cowboys -- You could give Jones this honor for the Pacman Jones and Roy Williams trades alone. But then, that would be overlooking so many other moves that didn't pan out. Like signing Flozell Adams and Ken Hamlin to big money deals, and not having a backup quarterback in place who could keep Dallas winning despite Tony Romo's three-game absence due to injury.
Dishonorable mention: Al Davis, Raiders -- There must be something about the notion of an owner being his own general manager that just doesn't work. Because Davis missed on Javon Walker and DeAngelo Hall this season, and Jones had the failures we noted above.