Tell These Guys to Just Shut Up and Play!

You know the players, you see their faces week in and week out, yelling and screaming and complaining about something. Year in and year out in the National Football League, a select few players always seem to have a gripe about something, and this season has been no different. With that, its time to take a quick glance and some of the loudmouths of the league once again and some of the more interesting gripes this year around the league:

Chad Johnson – Chad has been on fire as of late, but it seems like his success has only come after the entire “Ocho Cinco” fiasco has been put behind him and the team. Johnson was insane to think that he would ever get away with coming out for a game with his new “name” on his back with a makeshift nameplate. Sometimes you get a sense that once CJ puts all the talking and showboating behind him, he could be one of the best wide outs ever.

Michael Vick – I know I get tired of hearing about how much talent Michael Vick has, and when he finally gets that talent to the surface, watch out! Uh, Michael, you’ve been in the league six years, five plus as a starter, and you still are waiting for your talent to surface? Sunday’s post game finger flip meltdown just shows that this guy really needs to get out of Atlanta. The last four games his QB rating is 54, and his team has lost five straight. Earlier this year he stated on Inside the NFL he’d like just one day with the Colts offense. How bout one day next season with say – the Raiders offense?

Tiki Barber – Up until the playoff loss to Carolina last year, Barber was widely known as one of the classiest players in the league. Since then his mouth has gotten him in quite a big hot water. Two instances of calling out the coaching staff, and then taking the platform to announce earlier in the year that he “likely won’t play next year,” has caused quite a few headlines in the biggest media market in the world. Then he uses his weekly one hour radio show to rip those former players now on TV that slammed him for making the whole retirement announcement when he did. Time for Tiki to keep his trap shut.

Jeremy Shocky – Yes, New York is so big, you can have two big mouths on the same team. For all the hype that Shockey gets, his mouth is almost always bigger than his numbers. He has yet to have a 100-yard day receiving this year, and has five games with three or less catches. Of course that didn’t stop him from blabbering after the Monday night loss to Jacksonville last week that the Giants can’t be beat if they “play their game” and that there is “no way in He**” that the Cowboys can beat the Giants. We’ll see if those words hold true this week when Dallas comes calling on the struggling Giants.

Terrell Owens – Give T.O. credit, as his mouth has gotten quieter and quieter since Tony Romo has been in the lineup and the Cowboys are in first in the NFC East. Earlier in the year, you couldn’t go a day without there being some drama from the Owens camp. From the hamstring injury, to the children’s book, to the pain med overdose, I think its safe to say we’ve all had our fill of T.O. for one season.

Braylon Edwards – The 2nd year Browns wide out has made lots of negative headlines the last two weeks with his tirade about a hit that teammate Brian Russell had on Chad Johnson in week two, then Sunday he got into it on the sideline with QB Charlie Frye. Edwards has shown plenty of flashes of talent, but is well on his way to having his off the field comments overshadow his on the field talent. People around him had better sit him down and shut him up – before its too late.


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