7 NFL players and coaches in need of a Christmas vacation

Much like Clark Griswald in the holiday classic, Christmas Vacation, many NFL players and coaches are in need of a few relaxing days with the family (and that Christmas bonus!). Whether from a disappointing season or single-handedly carrying their team through the first 15 weeks, these players and coaches could use a little respite. And probably a large glass of egg nog.

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Luke Kuechly

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(Bob Leverone/Associated Press)

(Bob Leverone/Associated Press)

Isn’t there supposed to be some kind of a “rookie wall?” If so, no one told Luke Kuechly, who in his rookie season is second in the league with 138 total tackles. Given the Carolina Panthers propensity for letting opposing offenses run into the endzone willy-nilly, it’s as if the only person making tackles this season is Kuechly. He’s served notice to the NFC South this season that he’ll be a force for years to come, and his reward should be some rest. And an ice bath.

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Ken Whisenhunt

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(Paul Connors/Associated Press)

(Paul Connors/Associated Press)

Ah, what a season of peaks and valleys for the Whiz. Or rather, one peak and a valley as deep as the Mariana trench. The Arizona Cardinals have lost nine straight games, making them the first team in NFL history to start 4-0 and lose the next nine games. Seriously, is there anyone more deserving of a few days off than this guy? Then again, if his team continues their epic run at mediocrity, Whisenhunt may be facing a slightly longer vacation than previously planned for. The unemployed kind of vacation.

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Drew Brees

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(Bill Feig/Associated Press)

(Bill Feig/Associated Press)

No player this season has had to do more for his team, franchise, or city than Drew Brees. With Sean Payton suspended for the season, Brees had to assume more leadership than normal, and constantly try to bail out a defense with more holes than the plot of a Michael Bay film. It’s for these reasons that Brees leads the NFL in yards and touchdowns, and also why he deserves a Christmas vacation.

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Adrian Peterson

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(Tom Gannam/Associated Press)

(Tom Gannam/Associated Press)

Speaking of players carrying their teams, how about good old Adrian Peterson? You know, the guy who’s rushed for 1,313 yards over the past eight games – 220 more yards than his quarterback has thrown for over the same period. Peterson has his sites set on Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record, and a spot in the playoffs. Regardless of if the Minnesota Vikings make it or not, this guy deserves a vacation.

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Chris Johnson

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(Michael Conroy/Associated Press)

(Michael Conroy/Associated Press)

Runs for four yards in one game. Then 141 a few weeks later. Rushes for 24 yards in another game. And then 195 yards two weeks later. CJ2K has had a season of ups and downs, that’s for sure, and if it wasn’t clear this guy needed a vacation to get his life in order, he made it evidently clear when he showed up for an interview wearing his helmet. Joke or not, this guy needs a vacation… and maybe a new team.

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Tim Tebow

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(Stephen Brashear/Associated Press)

(Stephen Brashear/Associated Press)

Well, this one isn’t quite as deserved as everyone else on this list since Tim Tebow has practically been on vacation all season. A bench vacation, that is. Nevertheless, now that he allegedly has someone to cozy up to over the holidays, Tebow is likely anxious to get to that break. And now that the Jets have officially squandered their minuscule playoff hopes, Tebow has nothing standing in his way from a nice, long vacation.

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Every person in the Jacksonville Jaguars organization

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(Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press)

(Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press)

A team suffering from injuries, poor play, and a fiery new owner, the Jaguars really, really need the holidays to get here. Their QB situation is a mess, their best player isn’t happy with the franchise, and they’re tied for the worst record in the league. The lone bright spot would be second year wide receiver Cecil Shorts. After only having two catches in his rookie season, Shorts is now eyeing a 1,000-yard season. The Jaguars will continue playing out the season with their sites set on the #1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and if they somehow miss out on that, the wait for Christmas next year will be even longer.

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