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Braylon Edwards Still Doesn’t Get It, Maybe Never Will

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Let’s start this off with a little fun with numbers, from 2008-present:

Player 1: 122 Catches, 1928 Yards, 11 TDs

Player 2: 135 Catches, 1776 Yards, 13 TDs

Player 3: 156 Catches, 2044 Yards, 8 TDs

Player 1 is Braylon Edwards, drafted #3 overall in 2005.

Player 2 is Kevin Walter, drafted #255 overall in 2003.

Player 3 is Raiders Tight End, Zach Miller.

These are just two examples. If you combine his last 2 seasons worth of statistics (spanning 23 games), Braylon has compiled 67 Catches, for 1055 Yards and 8 TDs.

Judging those numbers against players statistics solely from 2009, not including this season: he would rank 20th in yardage, 16th in touchdowns, and tied for 32nd in receptions.

Braylon has had one good year, albeit a monster year. In 2007, he had 80 catches for 1289 yards and 16 TDs. Aside from that, and taking away his rookie season where he got injured, his reception totals are 61, 55, 45, 22. He has only broken 900 yards in a season one time, and only had more than 4 touchdowns in a season twice. This doesn’t even take into account his, well, shaky hands. Since 2007, he has nearly 40 drops, and a drop percentage of over 17%. That is far and away the highest percentage of anyone in recent history (h/t to Elias Sports Bureau for the stats). Yet despite all of this, he seems to believe that he is a superstar who has a mandate to decree to the world how things are, and how they should be.

The need to show these comparisons is based on Edwards’ comments yesterday about his quarterback Mark Sanchez.  I am not a big believer in Mark Sanchez as a franchise quarterback, but the fact remains, the quarterback, in almost every instance is the leader of an offense.  For someone that, based on his draft position, can be considered somewhat of a bust to call anybody out, other than himself, is absurd. This is nothing new with Braylon though.

Braylon comments were that Sanchez hasn’t earned the right to “call out” teammates after mistakes. That Sanchez would be out of line if he were to say things like: “You have to catch that for me,” or “I need you, you can’t be doing stuff like that.” To me, that’s called leadership and developing the necessary bond to win as a team.  To Braylon, it’s some misaligned pecking order in which he places himself on the top. He went on to say that: “This is a look in the mirror league. I have to look in the mirror and make sure I’m doing the right thing all the time before I have the nerve to say anything to anyone else.”

I guess Braylon’s must have misplaced his mirror. Whether he is dropping passes on the field, or making headlines for doing the wrong thing off the field, that doesn’t stop him from having a lot to say about the mistakes of others. Here are some highlights from Edwards’ off the field issues. In 2008, he was pulled over for driving 120 in a 65 mph zone. Last year, he was drinking with Donte Stallworth at 2AM on the night that Donte accidentally struck and killed a man with is car. He followed that up later in the year by assaulting a party promoter outside of a nightclub at 2:30 AM on a Sunday night after a game, a loss in which he had 0 catches for 0 yards and 2 drops. Still showing that he hasn’t learned, Edwards was arrested for DWI on September 21st of this year after registering twice the legal limit on a breathalyzer.

At the time of the arrest, he was very nonchalant, and according to police on the scene, asked them why they pulled him over and if he could just get into a cab and leave.  These are just more signs that he doesn’t get it.  Why Braylon has such a big chip on his shoulder may be something only he knows.  He didn’t have a troubled upbringing. He followed in his dad’s footsteps in getting a scholarship to Michigan. He starred in college, breaking many records along the way, which ultimately led to him getting drafted #3 overall in the first round.

He fit in well in Cleveland, even if he didn’t want to admit it.  He did a lot of good things in the community, and showed flashes of brilliance. Unfortunately, he just couldn’t get past himself, and worked his way out of town, burning bridges the entire way. His shots at the team that made him a rich man continued all the way to his new home in New York. His mother even got in on the action, saying: “He came from a team that was always looking for a savior to a team that knows how to win. No one would understand what he’s been through unless you’ve been drowning.” I personally enjoy watching the Jets and Rex Ryan, but they aren’t exactly a shining example of winning tradition. Their franchise record for wins in a season is 12, and they have only won 10 games or more 4 times in the past 24 years with a 168-205 record in that time frame.

The only things that stay the same are that he hasn’t lived up to his potential, and nothing is his fault. In Cleveland, he blamed his drops on his teammates, said the fans didn’t like him because he went to Michigan, and that he drove an expensive car and wore nice suits. In New York it’s because he’s not getting enough balls, or that he is thinking too much.

Alexander Pope regarded an excuse as a guarded lie. Here’s to hoping that Braylon can start being honest with himself, and live up to his talents, because the only thing sadder than a man wasting his talents, is a man who blames everyone else for his own failures.

Discussion

2 Responses to “Braylon Edwards Still Doesn’t Get It, Maybe Never Will”

  1. Hard to argue any of those side points….but fact remains he was a PIMP in college, and got better each year under “Lloyd Carr’s University of Michigan”.

    As a Pro Receiver, his monster year shows his potential, but somthing he’ll never live up to again.

    In all fairness, however, his QB is now Mark Sanchez, and he’s contending with Santonio Holmes, Jerico “Mr. Reliable” Cotchery, Dustin Keller and the LT/SG combo. That offense is the Colts/Texans/Saints offense, so his job is to catch 3-6 balls a game, and provide a deep threat to stretch the field, even if it’s only by Rep.

    That said, he could have been so much better for Cleveland than he was. QB play was shaky, and it was only when DA was playing outta his mind did B show anything.

    Posted by Bobby Digital | November 7, 2010, 9:46 am
  2. Very good points, as we see how DA was negatively affecting Larry Fitzgerald this year. It’s tough to get a good flow going with as many quarterbacks as he has had to deal with. But like you mentioned, his potential is sky-high, and to see him act like he is living up to it, when he is nowhere close, is a head-shaker.

    Posted by Jason Marlo | November 7, 2010, 11:43 am

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