The 5 Most Disappointing NFL Teams of 2013

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The 5 Most Disappointing Teams of the 2013 NFL Season

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Things don't always go as planned in the NFL, that's for sure. It's become extremely common for playoff teams from a season ago to miss out on the postseason the following year. Only the truly elite teams survive from year to year.

For many, the window to win is extremely small. With the salary cap, current player contracts and free agency, it's extremely tough to keep a group of guys intact for more than a couple of years. In the NFL, one elite player on a unit can make all the difference in the world. One or two plays can be the difference in a season and the loss of a couple key players, could result in one of those plays not getting made.

So when it comes to disappointing NFL teams, it usually means that there were some form of expectations coming into the season. We all knew that the Jacksonville Jaguars were going to be bad coming into the season, therefore, you can't really call them a disappointment. Heck, at this point in the season, you could even call them overachievers.

In this slideshow we'll take a look at the most disappointing teams of 2013. Many of these teams made the playoffs a year ago and were thought of as contenders coming into this season. Some were even thought of as Super Bowl contenders, which has made things extremely hard on their fan bases. There's nothing like high expectations, followed by a season where the team finishes in last place in the division.

So for varying reasons, here are the five biggest disappointing NFL teams of 2013:

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Minnesota Vikings

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From 10 wins and the playoffs in 2012, to 'fighting' for the top pick in next year's draft. That's the story of the 2013 Minnesota Vikings. Their QB situation is an awful mess and their defense can't stop anyone on third down to save its life. Could Leslie Frazier be searching for a new job in 2014?

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Washington Redskins

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The RG3/Mike Shanahan situation has become nauseating at this point in 2013. Who cares if the head coach and the QB don't get along if the team isn't any good? What'll happen next in DC for the three-win Redskins? The answer - nothing.

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Tennessee Titans

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2013 seemed like it could finally be the season where the Titans broke through and made the playoffs. It's not all the organizations fault, though, unless you count their decision to roll with Jake Locker as the franchise's QB.

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Houston Texans

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From the AFC title picture to the top five of 2014's draft. That's where the Houston Texans are heading. With Matt Schaub most likely done as the team's signal caller, will they draft another QB instead of sticking with Case Keenum moving forward?

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Atlanta Falcons

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Super Bowl or Bust. That's the phrase that Roddy White was throwing around before the season started. We've known that the Falcons are big time busts for weeks now, so the only question left - how will they regroup moving forward?

 

 


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