Jack Pardee (Tennessee Titans)
The Houston Oilers teams of the early 1990s might be considered some of the most underachieving in NFL history. That’s not an over-exaggeration. They were stacked with talent on both sides of the ball. Warren Moon, Bruce Matthews, Haywood Jeffires, Mike Munchak, and Ernest Givens on offense. Ray Childress, Al Smith, Cris Dishman, and William Fuller on defense. That’s a staggering collection of Hall of Fame and Pro Bowl players.
So for Jack Pardee to fail to even reach a conference championship game in his five seasons as head coach is a testament to how poorly he did his job. The teams became synonymous for two things during that period: locker room dysfunction and painful playoff collapses. They were the team infamous for allowing the greatest comeback in NFL history, taking a 35-3 lead in the 1992 playoffs over Buffalo only to lose 41-38.
Pardee never coached again after being fired midway through the 1994 season.