NFL in Review: Five Major Distractions Since 2004


Published: April 4, 2009


... the media through their fantastic performance on the field, but they can easily destroy team chemistry off the field. 

The terrible thing is that they can easily do this with disregard for everyone around them, whether they be fans, teammates or coaches.

Here are five major NFL distractions; One from each of the past five years.


5. Ricky Williams (2004)

The early retirement of Ricky Williams really put the Dolphins into a downward spiral. He was the backbone of their offensive game. This forced the Fins to shy away from their "run first, pass last offense."

Not only did Williams "retire", he retired without warning, making the Dolphins adjust accordingly. However, they could not. The Fins went from 17th in total rushing yards in 2003 to 31st one year later.

When Williams played in games with the Fins since 2002, their record is 39-25. Without him, their record is 11-37.

Williams did more damage to th...

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