The longest playoff drought in the NFL is in Buffalo where the Bills have gone since last century, 1999, since being in the post season. However, the Bucs and Jags are also among the five franchises who have gone the longest without making the playoffs with an equal nine season drought.
Last night on the NFL Network, analysts Willie McGinest and Brian Baldinger, were asked to give a quick opinion on which team out of the five would end the drought this upcoming season and here were their takes:
5 teams haven't been in at least 9 years.
Which team will break their playoff drought in 2017? https://t.co/nmnD3V2kOj
— NFL (@NFL) April 11, 2017
It should be noted that the Buccaneers were in the hunt under first year coach Dirk Koetter last December at 8-5 before losing two critical games at Dallas and at New Orleans, which all but eliminated them. The Bucs were also recently 10-6 under Coach Raheem Morris in 2010, but lost out on the final weekend on an NFC Wildcard spot via a tiebreaker.
As for Jacksonville, there were a lot of pundits/analysts that thought 2016 would be their breakout season, especially with the influx of young talent over the last three years. Alas, they got off to dismal start and head coach Gus Bradley was “dead man walking” for the last few weeks of the season until being fired with two games to go. There is no disputing that there are pieces there in North Florida to be much better.