NFL Midseason All-Underachiever Team- Defense
Since we are the halfway point in the NFL season, several media outlets are releasing their midseason all-pro, all-underrated, all-rookie teams, etc. If we did one of those it simply might get caught up in the crowd. To stand out, we are going to release our Defensive Midseason All-Underachiever team.
DE- Elvis Dumervil, Denver- Despite coming off a major injury, Dumervil was supposed to dominate this season as he has help with rookie Von Miller playing opposite him. Elvis hasn’t been as explosive and has just 11 tackles and 1.5 sacks in eight games.
DE- Tyson Jackson, Kansas City- It was a surprise to many when the Chiefs made Jackson the third-overall pick a few seasons ago and it looks like a their “smarter than the room” philosophy has backfired. There’s still time for Jackson to become an impact player, but it doesn’t look like it will happen.
DT- Albert Haynesworth, Free Agent- Haynesworth was bought by the Patriots for a song and it looks like they got fleeced. Albert’s motivational issues were obvious in Washington after being paid a record contract he performed minimally. Life was supposed to be easier for Haynesworth being lined up next to the great Vince Wilfork, but Albert proved that he couldn’t play and New England released him earlier this week.
DT- Jay Ratliff, Dallas- The three-time Pro Bowler signed a $40 million contract extension in the offseason, and his play has gone in neutral. Ratliff isn’t the disruptive force he was over the past few seasons and the former stud has just one sack on the season.
LB- Clint Session, Jacksonville- As improved as the Jaguars defense is in 2011 it hasn’t really been due to the play of Clint Session. Session has played roughly ⅓ of the snaps and is yet to make any impact plays.
LB- Bradie James, Dallas- The Cowboys linebacker simply hasn’t been the big play guy he was in the past. Perhaps it’s a product of Jay Ratliff’s disappointing play, but James hasn’t been very good.
LB- Jerrod Mayo, New England- After earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors a season ago, Mayo has been mediocre in 2011. Mayo is battling a knee injury and nobody on the Patriots defense has been performing.
CB- Nnamdi Asomugha, Philadelphia- The biggest prize of free agency simply hasn’t played well in Philadelphia. With Oakland, Asomugha played more press coverage and he doesn’t play as well in space in the zone defense which Philly mostly employs.
CB- Dunta Robinson, Atlanta- Although Robinson was an upgrade when Atlanta signed him, he hasn’t quite lived up to the money and expectations associated with the money. Robinson was supposed to be a star, and he’s simply average.
S- Antoine Bethea, Indianapolis- Bethea has grown into one of the best safeties in football, but his play has dropped significantly this season. The roster turnover in the Colts secondary has something to do with it but Bethea hasn’t made as many big plays despite leading the NFL in tackles at his position.
S- Michael Griffin, Tennessee- Griffin’s level of play has dropped since making the Pro Bowl in 2010, and has given up big plays consistently.
To check out the Offensive Midseason All-Underachiever team, click here.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlieNFL Midseason All-Underachiever Team- Defense by Sports Talk Florida