The NFL is a fast paced environment. No teams stay on top very long. If the front office is not keeping up with the rest of the league, a great team can fall off very quickly within the course of one offseason. We love to remember the worst to first teams. Last year’s Kansas City Chiefs were a great feel good story. However, there are a lot of teams that faced the exact opposite experience.
The only thing worse than a losing season, is a losing season when the pre-season expectations were extremely high. It is an embarrassment to the organization. Football fans have an undying love for their teams, but they expect the best. When the season starts to go downhill, the fans react accordingly. Attendance quickly goes down and the sound of cheers can turn to boos instantly.
Recently we did and article on the top ten biggest single season turnarounds. It might have left you wondering about the worst. To answer this question we have decided to list the NFL’s worst single season turnarounds. Many of these teams actually made it to the Super Bowl, only to finish in the bottom half of the NFL the very next year. Hopefully this does not bring back any bad memories…
10 2002 Chicago Bears (13-3 to 4-12)
9 1999 San Francisco 49ers (12-4 to 4-12)
8 2013 Houston Texans (12-4 to 2-14)
7 1994 Houston Oilers (12-4 to 4-12)
6 2013 Atlanta Falcons (13-3 to 4-12)
5 2006 Philadelphia Eagles (10-6 to 6-10)
4 1990 Denver Broncos (11-5 to 5-11)
3 2003 Oakland Raiders (11-5 to 4-12)
2 1999 Atlanta Falcons (14-2 to 5-11)
1 1968 Green Bay Packers (9-4-1 to 6-7-1)
We typically forget about this team when we talk about the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s. In 1967, the Packers went 9-4-1. The team won the NFL’s first two Super Bowls. At the end of the 1967 season, Vince Lombardi announced he was going to retire from his position as head coach. Phil Bengtson would take his place as the head coach of the Packers. In 1968, the Packers went 6-7-1. It was their first losing season since 1958, the year before Lombardi arrived.
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