Taking a break from my ongoing series on the draft, I am going to take a look at a player already on the roster. Every offseason different media outlets compile their lists for every conceivable football related category. Rant Sports recently did one titled: 10 Players Facing the Most Pressure to Succeed For 2012 NFL Season. I am going to give my 2 cents on their findings.
As we all know, in most cases, whenever it is a negative story, at least one member of the Cowboys makes the list, despite the fact that in most of the positive stories, the Cowboys take a back seat. This time it was Miles Austin coming in at #7. Mark Sanchez- New York Jets was #1, Kevin Kolb-ArizonaCardinals at #2,Carson Palmer- Oakland Raiders at #5, Blaine Gabbert-Jacksonville Jaguars at #8 and Alex Smith- San Francisco 49ers at #10. As expected, there were more QB’s than any other position on the list. (Amazing they didn’t find a spot for Romo). Below you can see what Dan Parzych of Rant Sports had to say.
“7. Miles Austin–Dallas Cowboys: Despite appearing in 10 games, 2011 was a year to forget for Miles Austin as the Dallas Cowboys wideout was bothered by a nagging hamstring injury for most of the season. For a player in his situation, 43 catches for 579 yards and seven touchdowns is decent Miles, but the Cowboys need more production out of him if they have any shot at returning to the playoffs in 2012.
When healthy, Austin’s blazing speed makes him one of the most difficult wideouts to contain in the NFL as he proved from 2009-10 when he caught 150 passes for 2,361 yards and 18 touchdowns. There were plenty of questions surrounding whether or not Dallas jumped the gun by rewarding Austin with a hefty six-year, $54 million extension after just one breakout season in 2009 and the last thing Jerry Jones needs is to be overpaying a wide receiver that ended up being a two-year wonder.” (courtesy of Rant Sports).
In most cases, when someone in the media starts unfairly maligning one of my favorite players, I tend to get a little heated. Especially when I see a list and a clearly much better Cowboys player comes in behind an average at best player from another team, or is on a negative list. However, this time I agree. Let me explain why. The top 5 WRs in the NFL for the 2011 season were:
- 1. Calvin Johnson
- 2. Wes Welker
- 3. Victor Cruz
- 4. Larry Fitzgerald
- 5. Steve Smith
Miles Austin came in at 78th with a measly 579 yards. Not only is this unacceptable because he is earning $9 million a year, but he is supposed to be the Cowboys #1 WR. People will say, well he was injured. That’s true, but, he did play in 10 games, right? So the question becomes: Is 57.9 yards a game acceptable for a #1 WR in the NFL? (I had enough faith in Miles Austin to take him as my 1st WR in fantasy football last year). OUCH!. The answer has to be nothing other than no. Let me explain why.
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