Since the dawn of free agency in the NFL, patterns and trends in the win-loss column have been less frequent; dynasties tend to be more of a rarity.
In a sense, the vices are wrapped in its virtue.
What's pleasing to a fan is equally as frustrating—the fortunes of a franchise in any given year are not necessarily indicative of how things will play out the next.
This list chronicles the more significant falls; the ones that ultimately weighed heavier in the grand scheme and big picture than a mere "off year" would have.
For instance, the disappointing 1992 Atlanta Falcons didn't make the cut. They were surprising Cinderella's in 1991, but their lackluster campaign the following year didn't generate much press, considering that they had been mediocre at best in previous years.
Conversely, these rankings are not based on shock value. Some of the clubs on this list were indeed expected to have slight drop offs—only to accelerate their slides into oblivion faster than anyone could have predicted.
So, in light of the inexplicably bad 2009 Tennessee Titans*, here's a rundown of the other teams that have gone down that path.
*-Then again, at the time of this writing, the Titans just reeled off their third consecutive victory in rather convincing fashion. In a few weeks, the context of this article might just be irrelevant. No doubt, a good problem for Tennessee and their fans to have.