The Five Saddest Teams In the NFL
It sometimes seems that certain teams in the NFL need to be put out of their misery like Old Yeller.
Their fanbase is disappointed, the players seem disinterested in playing at their highest levels, and no one even remembers what a winning season feels like.
Ahead of you are the current saddest teams in today's NFL. Read on, but fair warning: your team may just be on there. Don't despair, even though you probably should.
After this slide are the saddest of the sad, but here are a few that just barely missed the cut.
Seattle Seahawks: They've been a graveyard for good receivers recently, and have had disappointing seasons since their Super Bowl.
Denver Broncos: Going from constant playoff appearances to only breaking even and losing Mike Shanahan is bound to sting.
San Francisco: This past season offered a glimpse of hope but the recent past has been, well, rocky.
Houston Texans: The turnaround is helping, but there's still a good distance to go.
No. 5: Oakland Raiders
This perennial pansy can't manage to find the talent on the field or in its staff to produce a winning season.
They embody a certain level of losing tradition that seems untouchable by any other team. Owner Al Davis manages to bring in heralded talent that then collapses under the weight of the pure misery that surrounds the idea of playing for him.
How then are they not the outright saddest team in the NFL?
The inexplicably devoted fanbase. For whatever reason, the Raiders' fans are some of the most loyal, foolhardy folks in the USA. God bless them and their insanity. The costumes, the tailgating, the cheering—It all happens with losing being the already foretold consequence, game after game. I guess that makes those rare wins all the more gratifying.
No. 4 (Tied): Detroit Lions/Jacksonville Jaguars
In Jacksonville, the fans just don't seem to exist and/or care. In Detroit, the fans exist and care, but they have to deal with the terrible weight of the 0-16 season they went through recently.
The Jags' inclusion on this list reflects their inability to draw an audience and the entire lack of enthusiasm surrounding this team. The only people cheering for the Jags are those with Maurice Jones-Drew and Mike Sims-Walker on their fantasy football rosters. Otherwise, it is an odd void, not without good players, just utterly without an audience.
The Lions just can't put together a squad that makes it to the playoffs. It doesn't help that they play in a tough division and have terrible ownership. With the economic collapse surrounding Detroit's auto industry, they are prepared to plummet to the bottom spot.
No. 3: Buffalo Bills
The Bills haven't caught a whiff of the playoffs in ages. The only thing the fan in the photo seems to be smelling is the whiff of stinking quarterbacks, diva players, and a sense of not belonging.
While the Bills faithful may be a good group of people, their supporters are numbered and you don't find too many people who are saying, "Oh yeah, those Bills. They may not be my favorite team, but golly do I like them regardless."
People just don't seem to remember the Bills. The only news stories run on them seem to be negative, whether it is the controversy of Terrell Owens, or recently, Marshawn Lynch.
The Bills have a lot of work to do to climb out of their sad obscurity.
No. 2: Cleveland Browns
Like the Raiders, the only thing preventing the Browns from earning the bottom seat, is the Dawg Pound.
The Browns team is an abyss prepared to drain the talent and life from the players who go there. The team can't choose a quarterback. Derek Anderson's miracle year was exactly that, a miracle.
Sure, Mike Holmgren is providing some level of excitement, but that's only going to go so far. Droopy jowls and sad faces are going to be the main features for the Browns this year.
No. 1: St. Louis Rams
The Rams have become an embarrassment. The fans have nothing to look forward to and only Steven Jackson seems to get any joy out of playing for them. Unless Sam Bradford comes along and revitalizes the organization, it's going to be a long drop down a seemingly endless hole for fans.
The ownership is still up in the air. Marc Bulger, once the team's hero, is gone for better or for worse. Injuries seem to plague the offensive line every year. It's just a miserable situation for St. Louis and its people. It would take a miracle to change things significantly within the next few years.
Sorry, St. Louis. More of you should be breaking out the paper bags.