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Simple question:

 

What were some of the worst off-seasons ever had by an NFL Franchise?

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The SF one where Harbaugh and a bunch of other guys left comes to mind

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26 minutes ago, BleedTheClock said:

Simple question:

 

What were some of the worst off-seasons ever had by an NFL Franchise?

Post Super Bowl Ravens. The last one.

Half thar SB winning defense left and either got paid elsewhere or retired. Ray Lewis especially, and Flaaco got that Big Mac money.

They really werent the same identity after that. Just another AFC team watching the Patriots got to SB after SB.

 

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W lost 70% of offensive production from 2012 that offseason: Welker, Woodhead, Lloyd, the guy above were all gone. Gronk took forever to get back to 100% and got reinjured shortly after he returned. It was a miracle Brady and Belichick dragged the team to the AFC Championship.

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Patriots are responsible for half of them

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kellerman didn't like the giants this year, and after listening to him it did appear quite a fail. I don't know all the teams offseason, but I would expect this thread to get some count going because most fans remember the offseason that they didn't like.  I would think this thread is post 1992, once UFA was started.  

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The Browns 2008 offseason comes to mind....

Traded their 2008 1st rounder to draft Quinn, traded their 2nd for Shaun Rogers and 3rd for Corey williams

Theirnfirst pick in the draft was Beau Bell.... 

Everyone on the team regressed went from potentially building on a 10-6 season to 4-12.

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for the steelers

09 offseason was lame with ben off the field stuff resulting in a 4 game suspension and trading Holmes who at the time was our number 1 WR to the jets for a 5th Rd pick

team went to the SB in 2010 tho

this offseason was kinda lame too with the AB circus

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1974, Green Bay, WI

"After the lack of production at quarterback for his entire tenure in Green Bay, one could sense that HC Dan Devine started to panic, especially when one looks at the trades he made to find a quarterback who could lead the Packers in 1974. First, he traded Scott Hunter to the Buffalo Bills. Then he traded a fifth-round pick to the Dallas Cowboys for Jack Concannon. But Devine wasn’t done just yet.

He also traded a 3rd-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for Dean Carlson. Finally Dan Devine made a trade that will live on in Green Bay infamy.

He traded (2) first-round picks, (2) second-round picks and (1) third-round pick for aging veteran John Hadl of the Los Angeles Rams.

So, what did those trades do for the Packers in 1974? Not much.
The Packers finished 6-8 and once again the passer rating for the team was horrid at 47.6

Hadl started six games after he was acquired after the midway point of the ’74 season. Hadl threw three touchdown passes versus eight picks for 1,072 yards. That adds up to a 54.0 passer rating"

 

The Packers sucked for very a long time and this '74 offseason where HC Dan Devine traded 6 premium picks for a pair of nobody QBs... was a big part of that lengthy suckitude. It wouldn't be until 16 years later in 1989 that the Packers won more than 8 games in a season; due in part to that super- ****ty offseason
The LA Rams used the Packers' picks to help them make 3 conference title games in a row under Chuck Knox
 

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3 minutes ago, vike daddy said:

the one where one of the Viking players died from heat stroke contracted during practice comes to mind...

https://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/02/sports/pro-football-heat-kills-a-pro-football-player-nfl-orders-a-training-review.html

and then there was the one where our promising young QB blew out his knee so badly he almost bled to death on the practice field...

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17 hours ago, Chiefer said:

Post Super Bowl Ravens. The last one.

Half thar SB winning defense left and either got paid elsewhere or retired. Ray Lewis especially, and Flaaco got that Big Mac money.

They really werent the same identity after that. Just another AFC team watching the Patriots got to SB after SB.

 

Was terrible seeing all those guys go for sure, but the 2 years immediately after that offseason we went 8-8 and 10-6, making it to the divisional round that 2nd year...so it's not like that offseason like crippled the franchise or anything. There's got to be at least 10 worse off-seasons deserving of this list i would think.

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Probably not the worst but the first thing that comes to mind is 2011.

- "Dream Team" ... f u Vince Young
- Our OL Coach, Juan Castillo, was promoted to DC... ???
- Our first four draft picks were Danny Watkins, Jaquan Jarrett, Curtis Marsh, and Casey Matthews...

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19 hours ago, Malfatron said:

The SF one where Harbaugh and a bunch of other guys left comes to mind

Yeah, that one sucked. 

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A double whammy crud off-season for the Rams.  

2017 off-season:

COACHING SITUATION: We lost one of the most respected coaches of all time in the NFL and replaced him with the riskiest head coach hire ever in the youngest head coach who was almost completely unproven as just a poor man's Shanahan clone.

FREE AGENCY: Paid Robert Woods, who had never had 700 yards in a season, 40 million. Paid old man Andrew Whitworth to come to LA and retire. Paid Alec Ogletree buckets of money for him to jump ship and go to the Giants a year later. Let our top receiver walk in free agency, someone who managed to get over 1,000 yards with a historically bad passing offense. Brought in a new center who was never dominant and had declined recently to the point of not even being a starter after a season ending injury years prior. Did nothing to upgrade the running back group after Todd Gurley was awful in 2016, even though we kept insisting on upgrading the running back position for years in a row prior, chasing out productive RBs for our team in Isaiah Pead, Zac Stacy, and Tre Mason to bring Gurley in. Refused to let our offensive line gel, moving around our top investments like former number 2 overall pick Greg Robinson and Rob Havenstein before cutting Robinson, who went on to be pretty good for the Lions and Browns.

DRAFT: We had no first-rounder. Gave up the chance to draft the most productive college wide receiver EVER at our actual draft pick to trade down. Drafted an undersized small-school tight end with no blocking ability with our top draft pick. Our other top three picks were an extremely slow FCS wide receiver who stunk up the Combine and didn't have the size to box out DBs and a safety who wasn't even on most people's draft boards. Drafted a bunch of wasted picks afterwards. 

 

Talk about awful.

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