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Eight things I was wrong about this NFL season

Who else thought Kyle Rudolph would break out this year as he got paired up with Norv Turner?

Who else thought Kyle Rudolph would break out this year because he got paired up with Norv Turner?

I don’t like to admit that I am ever wrong. Usually I’ll just fight and fight until the other person gives up, it’s the competitor in me. But sometimes I have no choice but to concede and I’ll have to admit that I was wrong. Like everybody, I made my predictions before the NFL season and was sure certain things would happen, would not happen, this guy would be good, this guy would be bad, what ever it might have been. But 13 weeks through the season it is time to admit to what I was wrong about, and it’s a couple there. Here are eight things I was completely wrong about.

Toby Gerhart was supposed to be getting over 200 carries this year but the severe lack of speed and burst killed that before it started.

Toby Gerhart was supposed to be getting over 200 carries this year but the severe lack of speed and burst killed that before it started.

1. Toby Gerhart and a power-running game would make the Jaguars competitive.

Boy was I wrong. Not only are the Jaguars far from competitive but Toby Gerhart doesn’t matter one bit this NFL season. Coming over from Minnesota, getting his first opportunity to be a featured back I thought Gerhart would get around 250 carries this season. He wouldn’t even have to be super great, I just figured that if they were grounding and pounding maybe a veteran QB like Chad Henne could do just enough against a fairly weak schedule with the young talented receivers they got down there. I projected them to finish 6-10.

2. Kyle Rudolph would be the breakout tight end

I’m far from the only person wrong on this one and now it is time that we never believe in Kyle Rudolph ever again. The guy has a lot of raw ability and the skills you look for in a tight end but he has never really done anything in the NFL. This year, especially after the team lost Adrian Peterson, was when he was supposed to break out since he got paired with the tight end guru of guru’s Norv Turner. Instead he hasn’t even been a blip on the radar. My second choice for breakout tight end was the speedy Zach Ertz. I’m not willing to say he’s not good because he’s definitely had his moments but the Eagles just don’t use him as much as they should.

3. The Bears would make the playoffs

Their offense has some incredible pieces with Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett and with those guys alone I thought they could be a very competitive team but it turns out their defense is just so terrible it doesn’t matter how good their offense is and finally all that struggling spread over to the offense. Marc Trestman won’t be in the playoffs this year but he might find his way to the unemployment line after only two seasons.

4. A Lions team focusing only on offense would have a historically bad defense

Yea, I got this one completely wrong. I was pretty shocked when the Lions drafted Eric Ebron because I figured they had Calvin Johnson and two respectable tight ends and added Golden Tate so it was already and explosive offense so I couldn’t understand why they would draft more offense when their defense struggled so much. Nobody really saw it coming but the Lions are in position to make the playoffs thanks to the best defense in the league and surprisingly they haven’t really gotten too much from their offense.

Everybody was saying that Colin Kaepernick played last season with broken bones in his foot but they were all healed up this year so naturally it made sense to figure he would bounce back and be much better.

Everybody was saying that Colin Kaepernick played last season with broken bones in his foot but they were all healed up this year so naturally it made sense to figure he would bounce back and be much better.

5. Colin Kaepernick would take the next step and lead the 49ers to an NFC West crown

Before the season there were a lot of reports that Colin Kaepernick was playing with an injured foot last year that left bone chips floating around, but this year he was completely healed up. Logically, I just assumed his mediocre 2013 season was due to his foot injury preventing him from running around and doing what made him so good two years ago when they went to the Super Bowl. But that hasn’t been the case and it turns out he’s just mediocre and the 49ers are purely a mediocre team this year and probably won’t make the playoffs.

6. Cordarrelle Patterson would be this year’s biggest offensive threat

The guy is a super athlete and was in a great situation in Minnesota where he would have turned into the league’s all-purpose yards leader since he was a receiver, kick returner and even a threat in the run game on endarounds. All of that seemed to be especially true in the Vikings’ week one game but it seems that once Adrian Peterson got suspended the team completely forgot how to get the ball to their star receiver and he’s done pretty much nothing this year.

7. The Rams would be the worst team in the league

I’m not even a huge Sam Bradford fan but once he went down I figured the Rams would be looking at maybe one or two wins but somehow this team is at 5-7 despite Austin Davis being their quarterback for most of the season. The impressive part, though, is that they beat both Superbowl participants from last year and another conference championship team, so three of the final four a year ago. If they only get a reliable quarterback…

8. The NFC South would fight for both Wildcard spots

I picked the Saints to win the division as Drew Brees would be working with one of his most talented receiving corps since going to New Orleans. I then picked an explosive Falcons offense to be a wild card team and while I said the Panthers could be held back by their offense (not their defense I said that side would be very strong) I thought they would be a game or two away from getting in. And at it turns out this division will probably have their conference champion go more than one game below .500.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.
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One Response to “Eight things I was wrong about this NFL season”
  1. Justin says:

    That whole NFC South prediction should be #1. A losing record is gonna make the playoffs out of that “division”