History says Vikings should temper expectations for Josh Freeman

Tuesday October 8th, 2013
Bernie Kosar joined Dallas in Week 11 of the 1993 season after he was released by the Browns.
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Layne's 2,510 yards passing ranked second in the league that season, and his 17.6 yards per completion and 8.7 yards per attempt were tops in the NFL. The Steelers, however, never really got over the hump with Layne at quarterback, going just 27-22-2 with him as a starter from 1958-62 and not making the playoffs until 1972. The Lions arguably fared much worse, of course, as Layne famously cursed them with a 50-year championship drought on his way out of town. The "Curse of Bobby Layne'' is thought to be a hoax, but then again, Detroit is just 1-11 in the playoffs since he left for Pittsburgh, and still have never made the Super Bowl.

But those were the glory days for Walsh as a Saint. He hung around long enough to start a total of 19 games in three seasons (10-9 record), but eventually got beat out for the No. 1 job by Bobby Hebert. For New Orleans, the deal was a lot to give up for the honor of a .500 season and a first-round NFC playoff loss to Chicago in 1990.

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