Top 10 Most Disappointing NFL Teams of the 2021 Season
Last year they almost beat the Chiefs. They looked poised to go back to the playoffs and go on a deep run. Everyone thought, "oh, they could win it all". What on earth happened to them?
They had injuries on both sides of the ball and OBJ left the team. They had a great rushing attack with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt and should have made that the center of the offense. Baker Mayfield's performances were okay at best to horrible at worst. He is getting surgery after battling through an injury but he had several costly turnovers and there's a reason why he has so much heat on him right now. His performance in Progressive Ads is better than his performances in games. If he was slightly better with fewer turnovers and more accurate throws this team could have been so much better than their record would suggest.
When I look at this team on paper they should have been so much better than they were. The Vikings defense was not good. The offense was alright, but the amount of close games they lost was insane. Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook made the offense decent while Kirk Cousins had a decent season. I think the main culprit here was Zimmer himself. He held the team back. It's time Minnesota. Fire him. If Denver can fire their coach you can too.
Now, yes, I'm aware they can make the playoffs with a win against the Raiders, but the fact of the matter is they shouldn't have been in that position to begin with. This team had an opportunity to take the division but lost to the Chiefs. Somehow they have fallen to barely making it if they win against the Raiders. It's like they're inconsistent and only show up when they want to. In a year where the Chiefs are in a weird roller coaster of a season they had a golden opportunity to take the division. Instead they Charger like always.
Update: Wow Congratulations. I have no words to explain whatever that performance was against the Raiders. To think they held the division lead up until about the halfway point of the season. This was a wasted season I don't care. You guys are a failure of an organization. I would feel bad for the fanbase if it actually existed. That was the textbook definition of Charger choking. Brandon Staley may be better than Anthony Lynn but that one timeout cost the chargers a playoff berth. That's a potentially fireable offense with the talent on this team. From now on I don't want to hear another word about how this team has the pieces to overthrow the Chiefs in the AFC West and this game is why. Yes they beat KC early in the season but who the hell cares? Where are these two teams now? Kansas City is in the playoffs while the Chargers are left out.
This may be a little unfair to Baltimore. The Ravens lost literally all their top running backs before the season started. Lamar Jackson has missed time and they've got plenty of other injuries throughout the season keeping them from reaching their potential and yet they were still competitive with almost every team. Baltimore is still in the playoff hunt just barely. They would need a miracle to make it in, but the fact they're still in contention is impressive. I just feel like people had higher expectations for them this season and unfortunately they're probably going to fall short of the playoffs.
The Dolphins last year came out of seemingly nowhere and barely missed the playoffs. This year we were expecting them to pick up where they left off. Unfortunately that didn't happen. Now to their credit they won 7 straight games after losing 7 straight games, but it just wasn't enough to overcome in the end. The defense was okay but that offense struggled and they had almost no run game whatsoever.
Remember when they were 3-0 and we all thought this was a playoff team? That felt like an eternity ago. I can't believe I thought they were on the right track in their rebuild at one point. Matt Rhule seems in over his head and is completely clueless. The offense is still carried by CMC and the quarterback became a giant experiment with Sam Darnold, then PJ Walker, then Cam Newton? He just kept rotating quarterbacks because he didn't know which one worked. It's like trying to find the charger that works when none of them do so you just frantically plug them in continuously. That's what the Panthers did at quarterback. It sounds like he'll have another year but after that? It might be time for a new coach.
Washington last year rode a strong defense to the playoffs. This year, what happened? That defense fell off big time. I know Chase Young got hurt, but even with Chase Young this defense did not look good at all. Taylor Heinicke did alright but they kinda took a step backwards. I thought they were supposed to be good on defense. And that isn't getting to that stadium that rained sewer water on fans and had a railing fall. This team wasn't just disappointing on the field, but the stadium itself was a disappointment.
Until Dan Snyder goes, the WFT will always be the What losers. Much like the goat was to the Chicago Cubs - bad karma.
I know a lot of people don't really want to consider it, but I believe Pete Carroll's time has passed. Seattle is a talented team, but the questionable trades and spotty drafting of the last five or so years have finally caught up to them. Their secondary is in shambles, their pass rush is mediocre at best, and Russell Wilson is still running for his life on every play. This is a team that I believe needs a reset. Take out Pete Carroll and John Schneider, and start fresh. Maybe even trade Wilson if that's what he wants. Seattle has fallen behind their entire division, and if they want to catch up again, serious organizational change needs to be made.
The Seahawks finally faded out and it might be the last we see Russell Wilson as a Seahawk. This team was just underachieving especially with Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. I know Russell Wilson was out for a period of time, but even then they still struggled when he did return. Rushing was alright and defense wasn't too bad either, but those few games without Russell Wilson was what did this team in. Seahawks fans brace yourselves because this could be a long off-season for you. If Russell Wilson takes his talents elsewhere things could get worse
I know this team is horrible and expectations were still low, but coming into this season they had Trevor Lawrence as the #1 QB prospect. There was James Robinson and Travis Etienne. There wasn't a lot of optimism, but there was a feeling they would be mediocre. But then Urban Meyer happened and turned out to not be a fit in the NFL and now Jacksonville basically has the rights to the top draft pick again. Oh, and that's not even mentioning their GM Trent Baalke who, um, why did they hire him again? The man who drove the Niners into the ground is doing the same thing? What a surprise. Jaguars fans are apparently dressing up as clowns to protest Shad Khan letting him stay with the organization.
At #4 on my list the Denver Broncos. This team put up a good fight against KC but alas they fell short for the 13th consecutive time. They already fired Vic Fangio after a forgettable season.
This team has some intriguing pieces to work with: Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick, Noah Fant, Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy, Javonte Williams, and that's just the offense. They also have Bradley Chubb, Justin Simmons and Pat Surtain. They brought in Teddy Bridgewater who was serviceable for the most part but he is the "safe play" quarterback. This team is a good quarterback away from being good again. I expect there will be a lot of coaches interested in the Denver Broncos job however that doesn't excuse the fact that they drastically underachieved with all the guys I listed above.
The Bears were expected to be bad after a fluke playoff berth last year
Saints were expected to regress, and they were lucky to keep on fighting to the very last game with how garbage that offense was.
They were expected to stink, and that's exactly what we got in New York. The worst offense in football (not named Jacksonville). Everybody on offense couldn't stay healthy on the field even prior to the regular season to start. A disaster team from the start. How fitting with a 3 and 9 everybody gets broomed which would be in their best interest to fully rebuild from the ground up.
Colts were a team that had question marks coming into the season (Wentz constantly getting hurt). Even after a tremendous seasonal performance by Jonathan Taylor. He wasn't enough to get this team in the playoffs. Falling short in Jacksonville just missing the cusp of the playoffs. I could see that being a somewhat disappointing result surely.
Now granted the Cowboys played well and beat their division handily. The fact, that it had to end the way that it did with a Running play to end your season. Now you could see an argument for a disappointing end to what was a great rebound. Not winning a playoff game has got to stink especially from a guy who has gotten to a super bowl in Mike McCarthy.
Now granted they did stumble mid-season. The defense has been good for the most part improved aside from stopping the all-star running backs. The only thing that's been disappointing about this team is the inconsistency on offense. Now they seem to be clicking at the right time.
Overachieved for a team that was projected to be last place gets to second and snatch up the final wild card spot. Jalen Hurts saved his gig, and clearly needs more help on offense if this team is going to contend all of a sudden.
For the duration of the season sure, but hey there are still in it as one of the final eight left in this thing. It's do or die for Jimmy G at this rate.
The Lions are in a rebuild right now so they're not expecting to be good
That was disappointing that they only won 3 times and lost 13 times with one tie
That was disappointing that they only won 4 times and lost 13 times
The money was put into good use, but getting punched in the mouth three outta four times to end your season can't be feeling any better about that.
Once again overachieved, this team was plagued by bad headlines but managed to do the unthinkable by getting into the postseason with an interim Head coach. If you ask me, they already got their head coach. They don't need Jim Harbaugh. Unless Mark Davis is as bad as Stephen Ross as owner.
You think them making the playoffs with all the things they had to go through off the field including a coaching change is disappointing HOW?
For the 3rd time overachieved, nobody saw this team coming as they would actually win the AFC North the way they have. Joe Burrow has transformed into to being one of the best QB's today. The defensive interior has been good all year, and the death at the secondary is very impressive. Good for the Bengals to finally end a drought that was going on for 3 decades. They literally saved Zac Taylor hard, and it paid off with how gutsy they have played all season.