This game pretty much speaks for itself. I’m not sure what other kind of result you could expect, but when the reigning Super Bowl Champs line up across from one of the worst teams in football history, a 26 point loss almost feels like a win. The stickers for this one are about as weak as they come:
Bronze Star: Braden Mann (5 punts, 45.4 average, 60 long, 1 tackle)
Mann has been subpar this season overall, but his punt coverage unit isn’t doing him any favors. He’s not doing them any favors either, with long punts with minimal hangtime combining with a weak punt coverage unit to allow long returns regularly. He did a bit better in this game, but also made a nice tackle to put an end to one such return. I love a good punter tackle, so I guess he gets a sticker.
Silver Star: John Franklin-Myers (3 tackles, 1 TFL)
Similar to Quinnen Williams, JFM didn’t do much outside of one impressive play in which he completely blew up the Chiefs’ plan. It would be his only solo tackle, but it was impressive enough that he gets a sticker. How low we’ve sunk.
Gold Star: Quinnen Williams (3 tackles, 1 TFL)
In a normal year, I’d be very happy to see Quinnen Williams stacking up gold stars. This year, it’s mostly due to a total lack of competition. His TFL was impressive, but 3 tackles and one QB hit is hardly Pro Bowl production. It’s a revelation by comparison to the rest of the team, but it’s barely average production for a normal team. At least his sophomore season has been an improvement.
So there you have it, eight weeks in and the table stands:
Quinnen Williams 9 points (2 gold)
Jamison Crowder 8 points (2 gold, 1 silver)
Marcus Maye 6 points (2 gold)
No One 6 points (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
John Franklin-Myers 4 points (2 silver)
Mekhi Becton 3 points (1 silver, 1 bronze)
Sam Ficken 3 points (1 silver, 1 bronze)
Neville Hewitt 3 points (1 silver, 1 bronze)
Brian Poole 2 points (1 silver)
Avery Williamson 1 point (1 bronze)
Bless Austin 1 point (1 bronze)
Frank Gore 1 point (1 bronze)
Branden Mann 1 point (1 bronze)