As the regular season comes to a close, it is hard to be upset with the NFL season getting 17 full weeks in despite the coronavirus threatening to disrupt everything and all the incredible action that we have seen this year. It was a crazy offseason leading up to the 2020 season and there were a lot of expectations pushed onto different teams as there were some unprecedented moves made.
Before this year began, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were practically handed the Lombardi Trophy and it seemed like the Baltimore Ravens were going to dominate everyone in their path. While these two things could still happen in the playoffs, neither team necessarily lived up to the hype. Even more than that, there were some particularly lofty expectations for a couple of teams that didn’t come true and that leads us to our:
Most Disappointing Teams of the 2020 NFL Season
With Jason Garrett finally out, it seemed like the Cowboys were going to thrive in a new era of football led by head coach Mike McCarthy. That couldn’t be farther from the truth as entering Week 17, the Cowboys are hoping for a miracle to make the playoffs with a losing record. McCarthy has looked entirely lost at times and it made us truly feel bad for what Aaron Rodgers must have gone through in Green Bay.
After adding CeeDee Lamb through the draft and extending Zeke and Amari Cooper, this offense should have been wild and it would have been had Dak Prescott not been injured. The Cowboys were Super Bowl contenders who will be bounced in the Wild Card round if they make the playoffs.
The Carolina Panthers weren’t necessarily supposed to compete for a Super Bowl this year but with Matt Rhule coming off a big year at Baylor and the Panthers hiring Joe Brady away from LSU, it seemed like the Panthers were going to be one of the most well-coached teams in the league. They went out and spent big money on Teddy Bridgewater and got better on defense through the draft, but Carolina has been nothing but bad and they are going to finish the year well under .500 with Bridgewater’s job in jeopardy and Joe Brady potentially on the way out for a head coaching job.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Yeah, I’m going to say it. Sure, the Bucs are making the playoffs for the first time since 2007, finally won a playoff game, and they are finishing with a record well above .500, but this Bucs team was supposed to be incredibly special. They signed Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette and Antonio Brown yet still didn’t have a Top 3 offense in the NFL. Brady really struggled at times this season and it was evident that he isn’t the MVP quarterback from just a few seasons ago.
The Bucs were supposed to be the best team in the modern era and they have been far from that, losing twice to the Saints, once to the Rams and to the Kansas City Chiefs.
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com