Got Parity?


We’re about halfway through the season, and man, there are some shitty teams in this league.  I can’t remember there being a year when this many teams were marginally competitive at best.  I’ll leave Carolina out because, while they’re having a really down year, they showed last week that they still have the talent to beat playoff caliber teams.  Below are the 11 teams that I feel fall into the “Damn, they’re bad!” category.  I list their remaining schedules and mark in red the games that they are likely to lose.



Washington Redskins (2-5)

Why they’re bad:  Poor play from Jason Campbell; a porous offensive line; can’t blame the defense

Remaining games:  @ATLvDEN@DAL@PHIvNO,  @OAK,  vNYGvDAL@SD

Possible/Likely final record:  3-13


Detroit Lions (1-6)

Why they’re bad:  Bad offensive line; breaking in a rookie QB; no receiving threats outside Megatron; pass defense has allowed 18 TDs (Tennessee worst at 19)

Remaining games:  @SEA@MIN,  vCLE,  vGB@CIN@BALvARI@SFvCHI

Possible/Likely final record:  2-14


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7)

Why they’re bad:  Uncommitted ownership; miserable offseason planning and implementation; wretched coaching; horrid tackling on defense; 3rd worst in the league with 162 rushing yards allowed per game; also 3rd worst with 11 sacks on the year; very little receiving talent

Remaining games:  vGB,  @MIA,  vNO,  @ATL,  @CAR,  vNYJ,  @SEA,  @NO,  vATL

Possible/Likely final record:  0-16


Seattle Seahawks (2-5)
Why they’re bad:  One of the worst offensive lines in football; Matt Hasselbeck’s injury; relying on Julius Jones as a starting RB;

Remaining games:  vDET,  @ARI@MIN,  @STL,  vSF@HOU,  vTB,  @GB,  vTEN

Possible/Likely final record:  anywhere from 6-10 to 3-13


St. Louis Rams (1-7)

Why they’re bad:  Really bad defense; no receivers; Marc Bulger has a worse QB rating than Trent Edwards

Remaining games:  vNOvARI,  vSEA,  @CHI,  @TEN,  vHOU@ARIvSF

Possible/Likely final record:  2-14 or 3-13




Buffalo Bills (3-5)

Why they’re bad:  Trent Edwards can’t get the ball downfield; worst run defense in football; Dick Jauron needs to go

Remaining games:  @TEN,  @JAX,  vMIAvNYJ,  @KC,  vNE@ATLvIND

Possible/Likely final record:  4-12 at best IMO; I think they lose 2 of those 3 unmarked road games


Cleveland Browns (1-7)

Why they’re bad:  Mangini sucks; shoddy QB play; a defense that allows a league worst 401 yards per game

Remaining games:  vBAL,  @DET,  @CINvSDvPIT,  @KC,  vOAK,  vJAX

Possible/Likely final record:  3-13 at best but likely 2-14; I see them losing at least 2 of those unmarked games


Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4)

Why they’re bad:  Very little talent at WR; really bad pass defense; NFL worst 5 sacks; I like Del Rio, but I think they need a fresh start

Remaining games:  vKC,  @NYJ,  vBUF,  @SFvHOUvMIAvIND@NE,  @CLE

Possible/Likely final record:  5-11 or 6-10


Tennessee Titans (1-6)

Why they’re bad:  Kerry Collins is the 29th rated passer in the league, and the defense allows more yards per game than any team other than the Browns; they’re worst in the league vs. the pass

Remaining games:  @SF,  vBUF,  @HOUvARI@IND,  vSTL,  vMIAvSD,  @SEA

Possible/Likely final record:  3-13; it will be tough for them to get to 3 wins let alone 4


Oakland Raiders (2-6)

Why they’re bad:  Al Davis is still alive; JaMarcus Russell has been the worst starting QB in the league since he got his job; NFL worst 215 total offensive yards per game; piss poor run defense

Remaining games:  vKC,  vCIN@DAL@PIT,  vWAS,  @DEN,  @CLE,  vBAL

Possible/Likely final record:  3-13 or 4-12


Kansas City Chiefs (1-6)

Why they’re bad:  Very little talent across the roster; big WR talent drop off after Dwayne Bowe; Larry Johnson is done; OL has allowed an NFL high 27 sacks; 3rd worst yards allowed per game on defense; equally bad against the run and the pass

Remaining games:  @JAX,  @OAK,  vPIT@SDvDEN,  vBUF,  vCLE,  @CIN@DEN

Possible/Likely final record:  4-12



How I see them ending up (with possible 1st round draft preferences):

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-16) – DT
  2. Detroit Lions (2-14) – OT
  3. St. Louis Rams (2-14 or 3-13) – QB
  4. Cleveland Browns (3-13) – QB
  5. Tennessee Titans (3-13) – QB, T, safety to pair with Michael Griffin
  6. Oakland Raiders (3-13) – who the hell knows?
  7. Washington Redskins (3-13) – QB, T
  8. Kansas City Chiefs (4-12) – T, WR, DL, LB
  9. Buffalo Bills (4-12) – DL, QB
  10. Seattle Seahawks (6-10, 3-13) – T, RB
  11. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) – DE, DB, WR, QB


Going by this list, that’s over 1/3 of the league that isn’t competitive on a weekly basis, and if my numbers turn out to be close, this will be the worst groupings of bad teams that I can recall.  The records would be even worse if a lot of these teams weren’t playing each other down the stretch. 

So is parity out the window, or are there just some chronically bad teams?  Is it the coaching?  Is it the talent in front offices?  Is it the financial situations of owners?  More importantly, what does Tampa Bay do to rectify the slop that is the ’09 season?  Do they pretend to contend once again?  It ain’t pretty folks.

Talbuc is a guest columnist here at “What the Buc?” He has is own blog on Blogspot that he updates regularly as well as sharing content with us. he is a happily married father of one who continues his love for the Bucs from his secret location in Tallahassee, FL.