NFL Wide Receivers Are Consistently Becoming A Problem

Are NFL Wide Receivers Dumb? Or Are They Just Stupid?

1/20/09 in NFL   |   Michael_Luchies   |   17 respect

Why is there a growing trend of NFL wide receivers acting up?  Over the last year and a half, wide receivers have been headlining issues in the NFL.  Take out Pacman Jones, Larry Johnson, and a few other players and the problems caused by players have been created by the wide receiver position and it is sickening.  Here is a quick rundown of the 2008 wide receiver issues:

Plaxico Burress:  Was suspended an entire game for skipping team meetings, followed later in the season by him shooting himself and he now faces multiple charges and may be facing serious jail time. 
Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson:  Johnson was ready to sit out the entire season.  Johnson refused to attend any team functions and demanded a trade.  Johnson ended up rejoining the team after changing his name to Chad Ocho Cinco.
Terrell Owens:  T.O started to fall apart in the middle of the season as he was apparently not getting enough looks by quarterback Tony Romo.  Owens allegedly instructed TE Jason Witten not to talk to him and has an obvious beef with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. 
Marvin Harrison:  Was accused of firing a gun he owned outside an establishment also owned by Marvin Harrison.  Not enough evidence was found, so charges were dropped. 
Anquan Boldin:  Boldin, much like Chad Johnson held the threat of sitting out against the Cardinals due to his teammate Fitzgerald receiving a contract but not being offered an attractive new contract himself.  Now during the final drive of the NFC Championship game he explodes against his offensive coordinator and then "practically fought with teammates while they were celebrating the NFC Championship".

Why does it seem like the biggest ego's and issues both lie within the wide receiver position?  Is there an unwritten rule that wide receivers don't have to be good teammates?  I can understand some of the frustration that wide receivers may feel in regards to their production.  I don't have any sympathy for them, but the wide receiver position is the only position in football (TE's sometimes included) that completely rely on one players decision, the quarterback.  The quarterback always gets the snap, the running back always gets the handoffs, but the wide receiver has to depend on the quarterback to throw the ball in his direction.  Play calling is an obvious contributor to receivers frustration as many of these wide outs have been seen yelling at the offensive coordinators on numerous occasions(mostly T.O. and Boldin).  It could be just an odd coincidence, but this infectious trend looks to be on the rise with bigger ego's, increased yelling, and blatant stupidity. 

There's no telling if this trend of stupidity and selfishness displayed by wide receivers league wide will continue.  The consequences that these unruly wide receivers face could help others see that there is nothing to gain by yelling at your coordinator or putting down your teammates.  It seems as though they don't even realize how many millions of people would love to be in their position.

I would not be surprised if teams started to focus more on character flaws than ever before.  Plaxico, Vick, Pacman, and other shady characters have cost franchises millions, and it looks like these wide receivers could cost their teams in the long run as well.  The ignorance of the wide receiver must be stopped or the T.O.'s and Boldin's will continue to get their way and will never become good teammates and role models. 
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1/20/09   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

Just give me the F'in ball!!! 

1/20/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

A lot of WR's are divas, prima donnas, crybabies, etc.  The article is great, but you forgot about Braylon Edwards, who declared HE AND HE ALONE was the reason for Cleveland's playoff run last season. And we can't forget about Matt Jones, Chris Henry, Brandon Marshall, Santonio Holmes, and Vincent Jackson's run-ins with the law  But thank goodness for guys like Torry Holt, who just plays great football and stays out of the headlines.  Or guys like Marques Colston, who quietly dominates a game. Or a guy like Anquan Boldin's teammate Larry Fitzgerald, someone who is probably the best WR in the game right now, but he doesnt make sure he tells everyone all the time

1/20/09   |   raptrbreth   |   19 respect

Poli_ wrote:
there is no 'I' in team work

But, as any wide receiver will tell you, there is "m" and "e" in team.

1/20/09   |   Superbleeder   |   94 respect

keebs8 wrote:
Personally I think with Boldin it was a heated argument caught on tape and blown out of proportion by the media, I mean okay the guy held out for more money in the pre-season, who would't he's talented and would be No 1 on alot of other NFL teams.. The goes out, get's his face broken in half, comes back in a couple of weeks and plays the game with medal pins and plates in his face. Just for a second picture if Boldin took that shot that McGahee took vs the Steelers, I dont think it would have been to pretty, so to me a Wr whom hasn't caused but a contract issue that gets torqued off at his coach because he's not getting the ball that's the way I would have reacted as well..   The other's, Burress, Owens, Henry etc, those are a different breed and enough said on them..

Ya but your team is just about to go to the superbowl.  There should be NOTHING else on your mind but that.  Well unless you dont play the game for that.

1/20/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

The position is also one of isolation, they are the furthest from their teammates in more than one way.  Hines Ward, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and until recently Anquan Boldin were not just  seen as great receivers, they were  seen as true football players, they played hard, blocked and sacrificed.  Boldin just handed his football player card to T.J Houshmandzadeh.   Yes it is a peacock position and that's why when  I look at Paul Warfield, Art Monk,  Bobby Mitchell,  Charley Taylor and Otis Taylor  I  shake my head at what has been done with the legacy they forged.

1/20/09   |   keebs8   |   1701 respect

Personally I think with Boldin it was a heated argument caught on tape and blown out of proportion by the media, I mean okay the guy held out for more money in the pre-season, who would't he's talented and would be No 1 on alot of other NFL teams.. The goes out, get's his face broken in half, comes back in a couple of weeks and plays the game with medal pins and plates in his face. Just for a second picture if Boldin took that shot that McGahee took vs the Steelers, I dont think it would have been to pretty, so to me a Wr whom hasn't caused but a contract issue that gets torqued off at his coach because he's not getting the ball that's the way I would have reacted as well..   The other's, Burress, Owens, Henry etc, those are a different breed and enough said on them..

1/20/09   |   Seth   |   301 respect

Poli_ wrote:
there is no 'I' in team work

But there's 2 'I''s in wide receiver. Maybe that explains why some seem to have more than one personality.

1/20/09   |   Poli_   |   93 respect

there is no 'I' in team work

1/20/09   |   Frankie_D   |   290 respect

Both!  Dumb and Stupid!  They all have Huge egos, and feel that they can't be stopped on and off the field. You would think that they would learn from Vick for instance, that no one can get away with breaking the law in America. No matter, Who you are!