NFL teams can’t all be winners. There’s a good reason why we see the same teams in the playoffs year after year. Some NFL teams have bad luck (Jacksonville), others just don’t know what they’re doing (one of them plays in New York.)
Today we recognize those poor, unfortunate souls by ranking the five most dysfunctional teams in the league.
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The five most dysfunctional NFL teams
5. Cleveland Browns
It is hard to point to just one area of dysfunction where the Browns are concerned. The “Mistake By The Lake”, has a pretty rich history from which to find examples. But it wasn’t always that way. They have gone from hard luck, to bad luck, and finally segued to abject dysfunction.
Will 2016 bring another dose of bad karma?
Well, if abysmal luck at quarterback is any indicator, what happens with RGIII calling signals for the Browns becomes a huge unknown. If you are a Clevelander, you can only hope the act he deployed in DC isn’t replicated for his new team.
Hope history doesn’t repeat itself on the banks of the Cuyahoga.
4. Los Angeles Rams
For Rams fans, a change of zip code is somewhat bittersweet. Fans in St. Louis have some heartbreak and a little resentment, while L.A. fans are experiencing just the opposite.
Unfortunately for both, Jeff Fisher will likely cause the same heartburn, whether you’re a fan from Missouri or Southern California.
As for hope, unless Fisher delivers a spirited and positive.500 record or better, he’ll be beachside January 2, 2017. Don’t expect Stan Kroenke to be willing to sustain another, “better luck next year” in Los Angeles.
For a coach whose constant companion is mediocrity, Hollywood will not be kind.
3. New York Jets
Bottom line: quarterbacks matter.
Unfortunately for Jets fans, their choices at QB1 are not good.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is Ryan Fitzpatrick. The same goes for Geno Smith. After that, fortunes turn from bad to outright bleak with Christian Hackenburg and Bryce Petty. Frankly, Jets fans deserve better, especially after being led to the brink of ‘better than this’, when head coach Rex Ryan prowled the sidelines in the Meadowlands.
Bad moves aplenty will likely keep the Jets grounded for some time to come.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers have an overall record of 247–395–1, with a regular-season record of 241–386–1 and a playoff record of 6–9.
Though briefly a winner here and there, including a Super Bowl win, Tampa has slid into some pretty abysmal play these last several years. Short of a brief winning season in 2010, the post Jon Gruden years have been unkind for the Bucs.
A revolving door at head coach hasn’t helped. In 2008 when they fired Gruden, a succession of coaches have seen time in Tampa. From Raheem Morris to Greg Schiano, Lovie Smith to now, Dirk Koetter.
In Tampa, dysfunction is as dysfunction does.
1. San Francisco 49ers
It wasn’t always like this in San Francisco. As a matter of fact, as recently as 2011, the 49’ers looked to be a team on the rise with the hire of Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh, who built Stanford into a national power, immediately turned a bad deal in San Francisco into a team that nearly won the Super Bowl in 2012.
After the loss to Baltimore in the championship game, the relationship between Harbaugh, his team, and ownership quickly deteriorated and he was replaced by Jim Tonsula in 2015.
NFL football in San Francisco has never been the same. Add to the mix a diminished Colin Kaepernick, another new head coach in Chip Kelly, and it’s a dumpster fire waiting to happen.