Top 10 Tuesday: Biggest Bonehead
Week one of the NFL season is in the books and we already have a host of boneheaded plays. Some are the result of just poor execution, some are poor decision making and some are just down right confusing.
Often times in the NFL, the momentum of a game can change on one single play.
10. Ain’t Nobody Got Time(out) For That.
New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith barely escapes backpage tabloid disaster when he attempts to call a timeout prior to the two minute warning in the first half against the Bucs. The move was ignored by veteran referee Ed Hochuli who was either helping the young signal caller out by ignoring him, or too busy knocking out a few bicep curls prior to the half. Geno Smith would eventually lead the Jets to victory and further muddy the Jets quarterback waters.
9. Dolphins Wide Receiver Mike Wallace Sounds Off.
Wallace did not make a boneheaded play, but his response to not making plays is what lands him on the list. Wallace ended his Dolphin debut with one catch for 15 yards. The Dolphins signed Mike Wallace away from the Steelers to the tune of $60 million over the offseason and the addition of Wallace overhauled a receiving corps that clearly lacked an identity. At the half of Sunday’s 23-10 win over the Browns, Wallace had zero receptions and zero targets. When asked about the game, Wallace responded with “I don’t feel like talking about it. Ask coach.” When asked about the game plan, Wallace offered “Ask coach,” and “It’s not my game plan.” For those scoring at home, Brian Hartline enjoyed the addition of Wallace to the tune of nine receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown.
8. Block Party In Jacksonville
Jaguars linebacker J.T. Thomas breaks through the Chiefs’ line and almost takes the ball off of Dustin Colquitt’s foot for the blocked punt. The ball sails through the end zone for a safety. For those in deep, deep leagues where blocked punts count and points allowed are not a major factor, the Jaguars defense now has blocked punts in back-to-back games. The safety was their first since 2008 and their only points of the game. The 28-2 score was also the first ever 28-2 score in NFL history.
7. You See What Had Happened…
Patriots running back Stevan Ridley puts the ball on the ground not once, but twice Sunday against the Bills. Ridley’s second fumble came with the Pats up 10-0 and marching in for another score during the second quarter. That score could have likely put the game away for good. Flash forward a 74-yard fumble return for a touchdown later and we all of a sudden have a new ball game. Ridley did not see the field again and paved the way for Shane Vereen’s first 100 yard game of his career and only the second of the week through the end of Sundays games. Ridley will not be in Bill Belichick’s dog house for long. It was learned on Monday that Vereen will miss approximately the next four weeks following surgery on his broken wrist, an injury he sustained on his first play from scrimmage. Stevan Ridley makes the list and yet still manages to retain his job for at least another week. On the bright side, he was at least conscious when he fumbled on Sunday.
6. Josh Freeman Tries Out For The New England Revolution
Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman channeled his inner Pele to kick a fumbled snap out of the end zone early in Sundays game against a Jets. The play resulted in a 2-0 Jets lead and eased the worries of a fan base who had the team penciled in for an 0-for-16 campaign. Freeman, who is fighting for his job and was recently striped of his captaincy, was at least able to connect on this play despite failing to connect on half of his pass attempts against the Rex Ryan led Jets Sunday afternoon. Ole
5. Clay Matthews Tackles Colin Kaepernick Out Of Bounds.
The 49ers and Packers were tied at 7 with just over 9 minutes remaining in the first half when football fans were delighted with a triple dose of bone-headiness. Packer linebacker Clay Matthews hit 49er QB Colin Kaepernick out of bounds after his third down 4-yard gain to the Packer 10. The play, without the late hit, would have resulted in fourth down. As a result of the penalty to Matthews and an additional offsetting penalty to 49er tackle Joe Staley, the 49ers were allowed to replay third down. Of course, Kaepernick would hit Anquan Boldin for a touchdown on the very next play. The penalties (both deadball fouls) should have offset at the spot where the runner went out of bounds. This was a four point swing the Packers could have used and a blown call by the officials.
4. Lavonte David’s Late Hit On Geno Smtih
Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David does the unthinkable and literally gift wraps a win for the lowly Jets on opening day. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith scrambled 10 yards to the Bucs 45 yard line with seven seconds left in the game and got leveled by David out of bounds. The Jets (who were also out of time outs) sealed the win on the very next play with a Nick Folk 48-yard field goal.
3. Darius Reynaud Sets An NFL Record.
Titans return man Darius Reynaud sets an NFL record for the fastest scoring play in NFL history. Reynaud needed only three seconds to put points on the board… for the other team. Reynaud fielded the opening kickoff and stepped back to kneel down in the end zone which resulted in the safety. Not exactly the “Safety” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had been preaching all winter, but it’s a start.
2. Suh me if you’ve heard this one before.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh sure likes to keep people who write about boneheaded plays busy. During the Lions’ week one tilt against the Vikings, Suh took a cheap shot at a Vikings lineman during his teammate’s pick-six. The Lions were trailing at the time and had to take the six points off the board over an illegal block on a player no where near making a play on the ball carrier. The penalty did not end up costing the Lions the game, but it looks like it will cost Suh in the next few weeks.
1.The Pick-Six That Never Was.
The top spot has to be Bronocs’ second-year linebacker Danny Trevathan. He picked off a Joe Flacco pass at the 30 and has nothing but green grass and sunshine ahead of him for his first NFL touchdown! Everything was going according to plan… until he decided to drop the ball at the one in order to get the celebration started just a little early. The play resulted in a touchback, some shame and the loss of some potentially crucial points some fantasy owners could have used when they started the Broncos’ defense in week one. Thankfully, some guy named Peyton Manning rose to the occasion and tossed seven touchdowns to bail out his teammate.