Quick question to give everyone here something to talk about while there isn't really a lot of news. Which player on the team improved the most over last season (that means Andre Roberts does not count, although he was vastly improved looking at Training Camp and the Preseason compared to how he played towards the end of the season), and who was the most disappointing player (this can be anyone).
For my most improved player, I'm going with Michael Adams. Most of us were very frustrated with him in the Wildcard game against the Packers last year (and the week 17 game) where Aaron Rodgers was burning the Cardinals defense by throwing towards anyone covered by Adams. Besides one beautiful play, he had a nightmare of a game. Now, his height will always be a liability, but this season he was pretty good in coverage, he had two Interceptions, and he was one of the better tacklers in the secondary. Put someone who plays like he does in the body of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, or Greg Toler, and you would have a pretty good Cornerback in my opinion.
|2010 - Michael Adams||13||0||0||2||36||0||37||8||45|
As for the most disappointing player, I'm going with Beanie Wells. With Kurt Warner retiring, everyone was expecting the Cardinals to run the ball more, yet with the spectacular talents of Derek Anderson they decided to throw the ball on almost every down, which is basically like repeatedly jamming a fork into an electrical socket with Mr. Swagtangibles under center. He only had one solid game this season, and that was his first game back from the Meniscus Tear against the Raiders where his first carry went for 24 yards (his longest run of the season by the way). He was expected to be a guy who would run for over 1,000 yards and have 10 Touchdowns after a solid rookie year where he had almost 800 yards and 7 Touchdowns, and most of his production came in the second half of that season after he started getting more carries. Instead, this season, he ran for about half of that, and his yards per carry dropped a full yard. Now, it doesn't help that he wasn't healthy until the Chiefs game midway through the season (according to an interview he gave a little while back), and that not having a good Quarterback let the other teams defense just stack up to stop the run, but he should have been better this season. I do wonder if it would have been different for him if he wasn't nailed in the knee about midway through the fourth Preseason game when he probably shouldn't have been out there, but the facts are that he struggled this year, and he will probably still be Tim Hightowers backup next season after he had a decent season.
|2010 - Beanie Wells||13||116||397||30.5||3.4||24||2||5||74||5.7||14.8||43||0|
So, who are your choices for the most improved and most disappointing players of the year?