Tuesday’s move by the Cleveland Browns to relieve Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi of their posts sent shockwaves through the NFL. There’s little doubt the dysfunction within the Browns’ organization is some of the most robust in the league, but where do the Browns rank among the other dysfunctional franchises in the league? Let’s take a look.
Dishonorable Mentions: Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars
Both the Titans and Jags have had serious problems in the recent past, but they’re doing the right things to get back on track.
10) Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings’ biggest transgression has been an inability to put the right people in the right positions. Since Brett Favre crashed the show in 2010, nothing has gone right for Minnesota aside from the anomaly of the 2012 season. With the right people, the Vikings may be able to get back on track like the Titans and Jags seem to be.
9) Detroit Lions
The Lions are better now than they were five years ago. Aside from that mediocre compliment, what can we say about the Lions? The roster lacks discipline and an ability to close games out. They’re, in short, the new Houston Texans, a team that squanders their own talent.
8) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It’s tough putting the Buccaneers on this list, but Lovie Smith being hired as the team’s head coach doesn’t fix the team’s inability to find quality players. Really, there’s no doubt they have a good coach, but now all the pressure of success now falls on the personnel department. Jason Licht is unproven in his capacity as GM, and it’s unclear just how patient ownership will be with the new regime.
7) Buffalo Bills
The Bills may be the most boring franchise in the league. Doug Marrone has a lot of work to do to get his team headed towards the playoffs in a division that will almost certainly be won by the Patriots again in 2014. E.J. Manuel was just okay, but he didn’t exactly strike us as a franchise passer last year. Without a quarterback, the Bills still have work to do.
6) New York Jets
The Jets have a heavy-handed owner and a general manager that inherited current head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan was able to survive 2013 with a big endorsement from Woody Johnson. Missing the playoffs probably won’t save Ryan’s job this time around, and the love affair between Johnson and Ryan may have to come to an end.
5) Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders have the incredible ability to stay in their own way 100% of the time. Right now, the Raiders have no identity as a team, and they seem prepped for another reset following next season. The good news is the Raiders have improved since Mark Davis took over as the team’s owner.
4) Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins are best described as a backwards franchise. Head coach Joe Philbin has more power than general manager Dennis Hickey, and both men report directly to owner Stephen Ross. It’s a strange setup that is likely to end in disaster. The Dolphins’ current regime resembles the top-heavy system the Browns used last season.
3) Dallas Cowboys
Let me give you a scenario. A team is operating with a general manager that cannot be fired, but he’s providing his head coach with mediocre talent at best. Guess what happens when this team fails to produce acceptable results on the field. That model is currently used by the Dallas Cowboys where owner Jerry Jones is also the GM. If Jones gave his coaches good players, it would work just fine, but that’s not the case.
2) Washington Redskins
Daniel Snyder has been called the worst owner in sports, and that comes as little surprise to anyone that follows the Redskins. He’s far too involved for his own good, and he’s ran some of his better coaches out of town. The Redskins need a head coach that can control a team, and they need their owner to stay out of the way.
1) Cleveland Browns
The factory of sadness is still working at maximum production. The roster is nearly devoid of all talent, and owner Jimmy Haslam changes the team’s direction a few times per year. That’s a sure fire recipe for disaster, and there’s little hope for the Browns moving forward. It should come as no surprise that the Browns rank as the most dysfunctional team in the league.
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THE DETROIT LIONS R THE MOST DYSFUNCTIONAL TEAM IN ALL OF PROSPORTS IN THE WORLD. I CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP FROM GAME TO GAME SEASON TO SEASON. A GREAT SEASON WITH THE DETROIT LIONS IS 8 & 8, HOW SAD IS THAT? THE OTHER 31 TEAMS AREN'T CLOSE TO THAT. ENGLAND WILL MAKE IT TO THE SUPER BOWL BEFORE THE LIONS. 1 BEFORE I DIE IS THE LIONS FIGHT SONG
The Jets do not belong on this list, The Jets with this head coach has been in the AFC title game TWICE, in the last 5 years only finished under .500 once!!!! None of the other teams on that list comes close to that!!!
I guess "improved" means "less wins" to the author. The Raiders were 8-8 the last 2 years of Al's life - they've been 4-12 the two years since. Call me when Mark Davis has 5 Super Bowl appearances and 3 championships under his belt. Collectively, the Jets, Bills, Bucs, Lions and Vikings don't have that many rings between them.
Mr. Synder should have kept Marty Schottenheimer. They would be perennial playoff contestants and 10+ game winners each season.
I agree with the assessment of the Browns being disfunctional. But.....devoid of talent? Really? Cmon man. 6 Pro Bowlers and 4 All-Pros. Get your head out of your butt and truely anaylize the teams you knock. The credability you lose from fluffing your statements is vital to your success.
<Eagles fan> I'd argue, that the Cowboys have quite a talented roster. It's coaching level and obviously above that again that is the problem. Example: Letting Rob Ryan go! Cowboys @ Saints this year. 217 tot yds vs 634ty.
Jerry Jones Is the most ignorant, stupid Owner/GM/ Sideline 'coach' in the NFL!! He has the entire Cowboys team F'd up and the players know it. Garrett does not know what he is doing, The defensive corrdinator is as far behind the game as a 1960s coach. His head is with his grandkids, not with the cowboys. Jones wll not let anybody take charge. He wants full control. Romo chokes almost each game. Nobody is in a position to take charge cause Jerry is in the way of all calls. No good coach will work for Jones 'cause he will not have any say so about what calls he can make. If Jones doesnt move over, The Dallas Cowboys will never get on top. It is that simple.
The Bills are NOT a "boring" team. What a childish statemnet.
At least they're not involved in comical situations, scandals or wanna be bigger than the game characters
cowboys are so stupid who would sighn tony romo for another 6 years they need to listen to the broncos
What exactly makes Buffalo dysfunctional?
Just because they haven't won a lot, doesn't mean they have problems. I would say that 4-5 years ago this was the case, but since Ralph let go of control over the team, things have been smooth as silk.
@edward529 the best team in the NFL last season was the Seattle Seahawks. They won a game known as THE SUPER BOWL. Are you familiar with this game? The winner is declared the best team in the world in the NFL. The Raiders finished 4-12 last season. That sucks. BOOM.
@Brownsfandvm I think the general CONSENSUS would be that A.) You can't spell and 2.) that when I take a crap I refer to it as "Taking the Cleveland Browns to the Stadium". BLAZOOM.
As for myself, I would have barely have been surprised to have seen My Chargers on the list. I would suggest that @Brownsfandvm ask again after the Browns make the playoffs.
@RussSharpe Uhm, yeah, they suck more than a French Whore on a Navy Ship. BLIZZOW.
@RussSharpe Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the Jets give Mark Sanchez a TON of money, draft Geno Smith and when it was all said and done have no one to throw the ball to? Love your defense, the Jets have made some great picks but the whole Sanchez/Geno Smith thing screams disfunction.
@Indy! THE DETROIT LIONS HAVE 4 CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS 1935,52,53 & 57 GO GETEM LIONS :(
@sburkegruen @ThisGivenSunday ...are you fast forwarding the games to make them look faster and exciting. I bet you watch reruns on VHS tapes. BLAZOOF.
Vince, you're clever and yeah I misspelled that, suck me. Now to the more serious matter at hand. Vince, I hope during you frequent visits to the ladies room with your mother, you go well prepared. If you don't already, make sure to bring your tweezers and magnifying glass. I would hate for you to make too much of a mess on yourself. I assume it would be embarrassing having your prepubescent penis dribble all over your pants and/or mommies hands. Perhaps the same embarrassment that you feel after one of your churned out, regurgitated, tactless jokes.
So Vince, have a nice day. Also, as I stated before. Suck me.
Your pal/mothers lover,
Ouch @diegueno taking stabs at me? My statement stems from my earlier post. I suggest you reference that. He makes claims that the Browns are devoid of talent. I count six probowlers. Including a receiver that lead the league in receiving yards. That's in the top three teams when it comes to probowlers. So devoid of talent? No. How many did the chargers have? And I know the record statement is coming and I recognize that yes. They sucked. Ha. But hardley devoid of talent.
No, you just suck
@Brownsfandvm You should be HAPPY that you finally finished FIRST in SOMETHING. BRAZOOT.