Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/29/11
Just because a city in the United States has a professional football, team does not mean that the team actually needs to be there. For reasons such as overcrowding, bad areas for professional sports, or just poor teams, some NFL markets do not deserve a professional football team. The following is my list of five states or cities that do not deserve to have a NFL team.
 

Florida

Florida has been the backdrop for many college and professional football games however, why the NFL feels the need to have three teams in the state is beyond reason. Including the NFL there are nine professional sports teams in the state. Even in a big state or strong economy, having enough fans to support nine teams is difficult. Additionally, Jacksonville and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have dealt with multiple blackouts, due to not selling out games.

Out of the three professional football teams in Florida, Jacksonville has been the least successful. The team has reached the playoffs only twice following the 1999 season and has never reached the Super Bowl. Additionally, Jacksonville has failed to put any sort of quality team on the field, with only a few memorable players ever playing for the team.

With the relative success of the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers including six Super Bowl appearances, one wonders why the NFL felt the need to add a third team in the state of Florida.


Cleveland

The original, historic Cleveland Browns left in 1996, becoming the Baltimore Ravens. Despite winning the right to keep Cleveland’s historic records and stats, the new Cleveland Browns, have not continued a tradition of excellence.

The team currently on head coach number six, since returning to Cleveland in 1999, has had a revolving door of starting quarterbacks, starting with draft bust Tim Couch and currently has Colt McCoy as the primary starter. Additionally, the team has only made the playoffs once losing to the Pittsburg Steelers in the first round.
Cleveland fans deserve better, and things may have been different if the team had never left, and should still lament the day, Cleveland for Baltimore.


Minnesota

The Minnesota is another team with a history of success that is falling apart in the present. After being one game away from making to the Super Bowl with Brett Favre, things have not been good since. Brad Childress was fired part way through the 2010 season, and his successor Leslie Frasier has done little to turn the Vikings into winners.

One problem for Minnesota, since the departure of Favre, has been the quarterback position. After Favre’s departure, the team turned to Tarvaris Jackson, then to Donavan McNabb, and now rookie Christian Ponder is the starting quarterback.

Lastly, the Metrodome is all but falling apart, and the team is facing opposition in getting a new stadium. In addition, some rumors say the team might want to get out of Minnesota. If the Vikings did leave Minnesota, they might have an easier time getting a new stadium.


New York

It is ridiculous that the state of New York has affiliations with three NFL teams, yet only one of those teams actually plays home games in the state of New York. New York does not deserve three teams, because of the cruelness the situation seems to show toward the state of New Jersey.

For whatever reason people have negative images of the state of New Jersey. However, the state boasts other great sports teams including the New Jersey Nets and the New Jersey Devils. I understand that New York was persuaded to build a new stadium in New Jersey yet wanted to keep the name and history of the New York Giants. However, when there was a proposal for a new stadium, a couple of years ago, the stadium should have moved to New York. Alternatively, one team could have stayed in New Jersey and change their team name, while the other team moved to New York.

Overall, no state, area, or market needs three professional teams in the same sport, and something should have been done to put distance between the Giants and Jets.


Washington, DC

The fact of the matter is that Washington, DC is the nation’s capital; however, it is not a premier destination for professional sports. The Washington Redskins have not been to a Super Bowl since 1992 and in an attempt to win games; the team has tried to sign high-profile free agents, and big name head coaches.
Some of the names that come to mind are Deion Sanders, Albert Haynesworth, Steve Spurrier, and Mike Shanahan. However, the team has only been to the playoffs twice since 2000, and has a regular season record of 23-40, since their last playoff appearance.

With Shanahan unable to turn the Redskins around, and likely to be out as head coach soon, maybe a new coach can turn things around. Sports teams in the DC area are more commonly being associated with mediocrity, and maybe a change of venue for the Redskins could help.

To the fans of the Jaguars, Browns, Vikings, Giants, Jets, and Redskins, it is not your fault. The fault lies with bad decisions made by both the NFL and NFL owners. 
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