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'90 Patriots free-falling in season of discontent Problems continue to beset 1-12 team


HERNDON, Va. -- The owner was booed by the fans earlier this month. The general manager has read that he's on the verge of being replaced. The defensive coordinator walked out Tuesday. The tight end has been publicly branded a liar. The quarterback has a broken finger.

2 The NFL's worst seasons since the 1970 merger:

Team, year W-L-T

Tampa Bay, 1976 0-14-0

Baltimore, 1982 0-8-1

New Orleans, 1980 1-15-0

Dallas, 1989 1-15-0

Buffalo, 1971 1-13-0

Houston, 1973 1-13-0

How bad are the Patriots?

Out of 28 NFL teams:

* They rank 27th in total offense.

* They rank 27th in total defense.

* They rank 26th in rushing offense.

* They rank 28th in rushing defense.

* They rank 19th in passing offense.

* They rank 17th in passing defense.

* Their running backs have yet to gain 100 yards in a game this season.

* Their quarterbacks have yet to throw for 300 yards in a game.

* Their longest run from scrimmage was 29 yards by Marvin Allen.

* They've lost by 20 or more points six times, including the last

three games.

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