As we reflect on what could have been a historic season in Miami, let's celebrate the worst teams to "compete" since the NFL adopted the 16-game schedule in 1978. None of these teams can match the futility of the expansion Buccaneers, who completed an imperfect 0-14 inaugural season in 1976 and went on to lose their first 12 games of 1977. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=imperfection/071217 12. 1990 New England Patriots Kurt Snibbe Record: 1-15 (won second game) Synopsis: Now we begin discussing teams that truly had a great opportunity to achieve 0-16, but lost their focus early in the season. Under coach Rod Rust, the Pats lost 11 games by at least 13 points and six games by 20 or more points. But they had to go and win in Week 2 ‚Ä¶ by a mere two points in Indianapolis over a Colts team coached by former Pats coach Ron Meyer. The Pats were a well-balanced team, stinking equally on both sides of the ball. The defense ranked 27th in points and yards (out of 28 teams). The offense ranked 26th in yardage and 28th in points, scoring 47 fewer points than the next-to-worst scoring offense. The quest ends: The quest was derailed in the second game, when the Pats' defense allowed just 207 yards and forced five takeaways -- including four picks by rookie Jeff George. Still, New England eked out only a 16-14 win behind veteran QB Steve Grogan. Quotable: "It feels good," Rust told The Boston Globe. "But I don't look upon it as my first NFL [victory]. I see it as the first win of the season for the Patriots." Unbeknownst to Rust, the Pats wouldn't win again that season, nor would he win another game as an NFL head coach.