I have a 25 mile commute each way to work everyday. This allows me to do some thinking, and occasionally those thoughts get a little . . . random. On one recent drive in, it suddenly occurred to me that NFL rookies are a lot like my most recent family Christmas. Allow me to explain!
My mother is a very good and creative cook. She is also very into healthy eating. This meant that I grew up eating things that most of my friends had no idea what they were. I grew up eating things like tofu lasagna, kale wraps, cauliflower “mac and cheese” and many other health foods long before they were common place. This has continued through the years, so when my mother offered to bring dessert for Christmas this year, one of my sisters very quickly volunteered to bring dessert as well. When we showed up for Christmas, my sister arrived with a good old-fashioned cherry cheesecake. It wasn’t flashy, but it was tasty. My mother very proudly went into the fridge and brought out a very nice looking layered pie. She then proudly announced that it was a chocolate and peanut butter pie. She also said it was a gluten-free crust and the entire thing was sugar free.
By now, you are probably waiting for me to get to the point! It occurred to me on my drive that NFL rookies are kind of like these two desserts. Some of them look really good on the surface. They have some of the ingredients that we want, but then as soon as we start to dig into them we realize something isn’t quite right, like my mother’s pie. Then there are others that look good, though sometimes not quite as good as the others, but once you give them a little try and devote a bit of time, they turn out to be better than expected.
In this article, I’m going to take a look at four rookies who under-performed and disappointed this past year. I’ll talk about the reasons their rookie year didn’t go well, any signs of hope that we saw, and then declare them as either a cherry cheesecake (a player who has everything they need to be successful and could bounce back) or as a peanut butter and chocolate pie (looked great but lacks the substance to be successful). Let’s get on with the show!