Which NFL departure was the most surprising?

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Inspired by the surprise decision of Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz to resign fewer than two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup, Tuesday’s PFT Live draft looked at the biggest NFL surprise departures.

Three rounds, two picks each. Stats named a winner. He was wrong, and Twitter has let him know it.

You can let him know it, too. But, first, check out the video. Then give Stats an earful (or at least an eyeful) in the comments.

Also, feel free to tell us what we missed. Because we usually miss something. Especially with only three rounds.

27 responses to “Which NFL departure was the most surprising?

  1. Not quite the star power of Barry Sanders but within that same division, Minnesota RB Robert Smith abrupt retirement was a shock at the time.

  2. If going team by team, id say Doug Marrone is a good choice for the Bills. Gave the team their first winning record in a decade and worked well with ownership. He had a contentious relationship with the GM, but despite that they seemed to work well together. Instead he pulled the plug, absconded with $4 million in contract bonuses, tried to find another HC job, failed and ended up as an OL coach serving under his OC for 2 years.

    NFL wide, you have to include Belly resigning on the Jets after a day

  3. I was surprised Peyton Manning retired while he was still growing into his forehead.

  4. I was inclined to say Maroon but I forgot about Bill Walsh.

    And who else has ever resigned via a napkin? (Bellychick)

    How many have cried while announcing they’ve resigned? (Vermeil)

  5. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    June 19, 2018 at 12:15 pm
    The most surprising departure I’ve ever seen was a Packer fan leaving a bar under his own power.
    _____________________

    Or a Viking fan departing the dinner table with their knife and fork still intact.

  6. My vote is not for a player or a coach, but an entire team. Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis in the middle of the night.

  7. Jimmy Brown. Had the weather held & the Dirty Dozen not fallen behind schedule and Art Modell not refused his request to appear late for training camp, he would not have retired. He certainly had more ” gas in his tank.”

  8. wafflestomp says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    June 19, 2018 at 12:15 pm
    The most surprising departure I’ve ever seen was a Packer fan leaving a bar under his own power.
    _____________________

    Or a Viking fan departing the dinner table with their knife and fork still intact.
    _____

    That would be hilarious if Minnesota weren’t ranked 42nd in obesity rate while Wisconsin is ranked 15th. Nice try, though.

  9. Trotz has acquired a significant tan, if that photo is any indication!

    Seriously, who is that and why is his photo in an article based on Trotz’s retirement?

  10. wafflestomp says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    June 19, 2018 at 12:15 pm
    The most surprising departure I’ve ever seen was a Packer fan leaving a bar under his own power.
    _____________________

    Or a Viking fan departing the dinner table with their knife and fork still intact.
    _____

    That would be hilarious if Minnesota weren’t ranked 42nd in obesity rate while Wisconsin is ranked 15th. Nice try, though.
    ____________________

    Sorry, but I’ve been to Minnesota frequently enough to have enough anecdotal evidence to back up my statement.

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