After Chad Henne's season-ending injury on Sunday, there's been a bit of discussion as to what team could fill the role of "worst in the league." I wanted to share my own thoughts on the subject, and I'd like to hear what you have to say. Here goes:
1. Kansas City Chiefs (1-3)
I'm sorry, but a close win at home against the Vikings does not put you out of last place. The Chiefs already face one of the hardest schedules in the NFL, and injuries to key players Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki have left them toothless. Todd Haley's inability to effectively coach, combined with the Chiefs' general suckitude, makes me think that this team still leads the race.
2. Miami Dolphins (0-4)
The Dolphins are in a tough division. No longer can they rely on the Bills to provide a much-needed ego boost for a struggling team.The recent loss of Chad Henne, along with a haphazard array of mediocre and misused running backs, makes the Dolphins a zero-dimensional offense, and analyzing their offensive production may result in a "divide by zero" error. Their defense isn't terrible, but isn't the kind of unit that can carry a team and keep a low scoring game close. Their week 9 game against the Chiefs may end up being the deciding factor in who gets Andrew Luck.
3. Minnesota Vikings (0-4)
For what it's worth, I think the Vikings are a much better team than they let on. Everyone seems to be under-performing, from McNabb to Percy Harvin to Adrian Peterson. But a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs puts you in the bottom 5 by default, and the Vikings can't seem to hold onto a game to save their lives. I fully expect them to turn in at least a few wins by the end of the season, but for now, they rest at #3.
4. St Louis Rams (0-4):
This team is almost a guaranteed 0-7 to start out the season, with their next 3 games @GB, @DAL and vs NO. They next have road trips to AZ and CLE, in which they *may* get their first win, but I wouldn't bet on it. Fast forward through 4 divisional games in a row, including a game at Candlestick, then they get the joy of trying to find offensive production against the Steelers and the Bengals. Finish that out with a loss against the division champion 49ers (unless we've already clinched a bye, which I doubt) and the Rams get to drag themselves into the offseason with 4 wins, if they're lucky. Someone in the NFL office hates St Louis.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3)
Throwing away David Garrard for Luke McCown and Blaine Gabbert was like throwing out your old oak furniture and buying something from IKEA. Sure, it's old and heavy, but it's still serviceable, and loading your new closet with all the garbage you own is going to break it. Gabbert sports the 2nd-worst completion percentage of all starting quarterbacks at 47.8% and, like the Dolphins, their defense isn't going to win any games. Here's a bonus question: name one guy on the Jaguars defense.
Honorable Mention: Indianapolis Colts (0-4)
I didn't include the Colts in the bottom five because of their better-than-awful performances against the Steelers and Bucs. While Curtis Painter won't do you any favors, I think the Colts defense can hold some games close enough to pull of some upset wins. Hopefully Kerry Collins will be back soon, and the Colts can try to rise out of the ashes and become a team that at least gives Peyton Manning some small thing to cheer about.