And you thought Vernon Gholston was the biggest DE/LB hybrid first round flop in Saturday’s Jets-Colts playoff game.
Sure Gholston, the No. 6 pick in 2008, was inactive. But that’s an epic upgrade from the contributions of Colts DE Jerry Hughes.
According to Colts president Bill Polian, Hughes, the 31st pick in last year’s draft, is to blame for Saturday’s disappointment. That’s right. Jerry Hughes. Not Jim Caldwell, who seemingly will survive his second Chris Webber moment.
On his radio show, Polian didn’t vilify Hughes by name rather just eluded to him. Polian blamed kickoff coverage for the loss, saying there wasn’t enough effort and that one player in particular wasn’t in the right lane on Antonio Cromartie’s late kickoff return which setup the Jets game-winning FG.
ESPN.com blogger Paul Kuharsky fingered Hughes as the culprit.
Now this isn’t the first time Polian has taken a dig at Hughes on his radio show. Earlier in the season, he admitted he should have drafted Indiana offensive tackle Rodger Saffold instead of Hughes (Saffold kept Sam Bradford clean all year and was a revelation).
If only we could blame the guy who drafted Hughes. Wait a minute…