As part of my post-surgery boredom, I have been spending much more time on this site, and my anticipation for the season's start grows by the minute. While writing my last fan post, a very logical next step crossed my mind, and I feel obliged to write about it. Who is our least favorite player? That guy who seemingly loses the entire game for the team, who's bonehead play is the vain of our existence (at least during the games) and who we will instantly point to as the cause for a losing season, logical or not. It is (unfortunately) too early to pin point who this guy will be for the upcoming season so, the candidates will consist of members last years team, many of which have since left. Please let me know if I forget any worthy members in the comments. I will list the candidates, as well as my reasons for hating them below. In advance, I do apologize for sounding only pessimistic about these players, and not attempting to highlighting their good qualities.
Gosder Cherilus: One of the many busts from the Millen era, Gosder always seemed to have the worst timing with his penalties. After a type of play that seemed to change the momentum of the game in our favor, it was common to see a yellow flag in honor of Gosder's illegal play. And when he wasn't causing penalties, he always seemed to miss blocks or not block effectively. Coach Jim seemed to dislike Gosder's effort, once stopping practice so everyone could watch him run laps for not putting forth enough effort. I was very glad to seem him sign with Indy, seeing as we are now not only rid of him, but because of the massive contract he somehow got, we will receive a 4th or 5th round compensatory pick in next years draft.
Dominic Raiola: Prior to last year, I was not seeing the decline in Raiola's play; however, after his blunder in Tennessee, it was extremely obvious. The snaps often seemed off center, and there always seemed to be pressure up the middle. Although this could be explained by Peterman's poor play, Raiola's role is to help the guards manage their blocks, and should have been able to fix this problem with Peterman. Also, Dom's odd head-jerk presnap is unnecessary and has caused penalties for him in the past, while not helping cause encroachment penalties.
Stefan Logan: Could not find his way down an empty street given the chance. From my perspective, it seemed he would catch the ball, see where all the defenders were, and run right at them...every time. No juke moves or anything, it looked liked he enjoyed being terrible at his job. Along with that, he muffed a punt seemingly every game and could barley move it forward an inch when he did catch it. Logan was terrible when he tried to play on offense as well. And lets not forget his Christmas kneel down off the free kick that had even Jim as outraged as we were. From a mental standpoint, he never got it together enough to figure out how to run right last season
Brandon Pettigrew: Pettidrop, "Stone Hands" Pettigrew are just a few names the fans have affectionately given Brandon because of his inability to hold onto a ball. He had so many crucial catches go through his hands, that I found myself towards the end of the season yelling "NO!!" whenever the ball was thrown his way. And IF Brandon somehow caught the ball, many times he'd either fumble, or mess up in some other way. Even when the entire receiving corps was on the injury report, he was unable to get himself more targets, showing that Matt felt the same way we did about Brandon's catching ability. Heres to hoping that Brandon has fixed that now, and will be ready for this season.
Nick Harris: His punting was so bad it almost hurt at times. I don't know if he toe was injured or something, but every time I found myself in disbelief over how little distance the ball had traveled. Nick ranked dead last in punting average, really should not have held a job based off of that. The last two clubs he was with (Lions, Jags) have since drafted punters (Sam Martin, Bryan Anger respectively) to ensure that they would never again be left with Nick's atrocious punting. I do not expect him to have a job in the NFL in the coming season.