- 08/18/2011, 06:38AM ET
Marlins Fan said 08/18, 06:38 AM
I'm going with the Cincinnati Bengals.
For a player about to enter the NFL, this is hands down the worst team to be drafted by.
Why? Well, the reasons are endless.
But we'll start with the big one - a commitment to losing football games.
Since current owner Mike Brown inherited the team in 1991, the Bengals have gone a woeful 115-204-1. That's a .361 winning percentage, folks. They've made the playoffs twice, but are 0-2 in the postseason.
A few examples of the Bengals ineptitude in the 20 years under Mike Brown:
- just 2 of the 20 seasons have ended with a winning record
- the Bengals are the only team during this time with three 9-or-more game losing streaks
- there have been twenty five 0-6 starts total, 6 by the Bengals
- they have gone 0-for-October 8 times out of the 20 seasons
- Marvin Lewis is the most successful Bengals coach at 60-69-1, a .465 winning percentage
- a record-setting most (288) games needed to reach 100 wins under Brown
- a record-setting fewest (314) games needed to reach 200 losses
These numbers are shockingly bad, and they illustrate just how pathetic the Cincinnati Bengals franchise has become on the field.
Dyhard said 08/18, 04:37 PM
I'll stay in the same division as the Bengals and choose the Cleveland Browns, who have never won a Super Bowl nor have they appeared in a Super Bowl.
Why would I chose them?
The Browns were last in the playoffs in 2002. Before that was 1994.
The Bengals were last in the playoffs in 2009 and before that, it was 2005.
The team name even sucks. Yeah, you're a Brown. Your helmet is solid orange. Yuck.
Not only do you play for a franchise that the city has never seen the Super Bowl, the entire city is turning into a dump. People are leaving the city in masses due to the economy and it isn't showing signs of improvement. At least Cincinnati isn't as bad off as Cleveland is.
Over the past 20 years, or since 1991, the Browns were 100-172. The Bengals were 115-204-1. Over that time period, both teams averaged around 6-10 per season. The worst part is that the Browns entire franchise MOVED to become the Ravens after the 1995 season, so there was no football from 1996-1998 in Cleveland.
If take the 1996-1998 seasons out of the equation, the last twenty seasons (dating back to 1988) the Browns are 122-197-1 while the Bengals are 126-193-1.
Marlins Fan said 08/19, 04:01 AM
True, the Bengals have played in two Super Bowls, but they lost both of them, and it's ancient history anyway. They made the SB in 1982 and 1989.
Most players being drafted today either weren't born or weren't old enough to remember those "glory days".
That's the big difference between the Bengals and Browns - the Browns are getting better, the Bengals are stuck in a rut.
Again, since current owner Mike Brown took control of the team, the Bengals have a .361 winning percentage, and they haven't come close to sniffing a Super Bowl. They haven't even won a single playoff game during Brown's 20 year tenure.
This is a team that is so devoid of hope, former Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer has chosen to retire rather than be forced to continue playing for such a pathetic franchise.
When news of his retirement came out, Palmer's agent said, "Because of the lack of success that Carson and the Bengals have experienced together, Carson strongly feels that a separation between him and the Bengals would be in the best interest of both parties."
Carson Palmer chose to forfeit 50 million dollars rather than have to play for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Dyhard said 08/19, 04:39 PM
If 1989 is ancient history, wouldn't the 1991 season also be ancient history since you continue to bring it up so often, especially when talking about the last 20 years?
The Bengals have been to the playoffs more often than the Browns in the past 20 seasons of the Browns' existence...
Here's another fun fact:
Since 1988, the Bengals have had 9 seasons where they posted a record of .500 or better.
In that same time span, the Browns have had 5 seasons where they posted a record of .500 or better.
If you want to include 7-9 records, the Browns have had 8 seasons of at least a 7-9 record.
The Bengals have posted 12 seasons of at least a 7-9 record.
So who really has been worse since 1988?
To me, it has to be the Browns.
Carson Palmer has no receiving threats around him of top caliber, and the Bengals aren't helping him out. You think the Browns are in a good situation, though?
The Browns team has had no success in recent years. Why would anyone in their right mind want to be a Cleveland Brown? I'd rather be a Bengal and be able to live in Cincinnati where the economy isn't destroying the city while that's exactly what's happening in Cleveland.
Marlins Fan said 08/20, 03:53 AM
The only reason I brought up the 1991 season is because that's when the Mike Brown era began. It is relevant to this TD because if you're going to play for the Cincinnati Bengals, you're going to work for Mike Brown.
So the stats I mentioned were just in the Mike Brown era. Doesn't matter what happened before Brown, because he's the boss now, and it's his team to run into the ground. Which he has done in epic fashion.
I believe that it is fairly evident that the Bengals are a sinking ship.
They have no quarterback to speak of, their coach has a losing record over the 8 years that he's been in Cincinnati, and the owner is a fool who would rather let Carson Palmer leave and get nothing for him than trade him to another team for perhaps a second round draft pick or two.
Think about that for a second. Mike Brown, when presented with the options of losing Palmer for a couple of draft picks or losing Palmer for nothing, actually chose to lose him with nothing in return because "it's the principle of the issue". The moron is choosing to hurt his football team just to make a point.
The owner is a fool; the team is garbage and not going to get better.
Dyhard said 08/20, 11:10 AM
The Browns are in the same boat as the Bengals as the Browns are headed nowhere fast.
Both teams are stuck in a rut and when you look at the success these teams have had the past 12 seasons, you can see just how bad each team is. But, the Browns have been worse.
Browns best season was 10-6 since 1999 and has posted a record of .500 or above only two times. In 2002 and 2007.
Bengals best season was 11-5 since 1999 and has posted a .500 record or above 5 times.
It shows you that while both teams aren't in a good situation, the Browns are in an even worse situation.
Plus, when you get drafted by Cleveland, you can't even live in the same city as your team is because the town is a sheethole.
So the Bengals have no quarterback to speak of? What about Andy Dalton?
I would much rather get drafted by the Bengals than the Browns.
When you're just talking about the Browns, you think of a horrible, shitastic team that is going nowhere but more losses added to their overall record. At least when you talk about the Bengals, there is some more respect added to them.
Cleveland is horrible, the Browns can't win and they're not going anywhere anytime fast.
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