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11/28/2007 01:44:00 PM
Five Worst NFL Teams
Will Cam Cameron make history in his first season as a head coach?
By Arash Markazi, SI.com
Watching the Miami Dolphins slip and slide to a 0-11 record on Monday night, finding new and exciting ways to lose -- they've lost six games by three points including this week's stellar 3-0 loss to the Steelers -- it finally hit us that we could be watching history. There's a good chance that the Dolphins could be the first NFL team in more than 30 years to go winless. In our book, it's an accomplishment almost as hard as going undefeated. Hey, if it was easy don't you think someone would have done it over the past three decades?
Before we anoint the Dolphins as the worst team ever lets review our five worst teams in NFL history.
1. 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-14): They are the benchmark of ineptitude for any mediocre team with aspirations of going winless. The last team to play an entire NFL season without a win was the expansion Bucs, who averaged fewer than nine points per game with a quarterback (Steve Spurrier) who threw only seven touchdowns all season. They get extra credit for losing the first 12 games of the 1977 season.
2. 1980 New Orleans Saints (1-15): Who could forgive the "Aints," with fans coming to games with paper bags over their heads after the teams started the season 0-14. The only thing sadder than watching Archie Manning waste away in the Superdome was that their leading rusher, Jimmy Rogers, ran for 366 all season.
3. 2001 Carolina Panthers (1-15): The most deceiving bad team in league history. The Panthers started the season with a 24-13 win over the Vikings and then proceeded to lose an NFL record 15 straight games. The offense scored seven or fewer points in five games. Not surprisingly, George Seifert was fired as the team's coach less than 24 hours after the season finale.
4. 1991 Indianapolis Colts (1-15): If the Colts hadn't snuck out a one-point win against the Jets in Week 11, they'd be at the top of this list. They set league record for fewest points (143), touchdowns (14) and had one of the worst defenses, giving up 381 points. Things got so bad that Eric Dickerson said that he wouldn't even pay to watch the team play if he were a fan.
5. 1990 New England Patriots: Yes, there was a time when the Pats weren't beating everyone by 35 points. Not too long ago they were actually on the other end of the beatings. New England had the worst offense and the second worst defense in the league in 1990 and went winless at home. After a 2-point win against the Colts in Week 2 they lost the last 14 games of the season. They would lose their first nine games the following season, going 2-14 and proving that their mediocrity was no fluke.
Did we miss anyway? What are some of the worst teams you've ever seen?
2000 San Diego Chargers! 1-15. They'd top this list if not for their one win, by one point at home over KC in week 12. It happened only because (1) KC was QB'ed by 8,000-year old Warren Moon and (2) KC FB Tony Richardson spiked the ball after being stopped just short of the goal line and was given a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. KC was forced to kick a FG instead.
The 2000 Chargers did not play one game all year without committing at least two turnovers.
26th overall total offense 29th overall total defense 31st in turnover margin Stud QB Ryan Leaf finished with a 56.2 rating Leading rusher had 384 yards. Ungood in the extreme.
Last years Raiders were brutally bad. Their defense is the only thing that even kept games semi-interesting, because other than that, the game consisted of watching Andrew Walter take sack after agonizing sack.
As a lifetime Jets fan, I feel they deserve a lifetime honorable mention: a) They were the only team to lose to the 'Aints in their 1-15 year. b) They were the only team to lose to the Dolts in their 1-15 year. c) They had their own 1-15 year. d) ...Which followed a 3-13 year for a sparkling 4-28 2-year record.
I know it was a strike shortened season, but the 1982 Baltimore Colts have to be in this thing. The '82 Colts finished the short season winless at 0-8-1, ranked 28th out of 28 teams in points scored (113) and 26th in points allowed (236). Frank Kush, where have you gone?...
First, anyone who thinks any college team could compete in the NFL or against the leagues worst teams on a continual basis needs to step away from the land of make-believe and realize that having six potential first-rounders doesn't make an NFL squad. Second, can we get some love for the Rich Kotite-led Jets? They were better than a bye week
Noone could possibly top the 76 Tampa team. I remember them well and it was comical to watch. I still remember the comment by their coach at the time when asked "what do you think about the exicution of your offence ?" His reply.. " I'm all for it !"
1978 49ers. Love the team but this was their worst, even by the '07 standard. They were 2-14, it was OJ's last year, they beat the Bucs 6-3 and the next year they hired Bill Walsh. The rest is history!
"Heck, put the Dolphins in the NFC and they might be a .500 team..."
Really? The fins are 0-4 against NFC teams this year genius. Also, the AF East is arguably the weakest division in all in the entire NFL. Besides the Pats, no team in the division has a winning record.
Though their record isn't as bad as these guys, I gotta say the '05 and '06 Falcons. It takes sheer talent go go 6-2 in the first half of 2005 and end your season 7-9 (that's 1-7 second half of the season). Then again the next year, in 2006, you start your season 5-3 and go 2-6 in the second half of the season.
I'd much rather my team go 1-15 and just outright KNOW they suck, rather than this! That way us fans know "hey, they suck, we can hold out hopes for the #1 draft pick next year!"
By going 6-2 and 5-3 in the first half a season, you're a fan tease. Don't give us false hope, Atlanta. You're doing good this year - your abysmmal record is so low I don't even pay attention enough anymore.
I can sit back, drink a brewski, and rest with that warm feeling settling down over me that there's always next year. After week 2 or 3, it becomes a rather nice glow of hope for the year after...
A correction needs to be made. The 1990 Patriots went 6-10 the following season. The 2-14 season was in 1992. My vote goes for any of my beloved redskin teams coached by Steve Spurrier. Those were some teams that could drive one to drink.