Rams Could Finish As Worst Defending Super Bowl Champion Ever With Another Loss

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Who says the Los Angeles Rams don’t have anything to play for this week?

The Rams have a chance to not finish with the worst record in NFL history by a defending Super Bowl champion with a win over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday.

There have been 56 Super Bowl winners, of those 56, 11 teams didn’t finish the next season with a winning record.

The Rams are chasing the ghosts of the 1982 San Francisco 49ers, who finished 3-6 in 1982. That was a year where an NFL players strike limited the season to nine games. 3-6 equals a .333 winning percentage.

The Rams are 5-11, a .313 winning percentage, a loss to Seattle, and it will be the worst season ever for a defending Super Bowl champ. A win? They’ll just eek past the 1982 49ers on winning percentage.

How Did This Happen To The Rams?

My pre-season prediction was for the Rams to finish 11-6, 12-5, but you know you make every pre-season prediction thinking everyone would be healthy all year, because coming into the year, that’s what everyone is.

The Rams’ entire offensive line got hurt. Allen Robinson II didn’t become a big threat on the outside. Cooper Kupp got hurt. Matthew Stafford got hurt. Cam Akers got sent home. Aaron Donald got hurt.

I’m not one who preaches about draft picks value and all that stuff, but the Rams were not a deep team because of the trades they’ve made over the years. The offensive line was bad, and the backups were worse.

You can’t win games in the NFL if you can’t protect your quarterback and run the ball at least a little bit. The Rams couldn’t do either early in the year and here we are.

What Happened To The Other Super Bowl Champs?

Of the 10 Super Bowl champs before the Rams to not have a winning record, some of the reasons are obvious. The team got old. Maybe the coach or a key player or two retired. A couple of times there was a quarterback controversy that hovered over the team.

It’s almost like the Rams check every box. Odell Beckham Jr. never came back. Andrew Whitworth retired. The team suddenly looked old, and now at the end of the season, we have a little bit of a quarterback controversy with Baker Mayfield.

Let’s break down the other losing Super Bowl Champs:

1982 San Francisco 49ers

Record: 3-6

What happened? This one is hard to figure. The Niners still had Joe Montana at quarterback, but they were 0-2 at the time of the NFL strike. However, looks are deceiving. They lost six games by a total of 27 points and a few years later they were back to winning Super Bowls.

1999 Denver Broncos

Record: 6-10

What happened? John Elway retired after two Super Bowl titles…and Brian Griese wasn’t it. They started 0-4 and star running back Terrell Davis got hurt and was never the same.

1968 Green Bay Packers

Record: 6-7-1

What happened? Vince Lombardi retired and promoted milquetoast Phil Bengston as new coach. The Packers got old in a hurry after winning the first two Super Bowls.

1987 New York Giants

Record: 6-9

What happened? The strike zapped the Giants’ momentum after winning the Super Bowl. They were 0-2, then fielded a horrible scab team, so that when the real Giants returned, they were 0-5 and already done.

2003 Tampa Bay Bucs

Record: 7-9

What happened? There are some games that just alter a franchise. The Bucs were still riding high until they blew a 35-14 lead to a young Peyton Manning and the Colts on Monday Night Football in the final four minutes. QB Brad Johnson was not the same and threw 21 interceptions.

1988 Washington

Record: 7-9

What happened? Coach Joe Gibbs couldn’t figure out the quarterback situation with either Doug Williams, who had been the Super Bowl hero, or Mark Rypien.

1981 Oakland Raiders

Record: 7-9

What happened? Off-field issues, namely, the Raiders were moving to Los Angeles. Somehow the Raiders were shut out three straight weeks in the middle of the season. Can you imagine that in today’s NFL?

2013 Baltimore Ravens

Record: 8-8

What happened? Ray Lewis retired and the Ravens made the curious move to basically let everyone go in free agency. Joe Flacco threw 22 interceptions.

2006 Pittsburgh Steelers

Record: 8-8

What happened? Off-field issues, again. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was living large. He got into a bad motorcycle accident, then had an appendectomy just before the season started, then it seemed like he played most of the year with a concussion. Coach Bill Cowher retired at season’s end.

1991 New York Giants

Record: 8-8

What happened? Bill Parcells retired and for some reason, the Giants didn’t promote their young defensive coordinator named Bill Belichick to head coach. They also had a QB controversy with Phil Simms and Jeff Hostetler and neither one was good.

Every Super Bowl Champion And Record Next Year

  • Super Bowl 1: Packers
  • Record next season (1967):  9-4-1, Won Super Bowl
  • Super Bowl 2: Packers
  • Record next season (1968): 6-7-1
  • Super Bowl 3: NY Jets
  • Record next season (1969): 10-4
  • Super Bowl 4: Chiefs
  • Record next season (1970): 7-5-2
  • Super Bowl 5: Baltimore Colts
  • Record next season (1971): 10-4
  • Super Bowl 6: Cowboys
  • Record next season (1972): 10-4
  • Super Bowl 7: Dolphins
  • Record next season (1973): 12-2, Won Super Bowl
  • Super Bowl 8: Dolphins
  • Record next season (1974): 11-3
  • Super Bowl 9: Steelers
  • Record next season (1975): 12-2, Won Super Bowl
  • Super Bowl 10: Steelers
  • Record next season (1976): 10-4
  • Super Bowl 11: Oakland Raiders
  • Record next season (1977): 11-3
  • Super Bowl 12: Cowboys
  • Record next season (1978): 12-4
  • Super Bowl 13: Steelers
  • Record next season (1979): 12-4, Won Super Bowl
  • Super Bowl 14: Steelers
  • Record next season (1980): 9-7
  • Super Bowl 15: Oakland Raiders
  • Record next season (1981): 7-9
  • Super Bowl 16: 49ers
  • Record next season (1982): 3-6
  • Super Bowl 17: Washington Redskins
  • Record next season (1983): 14-2
  • Super Bowl 18: Los Angeles Raiders
  • Record next season (1984): 11-5
  • Super Bowl 19: 49ers
  • Record next season (1985): 10-6
  • Super Bowl 20: Bears
  • Record next season (1986): 14-2
  • Super Bowl 21: NY Giants
  • Record next season (1987): 6-9
  • Super Bowl 22: Washington Redskins
  • Record next season (1988): 7-9
  • Super Bowl 23: 49ers
  • Record next season (1989): 14-2, Won Super Bowl
  • Super Bowl 24: 49ers
  • Record next season (1990): 14-2
  • Super Bowl 25: NY Giants  
  • Record next season (1991): 8-8
  • Super Bowl 26: Washington Redskins
  • Record next season (1992): 9-7
  • Super Bowl 27: Cowboys
  • Record next season (1993): 12-4, Won Super Bowl
  • Super Bowl 28: Cowboys
  • Record next season (1994): 12-4
  • Super Bowl 29: 49ers
  • Record next season (1995): 11-5
  • Super Bowl 30: Cowboys
  • Record next season (1996): 10-6
  • Super Bowl 31: Packers
  • Record next season (1997): 13-3
  • Super Bowl 32: Broncos
  • Record next season (1998): 14-2, Won Super Bowl
  • Super Bowl 33: Broncos
  • Record next season (1999): 6-10
  • Super Bowl 34: St. Louis Rams
  • Record next season (2000): 10-6
  • Super Bowl 35: Baltimore Ravens
  • Record next season (2001): 10-6
  • Super Bowl 36: NE Patriots
  • Record next season (2002): 9-7
  • Super Bowl 37: Tampa Bay
  • Record next season (2003): 7-9
  • Super Bowl 38: NE Patriots
  • Record next season (2004): 14-2, Won Super Bowl
  • Super Bowl 39: NE Patriots
  • Record next season (2005): 10-6
  • Super Bowl 40: Steelers
  • Record next season (2006): 8-8
  • Super Bowl 41: Indianapolis Colts
  • Record next season (2007): 13-3
  • Super Bowl 42: NY Giants
  • Record next season (2008): 12-4
  • Super Bowl 43: Steelers
  • Record next season (2009): 9-7
  • Super Bowl 44: NO Saints
  • Record next season (2010): 11-5
  • Super Bowl 45: Packers
  • Record next season (2011): 15-1
  • Super Bowl 46: NY Giants
  • Record next season (2012): 9-7
  • Super Bowl 47: Baltimore Ravens
  • Record next season (2013): 8-8
  • Super Bowl 48: Seattle Seahawks
  • Record next season (2014): 12-4
  • Super Bowl 49: NE Patriots
  • Record next season (2015): 12-4
  • Super Bowl 50: Broncos
  • Record next season (2016): 9-7
  • Super Bowl 51: NE Patriots
  • Record next season (2017): 13-3
  • Super Bowl 52: Philadelphia Eagles
  • Record next season (2018): 9-7
  • Super Bowl 53: NE Patriots
  • Record next season (2019): 12-4
  • Super Bowl 54: Chiefs
  • Record next season (2020): 14-2
  • Super Bowl 55: Tampa Bay
  • Record next season (2021): 13-4
  • Super Bowl 56: Los Angeles Rams
  • Record next season (2022): 5-11