We're all familiar with the dynasty teams in sports that dominate the headlines. Winning is the only thing that people remember and for some teams, winning just comes natural. For others, it's like Christmas when they pick up a victory. In the NFL and other professional sports, winning has become obsessive. From the Steelers in the 70s to the Patriots in the 21st century, a majority of legends and Hall of Famers stem from these dynasty squads. Even 40 years after the fact, I still see specials of those Steeler teams and their players talking and laughing as if it was just yesterday they experienced their winning ways.
Obviously, the goal for every NFL franchise each year is to win the Super Bowl. You will never see a player or coach smile harder than one who just won the big game. There are even reports that Patriots coach Bill Belichick has cracked a smile or two after winning it all but I cannot confirm this.
There are some teams though, that have never experienced the thrill of hoisting the Lombardi trophy. For other teams, it's been so long since they have that it's become irrelevant or forgotten. Others have come close but just haven't been able to get over that hump. Some teams are just flat out bad and have been for years. So bad in fact, that you start wondering if some college teams could take them down. Just one time I want to see a Nick Saban led Alabama squad go toe-to-toe with an NFL team.
There are a few select franchises that haven't been around as long as others so they do receive some leeway. However, there are others that have been around since the Super Bowl era began and have nothing to show for it. We include a collection of those teams in this countdown of the worst NFL franchises.
15 New Orleans Saints
14 Tennessee Titans
Formerly the Houston Oilers, the Titans franchise has been around since 1960. If you are reading that and thinking "Really?", yes, really. I had to do a double take myself as they have done next to nothing during their tenure in the National Football League.
13 Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs appeared in two of the first four Super Bowls. After defeating the Vikings in Super Bowl IV, they haven't appeared since. The Chiefs have kind of been known to be that team that produces highly talented players but no quality wins. Even in 2012, a year where they finished 2-14 and tied for last place, they managed to send six players to the Pro Bowl. Huh???
12 San Diego Chargers
"Go Chargers, Go!", Arnold Schwarzenegger once said.
"No Arnold, No.", I say. The San Diego Chargers have zero Super Bowl victories to show for. They lost one of the most boring Super Bowls of all time against the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX. The Chargers have had some decent seasons, making a few AFC Championship games but have done nothing with their opportunities when it counted most. They have now gone into turmoil and are currently one of the worst teams in the league today. For a team that's been around since before the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, that's not a resume to be proud of.
11 Philadelphia Eagles
I highly admire the loyalty of Philly fans in all sports. I think it's because they're not afraid to say it when their team is stinking up the place but in different words. It's been a hard knock life as an Eagles fan, with no Super Bowl wins for a franchise that dates back to 1933. All of their NFC East rivals have tasted the glory at some point but the Eagles have only sniffed it, losing both their appearances.
Each year there seems to be high expectations for the Eagles that they fail to live up to. In 2012, Vince Young called the Eagles a Dream Team after they signed major free agent acquisitions during the offseason. They didn't even qualify for the playoffs.
10 Cincinnati Bengals
You know that a team from Ohio has got to be on this list. Spoiler Alert: The other Ohio team is on this list as well later down the road.
9 Jacksonville Jaguars
8 Arizona Cardinals
Arizona is a lot like the Bengals, in that they're pretty good now but have done a whole lot of nothing for many years. The team last won an NFL Championship in 1947, long before the Super Bowl era. In fact, the Cardinals actually date all the way back to the 19th century when they were established in Chicago. And people feel sorry for the Cubs for not winning a pennant all these years...
7 Minnesota Vikings
6 Atlanta Falcons
5 Buffalo Bills
Probably the only team I want to shake my head at more than the Vikings are the Bills. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Buffalo was a powerhouse in the AFC. They won four consecutive AFC Championships to go to four straight Super Bowls. However, they managed to lose all four. There's a great chance that neither of those records will ever be broken. Buffalo was unable to capitalize on their dominance during the tenure and now rank as one of the lowliest franchises in the league.
4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Outside of a few select seasons, one in which they won their one and only Super Bowl, the Bucs have been bad.
I mean BADDDDD!!!
3 New York Jets
While attending a Jets-Dolphins game a few years back in South Florida, a Jets fan sitting in my section announced Dan Marino Blvd. as "No Ring Blvd." I turned to him to tell him that the Jets hadn't won a Super Bowl since before we landed on the moon. Drop the mic. End Scene.
2 Detroit Lions
The history of Detroit sports starts with the Red Wings in hockey. It continues with the success of the Pistons in basketball and even the Tigers in baseball. Football, however, not so much. The only thing the Lions have come close to a Super Bowl is the tradition each year of hosting a Thanksgiving Day game. Their last NFL Championship came in 1957, the second longest drought behind the Arizona Cardinals.
1 Cleveland Browns
And then there were the Browns. I said earlier that there was another Ohio team in the realm. History doesn't get any worse than it does for the Brownies. The Browns have been around forever and even had a lot of success to start. However, they are another team that has never appeared in a Super Bowl. Like the Lions, they've been around for all of them. That's a really hard pill to swallow for Browns fans. It's even harder knowing that the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl victory in 2000 probably should've been celebrated by the Browns.
In 1995, owner Art Modell motioned to move the team to Baltimore. The city of Cleveland was able to keep the name and logo by legal settlement but the personnel moved on. The coaching staff at the time of dismantlement, headed by Bill Belichick, was that of a Hall of Fame staff. Belichick would move on to the Jets and then eventually the Patriots, where he's won four Super Bowls thus far. Watching the Ravens celebrate with a lot of players still left from that Browns squad still stings fans today. The Browns resumed their team and operations in 1999 but have made the playoffs just once since then.
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