NFL 25 Dream Teams that ended up being failures: 1. 1982 San Francisco 49ers
The 1980s San Francisco 49ers is known as one of the best dynsties in sports. One of the best quarterbacks mixed with two franchise defining wide receivers (first Dwight Clark then Jerry Rice), and each of these teams had great running backs. The 1982 team had all the hits. Joe Montana was the quarterback who nobody wanted to face.
Then, the strike shortened the 1982 season. It really threw off the mojo of the 1982 team. They were coming off their first Super Bowl victory, but there was no time to ride that momentum the next season. The running game went from the best in the league to one of the worst. The defense never built chemistry, and it also went from one of the best in the league to one of the worst. Everything was going wrong, and the “birth of a dynasty” turned into a complete nightmare.
The 49ers won three games out of nine in the season. Bill Walsh’s crew never got going, and it was a lost season. Montana was still really good, but the 49ers couldn’t get it done at home. They lost every home game in the Bay Area.
This was the team with the biggest hype and the best roster that did absolutely nothing. The strike didn’t help. There was natural regression coming from some units. They tried a new running back who didn’t work. It was a lot of factors, but this team should have been better with the talent it had up and down the roster along with the amazing coaches on staff.