This isn’t fair and I know it. My goal is not to do Walter McFadden like folks in Idaho are doing Kyle Brotzman right about now. I’m just stating my belief that Jeremy Ware was unfairly deactivated at the wrong time.
No, McFadden’s poor play on Sunday was not the only reason why the Raiders got demolished by the Dolphins. A non-existent running game, terrible quarterback play and Michael Huff taking worse angles than a NASCAR driver having a stroke mid-race shared as much of the blame.
Chad Henne knew Nnamdi Asomugha was going to be limping around the field Sunday. So he first went after the injured All-Pro. Once Aso took a seat, it was open season on McFadden as Davone Bess and company picked on the rookie from Auburn.
Now, by no means am I making the argument that Ware would have locked down the Dolphins. Given the way Ware played the previous week in Pittsburgh it came as little surprise that Cable would deactivate the rookie corner.
But being that Nnamdi was on one skate and Chris Johnson was out, it would seem a little more logical to go with the rookie with more game experience.
Ware is a hard hitter that has had some brief moments of brilliance. Off hand, I can’t recall McFadden doing much to turn heads at any point in his first year in the NFL.
Yes, this is about as myopic as it gets but at this point in the season with all the injuries it’s the minor decisions that become major factors.
Again, I fully realize that this is a contest to determine the tallest midget as Ware might have only fared slightly better than McFadden. However, it seems to me that Ware had done more to merit a chance at showing what he can do with extended time on the field.