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Old 07-21-2010   #1
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As some of you ma very well know I started writing articles last month. I am now a Featured Columnist for the Denver Broncos at Bleacher Report. I am the Tim Tebow Beat writer as well.

I was given an assignment to write about...

"Most Hyped Rookie Seasons in NFL History"

I was hoping to get some help widdling down this list or possibly adding to it.

I really want to take this a timeless over the top piece. The draft has taken place since 1936 so I am sure there is someone I missed. Thanks in advance for your participation n this endeavor. It will truly be a bleacher report.

Here is the list so far...

Carson Palmer
John Henderson
Albert Haynesworth
Troy Aikman
Jeff Georga
Dan Marino
Drew Bledsoe
Byron Leftwich
Donovan McNabb
Vinny Testaverde
Tim Couch
Troy Aikman Super Bowl
JaMarcus Russell
Tony Mandarich
John Henderson/Albert Haynesworth
Tony Bosselli
Micheal Vick
Peyton Manning
Eli manning
Vince Young
Reggie Bush
Gayle Sayers,
O.J. Simpson,
Bo Jackson,
Eric Dickerson,
Emmitt Smith,
Barry Sanders,
Ricky Williams,
Ric Casares
Marcus Allen
Otto Graham,
George Blanda,
Johnny Unitas,
Fran Tarkenton,
Y.A. Tittle,
Babe Parilli.
LeRoy Selmon,
Jack Youngblood,
Alex Karas,
Merlin Olsen,
Russel Maryland,
Warren Sapp
Doug Atkins.
Ronnie Lott,
- Lane.
Brian Bosworth
Leaf,
Mandarich
Bosworth
Todd Marinovich
Dan Looney
Franco Harris,
Tony Dorsett and
Earl Campbell,
George Rogers,
Dan Marino,
Randy Moss.
Joe Green,
Lawrence Taylor,
- Butkis,
Jack Lambert,
Derrick Thomas,
Jevon Kearse
Terrelle Rryor


Can anyone remember the first rookie sensation or the first hyped out rookie in NFL history. This is just the kind of nuggets I want to crown this article with.
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i know he wasn't drafted but Kurt Warner had a decent rookie season...
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So Jagsbch, I see you're about everywhere...no loyality to the Jags? or did the Jags message board heat become too much for you? I read you over on the Bucs messageboard, when you thought lord Byron Leftwich was going to save the Bucs last season. Now, you have hopped on the Tim Tebow bandwagon for the Broncos....you are a ture tool...do you have season tickets to the Jags? No, because they they did not pick Timmy? What other excuse? Oh, you probably did buy one ticket for the Jags this season, week one, right? vs. Broncos....let me guess you're hoping Timmy will be on the rookie list too?
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I reckon I don't understand what you're going to write about here. Is it the most hyped after they were drafted? Or their rookie season accomplishments?

I didn't bother going through the entire list, but the very first one (Carson Palmer) never played a snap his rookie season.
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Don't forget about this year's rookie Ryan Matthews, he has been a bit too over-hyped by the media and not completly on him as a player but because of the team he was drafted By. Now the pressure is on him to have a L.T rookie impact
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In terms of "overhyped before playing a down", Reggie Bush should be included in your article.
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David Carr was actually really hyped before he played a down and after beating the cowboys. He was the first round pick starting a new franchise but we all know how this story ends
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So Jagsbch, I see you're about everywhere...no loyality to the Jags? or did the Jags message board heat become too much for you? I read you over on the Bucs messageboard, when you thought lord Byron Leftwich was going to save the Bucs last season. Now, you have hopped on the Tim Tebow bandwagon for the Broncos....you are a ture tool...do you have season tickets to the Jags? No, because they they did not pick Timmy? What other excuse? Oh, you probably did buy one ticket for the Jags this season, week one, right? vs. Broncos....let me guess you're hoping Timmy will be on the rookie list too?


TexansTalk version of Family Feud?

Come on Jagsbch, don't let him get away with this.




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No need for a feud, considering he is not a Jags fan anyway....Sometimes, the truth hurts! As soon, as the Jags get good again...he'll try to jump back on, saying he has always been there for the Jags. He can wear his #15 jersey and bandwagon all day long. He needs to update his user name to #15bch or tebronco?



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So Jagsbch, I see you're about everywhere...no loyality to the Jags? or did the Jags message board heat become too much for you? I read you over on the Bucs messageboard, when you thought lord Byron Leftwich was going to save the Bucs last season. Now, you have hopped on the Tim Tebow bandwagon for the Broncos....you are a ture tool...do you have season tickets to the Jags? No, because they they did not pick Timmy? What other excuse? Oh, you probably did buy one ticket for the Jags this season, week one, right? vs. Broncos....let me guess you're hoping Timmy will be on the rookie list too?
Byron took the Bucs 28th ranked offense to being top 5 before he had the rug pulled out from underneath him in week 3 by what was clearly a smoke screen designed to get Freeman on the field.

A good freind of mine is a Buc fan. I know a few Buc fans, last season the bet was that he would not win the starting job. I won the bet.

Now when week 1 rolled around I bet that Byron would immediately emerge as a top 10 QB. I won the bet.

Now when week 2 rolled around the bet was that Byron would emerge as a top 5 QB. I won the bet.

Byron managed to be the third-ranked QB last season in the category of touchdowns and yards combined going into Week Three last season.

Thing is when you allow Byron to thrive in a system that allows his strenths to be polished and his talent to shine, this guy immerges as a remarkaable QB.

This begs the question, as to whether or not, Byron was set up to fail by his own coaching staff, so they could plug in overrated mobile quarterbacks.

Last season, Byronís performance in the first two weeks jacked the Buc's 28th-ranked offense to being fourth best in the league; that is before having the rug pulled out from underneath him by the coaching staff shutting down the offense.

How does a gunslinger like Byron only manage 22 yards on seven completions?

How does a rushing offense that racked up 231 yards rushing be held to just 13 yards rushing?

How can a QB come into a game and in just one late fourth-quarter drive outperform the passing and rushing offense that played the entire game?

Could it be as simple as the fact that the offense was opened up with the spread at the end of the game, when the mobile QB emerged on the field?

This after being locked down with a West Coast offense during the game when the pure pocket passer was out on the field.

They say a picture can tell a thousand words.

Well the tale of the tape say's even more.

All one has to do have to do to appreciate the veracity of this paranoid and audacious take that Byron may have been sabotaged by his own coaching staff, is to look at the highlight reel from the Giants and Jags game on NFL.com.

The single footage of Byron trying to make the best of the situation, while his only two receivers were both sent to the same side of the field within yards of each other while the defenders swarmed on them like flies in the dog fight. This footage alone speaks volumes.

A 2005 top ten QB, Byron has been done so wrong for so long; that is why he has my heart as far as being my favorite player in this league.

Where is a violin when I need one?

The reason Byron managed to accomplish the top ten feat, in 2005, was the result of being set free in the third quarter to unleash his cannon of an arm, before being locked back down again by the obsolete WCO.

Once Jack Del Rio, who seemed to refuse the offense to take the glory off the field, got his lead back, Byron was reverted to simple dink and dunk management roleóa role that turned his cannons into pea shooters.

Jack Del Rio is a throwback head coach who is clearly living in the wrong era.

His ultra conservative, in your face, mano-e-mano approach, as admirable as it may be, is outdated in the modern era.

I can only presume that the deep passing game is something Jack Del Rio considers being cowardly, given the fact that he prefers an ultra conservative approach instead of using the arrows of the deep passing game, which take the fight away from the front 7 on the battle field.

Whenever I watch the movie "300," I canít help but think of the Spartan-looking Jack Del Rio.

"Persian: A thousand nations of the Persian empire descend upon you. Our arrows will blot out the sun! Stelios: Then we will fight in the shade."

I think of JDR, especially when they are bombarded with the arrows, and Stelios calls them cowards for not fighting mano-e-mano style.



I mentioned in the article Byrons third down efficiency in 2005, which was actually the last season he was allowed to play before getting benched after his sideline squabble over what with JDR in the Texan game of 2006, game which happened to be the last Byron ever played for the Jags.

I can only imagine that is was the ball and chain scheme Byron was forced to carry around for all those years in JDR's chain gang of an offense. JDR is a defensive minded headcoach, his idea of a great game is a team winning 9-3.

Jaguars have the record for going the most games without scoring 30 points under JDR. JDR wants to see the game played in front of the LB's not behind them. This is why rather than use Byron and Matt Jones for instance in the deep passing game to utilize both their strengths, JDR sadistically sent Matt under neatth the LB's to get punished while he got his rocks off watching the QB who has haunted him his entire career at the LB position get his and how.

Why he had Matt so traumetised that after a catch with no one around him, Matt just laid there on the ground in a fetal position.

I've had a few conversations with JDR, once his Rose Bowl MVP came up, with disdain he said that he had to share it with the QB. So at the peak of JDR's glory in college, there was the QB to take the spotlight away...

Jack IMO has a deep seated hatred for the pure pocket passer, that is why he has a fullback playing the position now in one David Garrard. Heck if Ladainian Tomlinson can have a better QB rating than any of the greatest to play the game at the position, why not put a guy out there who ought to actually be playing the fullback postion?

But I digress.

Back to the 3rd quarter of Byrons last season as a starter in this league.

Despite Byron having to drag JDR's a ball and chain scheme that is not only outdated but obsolete, he still managed to emerge as a top 10 QB. Thing that makes the WCO obsolete, is that defenses are wise to it now.

The scheme was designed for weak armed QB's, and it is designed to be played underneath the LB's in order to take advantage of their lack of coverage skills.

Well opponents put an end to that by installing nickle and dime packages. That pretty much put the nail in the coffin of anyone operating that system.

Now when Byron was allowed to take the ball and chain of the WCO off, he was amazing. The 3rd Quarter of 05 proves this without a shadow of a doubt.

His rating before they changed the rating system a few years back was 137.5. Now it is 128.3 for the entire season.

In the 3rd of the 05 season compared to the 1st...

Byron had 12 times as many 20+ completions
7 Times the TD's
More than doubled the first downs
More than three times the yards

This was the result of running a balanced offense as far as the proportions to the run pass ratio model of the modern era goes.

Byrons only INT's that season came in the 4th quarter and OT.

The 4th quarter had a different tale, when Byron was allowed to run the spread with the deep passing game, it was almost always at the cost of the run.

JDR had a habbit of abandoinging the run back then, and while placing the teams fate squarely on Byrons shoulders. Byron accepted the challenge while leading the team to the playoffs that season.

Byron has yet to be given the opportunity to pick up where he left off, when he ranked as a top 10 QB in his 05 season, by being given a season to play on an offense and with a scheme that actually allows him to develop and execute his strengths as an elite calliber QB in this league.

Byron is a diamond in the rough, and all the Jewelers who have ever allowed him to start managed to do, was hack up the diamond rin the rough with a scheme that goes against his grains, rather than polish his brilliance with one that actually illuminates it.

I have been following Byron since he was in college, my wifes family were huge Herd fans, so I managed to travel and see quiet a few games with them.

From Chad Pennington throwing to Randy Moss, to Byron in the swamp I was there. I know what Byron is capable of and the obstacles he has faced in his pursuit to get a team to allow his diamond in the rough status, to be upgraded, cut and polished to the dazzling state it is capable off.

Yet all he and I have seen is the league hack up this diamond, that is one Byron Leftwich, that is outside of the opportunity Mike Tomlin has given him.

Mike actually honored Byron in the locker room last season during the Super Bowl festivities that occur every year. Mike gets it. I get, and pretty soon I imagine the entire league is about to get it too...

Byron Leftwich has started 49 games in this league. 49 is divisible by 7.Byron has been in a game in a back up capacity only 8 times. 5 of those where for the Steelers in 2008 when the team went to the Super Bowl, and 2 where when Byron was a rookie, so please spare me of the condescending back up caliber crap.

Byron competed for the starting role in Tampa, won and got jerked out of it by a bunch of jerks.

According to the rookie QB, the bunch of jerks only signed Byron as a smokescreen for the draft. Because they thought the raw rookie was a high commodity rather than a reach from hell.

Byron has thrown 900 completions for over 10,000 yards. He passed the 10,000 yard mark on a 42 yard TD strike to Kellen Winslow against Dallas last season.

Point is Byron is clearly much more than your average back up caliber QB.
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My god, what long posts, I wish I had the time to read about the feud.

Still dont understand if this thread is about the most hyped draft pick. Or the player that was most hyped during his rookie season?

Anyway Reggie Bush has to top the list.
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Jagsbch and Mootini, you might want to take your riff back to Jagsville.


Meanwhile, Jagsbch, you might want to take a second off and answer Hou-Tex's more thread-apropos question.
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Wow...all that typing for Lord Byron!!! He will be on injury report by week 3. The Steelers have no OL...Bryon's long release...does not fit to well? Seems as if your winded rant about leftwich was 100% true. Every team in the league would be gunning for his tallents. Why is the league not knocking on his door? Nah, you just blame the coach...that's the easy thing to do. You can be displeased with the Jags all you want...I don't consider you a Jag fan anyway. Just a major complainer. You do not support them and whine and complain. Then complain when they are blacked out! Most NFL fans would agree JDR is a decent coach, I'd say he is about 50-50 in my books. This is his make or break year, along with the guy, who was better than Leftwich..Garrard. Go back to the Broncos and Tebow..they can have you.
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Jagsbch and Mootini, you might want to take your riff back to Jagsville.


Meanwhile, Jagsbch, you might want to take a second off and answer Hou-Tex's more thread-apropos question.
No riff, just calling this guy out!
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Wow...all that typing for Lord Byron!!!
To be fair, it really wouldn't have seemed that long if more than a couple of those "paragraphs" had more than one sentence.

Back OT - Reggie Bush should head the list, IMO. Way, way overhyped, and has turned out pretty much exactly what any sane person figured him to be, which is not an every-down back, but a utility player who can provide some playmaking ability in odd spots. Basically, he's Eric Metcalf (no offense to Eric Metcalf, if he's lurking).
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To be fair, it really wouldn't have seemed that long if more than a couple of those "paragraphs" had more than one sentence.

Back OT - Reggie Bush should head the list, IMO. Way, way overhyped, and has turned out pretty much exactly what any sane person figured him to be, which is not an every-down back, but a utility player who can provide some playmaking ability in odd spots. Basically, he's Eric Metcalf (no offense to Eric Metcalf, if he's lurking).
I would say that it has to be Reggie Bush. I've never seen anyone that hyped in my life time going into the draft any way. I'll admit that I bought into the hype as well, and was a victim of it so that shows right there. Ha ha!!

Bush takes the cake on this one for sure.
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I would say that it has to be Reggie Bush. I've never seen anyone that hyped in my life time going into the draft any way. I'll admit that I bought into the hype as well, and was a victim of it so that shows right there. Ha ha!!

Bush takes the cake on this one for sure.
Mandarich and Bosworth were right up there though.
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2006 NFL draft with one shocker (Mario Williams) and the hometown team passing over god (Vince Young) and the greatest thing ever since sliced bread (Reggie Bush).
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Mandarich and Bosworth were right up there though.
A true blast from the past........and at the time.......would have beaten Reggie out for this award hands down. Remember, he was all hyped up for the SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT............a clue in itself.

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1987 Seattle selects LB Brian Bosworth in supplemental draft

Brian Bos-not-worth-it. Scott Halleran /Allsport
There was so much we wanted to say about Brian Bosworth: the mohawk ... the warpaint, the truck (license plate "BO KNOWS") that ran over him on Monday Night Football ... the terrible, terrible movies. This was a oaf of such tremendous proportions that Barry Switzer couldn't stand him.

But after stumbling across the following Seattle Times column, there was nothing left for us to say about his 24-game, four-sack NFL career.

Boz: Was it All Part of Game Plan?
The Seattle Times -- July 22, 1990
By Steve Kelley

He left without even saying goodbye. This man who had so much to say when he arrived in the summer of 1987, drifted out of town like the fog, leaving Seattle, the Seahawks and the National Football League on little cat's feet.
Brian Bosworth was every promise that was never kept. He was every fad that never lasted. He was the lambada of linebackers. A Nehru jacket with shoulder pads. A hoola hoop, wearing No. 55. He was the last disco dance. The first pair of bell-bottomed pants.

Bosworth was a fraud, a lemon, a jerk, a 245-pound mouth.

He was billed as the next Dick Butkus, the next Sam Huff, the next Ray Nitschke. He was the next Ford Pinto. He was supposed to be a terror. Instead, he was terrible.

Now he's gone. He flunked his last football test last week, failing his Seahawk physical. The report said he had a bad shoulder. He also had bad knees, a bad attitude and a bad feel for the game.

He leaves behind a legacy of unanswered questions. Did he make his reputation bullying the meek Kansas States, Missouris and Iowa States of the Big Eight?

How much of a role did steroids play in his game? When he played at Oklahoma, was he as blown up as one of those balloons at the Macy's parade? Were the Seahawks fooled by a steroid-swollen Bosworth? In Seattle, he became the incredible shrinking linebacker.

Couldn't they have seen it coming? In an age when players are weighed, tested and measured like prize-winning cattle, shouldn't the Seahawks have been skeptical about his smallish 9 1/2 feet and little hands? He was supposed to be another Lawrence Taylor. How could so many NFL experts have been wrong?
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As the 1989 draft approached, Mandarich was the highest-rated player on the board. Higher than Troy Aikman. Higher than Barry Sanders. Higher than Deion Sanders and Derrick Thomas. It was on. He had serious clout. Mandarich could call his own shot. Everyone had bought in. Almost everyone.

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