At a time when everyone seems to be filling up lockout time with various lists of bests, it’s a little refreshing to come across something totally different.
DelhommeBill Barnwell has a look at the 25 least valuable players in the NFL. There are only two current NFC South representatives and we’ll come back to those in a moment. That’s because we’ve got to start with the top two guys on the list.
Both are NFC South outcasts. At No. 1 is Cleveland quarterback Jake Delhomme, who spent most of his career with Carolina and was with New Orleans before that. At No. 2 is San Francisco safety Sabby Piscitelli.
Sad to say, I can’t put up an argument for either of those guys not to be in those spots. Delhomme is one of the most genuine and gregarious human beings I’ve ever covered. For a time in Carolina, he was a pretty good quarterback. But sometime before he left the Panthers, Delhomme started taking throwing lessons from Chuck Knoblauch and Steve Sax and he hasn’t stopped throwing interceptions.
Piscitelli? Well, there’s really not a lot to say. People in Tampa Bay once expected him to be the second coming of John Lynch. I’m pretty sure you could go pull Lynch out of the broadcast booth right now, throw a uniform on him and he’d still be way better than Piscitelli.
The two current NFC South players on the list are Tampa Bay offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood (No. 9) and Carolina quarterback Jimmy Clausen (No. 13). I’m not saying Clausen will ever be great, but I think it’s unfair to judge him on last season when he was playing for John Fox. Trueblood? Well, he’s fair game. He lost his starting job last season to James Lee.