Who Should Be Blamed for NFL’s Biggest Underperformers?

Every year, some players fall flat.

Who Should Be Blamed for NFL's Biggest Underperformers?
DeShone Kizer #7 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball in the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Every year, newly signed players who have high prospects fall flat. Some of the most infamous free-agent acquisitions of all time include Albert Haynesworth, Alvin Harper and Andre Rison. Every draft is defined by busts like these as much as by its successes, writes Bleacher Report. But who is to blame for the biggest underperformers? Sometimes injuries play a factor, but was their performance their fault, the coach’s, or the team’s? Bleacher Report lists five performers who had massive expectations put on them but still underwhelmed. Cleveland Browns QB DeShone Kizer had the league-worst eight red-zone turnovers. Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles’s role was diminished as the coaching staff relied more heavily on C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker. The Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff had no idea how to use John Ross as a wide receiver. Indianapolis Colts Jabaal Sheard performance did not match the teams $25.5 million contract investment. And the Tennessee Titans spent a large portion of their available cap space by signing S Johnathan Cyprien and Logan Ryan, but Cyprien isn’t an ideal fit for a defense in need of better coverage.

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