The 2000s have given us things that have never happened before in NFL history. There was the undefeated New England Patriots of 2007, the Bucs finally winning a Super Bowl, and the heated rivalry of Manning vs Brady. But every year, there's always that one team that's so bad, they couldn't even beat teams in the MAC Conference. Hear I bring you the 10 most awful teams from 2000-2009.
2003 seemed like the year for the Cardinals after they signed Emmitt Smith, who just had a Hall of Fame career with the Cowboys. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough. The Cardinals scored 225 points, but allowed 452. Head coach Dave McGinnis was fired and Dennis Green came in paving the way for them to draft Larry Fitgerald and Green to have one of the greatest rants in sports history.
The Texans have only had 1 winning season in their 8-year history, and their worst season was in 2005. Dom Capers was in his 4th season as head coach. The team only produced 2 wins and Capers was let go. Fortunately, it allowed the organization to hire Gary Kubiak as head coach and to draft Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams with the #1 overall pick in the draft.
He was a Hall of Fame player, he's a Hall of Fame defensive coordinator, but was horrible as a head coach. Under the direction of Dick LeBeau, the Bengals stumbled with a 2-14 record and caused the organization to fire him. WIth the #1 overall pick, they got Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer have been division champions twice since then.
The first mistake the organization made was hiring Dennis Erickson as head coach when he failed with the Seahawks. They only won 2 games and were shut out 34-0 against Erickson's former team.
Al Davis loved Art Shell so much, that he brought him back as head coach to help the team that was at the top of the AFC 4 years earlier. The team went 2-14 and were shut out 3 teams.
In his third year as head coach of the Panthers, 2-time Super Bowl winner George Seifert felt 2001 would be his year. Well, it wasn't. They only won 1 game, allowed 410 points against them, and a lot of people say this is what's going to prevent Seifert from getting into the Hall of Fame, which I find unfair. But this team was so bad, it's in the top 5.
With new head coach Cam Cameron, the Dolphins were expected to win at least a couple of games. One game doesn't count as a couple. In fact, the Dolphins allowed 437 points scored against them,even with future Hall of Famer Jason Taylor on the defense. The team was so bad, Cameron was fired after the season.
This picture will always send chills down the spines of Chargers fans, and 2000 was the darkest year for them. They only won 1 game, and it was just by 1 point. After 3 seasons at quarterback, Ryan Leaf was let go. But light was at the end of the tunnel. With the #1 overall pick, they traded with the Falcons and got LaDainian Tomlinson.
In 1999, the St. Louis Rams shocked the sports world by winning the Super Bowl. Ten years later, they shocked the sports world again, but not for the right reasons. They went 1-15, were shut out twice, and only scored 135 points, and allowed 436. Fortunately, there was one team in the decade that was worse, and you all probably know what that team is.
Just when you thought the Detroit Lions couldn't get any worse, along comes 2008. From Week 1 to Week 17, the Lions failed to get a W. The funny part is they were undefeated in the preseason. However, someone needed to tell them the preseason doesn't count for anything. Now, they're starting to turn around with the drafting of QB Matthew Stafford, TE Brandon Pettigrew, DT Ndamukong Suh, and RB Jahvid Best. But, because of 2008, the motor city is responsible for the worst team of the decade.