His inconsistency irritated many, and his credit was given extremely sparingly when he did blow it up (and there are those who would say he never 'blew it up').
I think the kid was simply drafted too high to meet those expectations that come with top-ten, and if he had been snagged liked he was projected around mid-2 to early-3 we'd be sitting here singing his praises, because he has produced. I posted his numbers <in another thread> in his three years here against some of the WRs he is contemporary with. He compares favorably to most of them. The dichotomy is that some of those guys are generally viewed as decent-to-good players, and yet Ginn who out-produced most of them has been flagged as a complete bust.
This kid has been getting hammered for a couple of years now, and yet he never was anything but classy, despite an almost casual attitude the public had towards the whole 'Ginn family' thing.
When were they ever a problem or even an issue?
When did we see his name grace the police blotter?
The guy holds the Dolphin All-Time Rookie record for combined yardage in a season (2086) ahead of Wes Welker (1777). He has the fourth All-Time season team-record of all players, rookie and vet alike.
For a guy who didn't like contact, a 7.8 per-carry rush average is getting it done. 2 TDs in 16 attempts, one of them a 40-yd rush.
I do not recall ever hearing anything from Coaches that he was lazy at practice, or that he didn't have a good attitude. By most accounts I've read he worked hard.
He is simply a gifted return man/utility WR that an incompetent FO in the Camaronion year pulled the trigger on way too early for.
He is also the only player Miami has drafted in the last several years to show any signs of big-play flash other than Brown (and of course he was top-ten too so he likewise had to be).
He is a guy who will go out and catch you a few passes, and cause absolute apoplexy in your opponents' Special Teams coaches.
He has been pressured to be the 100-yd a game guy, and to his credit he produced a few even though he is not 'that' guy.
It didn't happen, but I applaud the effort that kid made here, and wish him well. I applaud it because he has not been given nearly the credit he has been due.
This guy was even flayed in the press and on sites just like this before a game against the Jets that he was being benched, not starting.
How do you think most NFL players would respond?
Would they tank it? Some would.
Would they pout? Some would.
How many would focus (put it all behind you and play ball) and go out there and achieve?
This kid did that, and is pi$$ed on as a waste of a draft pick.
The wrong pick was used on him, but that's not his fault. Heck, who wouldn't want to be drafted as high as possible? It's the difference between millions of dollars. I wish they would have drafted ME number one overall, and when I then in the ensuing year knocked Ryan Leaf out of the all-time Draft bust crown, I assure you I'd have no problem 'living with my shame'...From my recliner in my Media room...in my manse in Hawaii...drinking Kamikazes that my gloriously-mammaried housekeeper brings me.
This kid has been plucked by a staff that didn't know what it was doing, subjected to probably the second-worst attitude-affecting stimulus possible, a 1-win year of constant bungling losses.
Instead of folding or deteriorating in effort and demeanor he strove harder.
I wish him well. I think he'll end up having a decent NFL career of 6-7 years, not spectacular as a WR but awesome in the return game. I wish that he would do it here, but I understand the reasons he's not going to.
Thank you. I agree with you on pretty much everything you said. Ginn was a stand-up guy the whole time, worked hard and it's not his fault that the expectations were what they were for him. Sure, he frustrated me with his drops as well, but as for the lack of return tds, I need to remind everyone that until last year, our special teams squad was pretty shabby. How much blocking was he getting?
Ginn won't ever be a dominant player in the league. But he can contribute, and probably will do better in SF than he did with us because the pressure is less. I wish him well.