Again, BB i'm not going to judge Duckett solely on a 5-game stretch. His stats in those games were terrible. I can't say otherwise. That to me is not the real Duckett. It was his worst 5-game skid of his career, never before in his career did he play so poorly over such a long period of time. But at the same time, I don't judge a player solely on what they do over a month or so. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I saw the month of November, about a 5-game stretch for Vick alst year as the best of his career. But should my view be limited to that month alone? No. Despite Vick having a 100 passer rating in the month of November last year, the team was 2-2. Does that mean that Vick is capable of putting up Pro Bowl passing numbers, but the team will be limited to a .500 record? No, in November we saw the very best of Michael Vick, IMO, and rather than that becoming the "norm" it now becomes the goal. The goal that if he can play at that level for 10-12 games a season, the Falcons will be unstoppable. For Duckett, we saw the very worst of his play. No, the norm for Duckett is being a back that averages 4 yards a carry and practically is unstoppable in goalline/short-yardage situations.
One of the things I've tried to maintain since January when evaluating our roster is not to put too much emphasis on how players performed in 2005. To me, almost every player on our team had their worst season or had more bad games than good ones, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Besides Dunn, hardly anybody else on the roster was consistently above average or good. Even Crump, I believe dropped more passes in both number and % than any other Falcon receiver over the 2nd half of the season. I believe he had like 5 drops in 8 games, while the next "worst" may have had 1 or 2. Kerney had one of his worst years of his career. Hartwell was a non-factor in all but 1 game. Forney took a step back. I could name more names, but I don't think I have to. I'm a bit more willing to give a guy the benefit of the doubt if the performance we saw in 2005 was the worst we've seen from that guy over recent years.
Sure, I won't argue that Duckett has not lived up the status of being the 18th overall pick. But as you said John, he is a square peg in a round hole here in Atlanta. Had Randy Moss been drafted by the Titans in 1998, would have had gone on to have the success he's had in the NFL? Absolutely not. Considering the Titans were purely a 2-TE run the ball 30 times a game team, Moss wouldn't have been able to shine so early as an unstoppable deep threat, rather being forced to block more than catch. Would Moss had still been a threat in Tennessee? I'm sure he would have, but he probably would not have turned into the future HOF receiver that he is today. And that's the difference between a player like Moss and a player like Duckett. Moss would have been able to overcome somewhat. Duckett has not. Great players can overcome poor circumstance. Duckett's career clearly shows he is not a great player. It's a shame, but there's no sense in getting huffy puffy about it (not accusing you of doing that). I'm not going to lambast a guy for not living up to greatness.