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Monday, December 5, 2011

History in the making...

There are four games left in the NFL season and there are four more chances for the Colts to get a win. There is no doubt that this year's team is one of the worst teams in NFL history, but if they can get a win then they won't be labeled as the absolute worst.

The question is where will the 2011 Colts rank on the list of the worst teams in the NFL. If they win just one then they are taken out of contention for the number one spot on the list of the NFL's Worst Teams of all Time. Maybe even out of the top two.

Here are some of the worst teams in NFL history:
  • 2001 Panthers (1-15)
  • 1996 Jets (1-15)
  • 2000 Chargers (1-15)
  • 1989 Cowboys (1-15)
  • 1980 Saints (1-15)
  • 2009 Rams (1-15)
  • 1991 Colts (1-15)
  • 1990 Patriots (1-15)
  • 1968 Eagles (2-12)
  • 1960 Cowboys (0-11-1)
  • All 1990's Bengals (9-7, 3-13, 5-11, 3-13, 3-13, 7-9, 8-8, 7-9, 3-13, 4-12)*
  • 1972-73 Oilers (1-13, 1-13) 
  • 1999 Browns (2-14)
  • 2007 Dolphins (1-15)
  • 1976 Buccaneers (0-14)
  • 2008 Lions (0-16)

(*) The NFL Network sought to include every team from the 1990's Bengals in its top ten worst teams of all time list. As you can see they only boasted a winning season once between '90 and '99. 

With four games left to go I wonder if the Colts can avoid making this list. With Baltimore, Houston, Tennessee, and Jacksonville left for them to play the chances are high that they might get one win. Maybe, call me an optimist if you want, they can get two wins. If the Colts and Dan Orlovsky play like they played against the Patriots then just maybe they could get three wins. I don't know how much hope I have in that scenario, though. Just get one because I really don't want the Colts to be ranked as the worst team of all time. 


  1. My nominations for the lifetime achievement awards for this category are:

    1983-1996 Tampa Bay Bucs - They did not have a .500 season during this span and also had 3 2-14 seasons in 4 years

    1967-1986 New Orleans Saints - No winning seasons during this span and (11) seasons with 4 wins or less and 6 of those were 3 wins or less.

  2. Also, I'd like to add a special note about the 1976-77 Tampa Bay Bucs. They went 0-14 in 76 and then lost their first 12 of 77. In that 26 game losing streak, they were shut out (zero -nada - nil - zilch)11 times, yes shut out in 11 of 26 games. Awesome!

    And who was their first win against? Of course the almost equally hapless New Orleans Saints.

  3. I don't think Jim Mora gets enough credit for making the Saints into winners. Most people hear his name and they just think "Playoffs!?"

  4. As I was digging into the 76 and 77 Bucs, I found out they sucked a lot worse than I thought. Here is what they had done before they beat the saints in week 13:

    *In their previous 6 games, they had scored a total of 17 points and had been shut out in four of those games.

    *They were shut out 6 times but in 4 other games, they only scored once. So they had 10 games with only 4 scores, 2 field goals 2 touchdowns.

    *In weeks 1-13 they scored a total of 53 points (4 points per game!). In weeks 13 and 14 they scored 50 to bring their sorry total for the season to 103 (or 7 points per game!)

    I think this (2-12) 77 team was worse than the (0-14) 76 team.

    Look up "steaming pile of dog shit" in the dictionary and there will be a picture of the 77 Bucs.