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 10-25-2011, 05:03 PM         #1
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Complex 50 Worst Quarterbacks of All Time
 

 

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It’s said that the quarterback is the toughest position to play in sports—and the guys on this list give you a good idea why. Most of them had the tools to succeed in the NFL: height, cannon arms, even speed, but something—bad coaching, contract holdouts, just being dumb as a bag of rocks—held them back. A football team is usually only as good as its quarterback, and, with a few notable exceptions, these quarterbacks' teams weren't very good. If you're a longtime NFL fan, chances are a few of these guys have broken your heart already. Here are the 50 Worst Quarterbacks* in NFL History.

*Minimum 8 starts. So Andre Ware, Dan McGwire, and Kim McQuilken can rest easy. You were such failures they wouldn't even let you fail any more!

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5. David Carr

Years: 2002-present
Team(s): Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants
Drafted: 1st round, 1st overall (2002)
Career Games Started: 79

David Carr is still icing his injuries from his rookie season where he was sacked every other play (not literally, but the fact we had to actually tell you that let's you know how often he was on the turf that year). Pair that with an awkward sidearm release that the Texans went to great lengths to improve (setting up ladders for him to throw over) and you have a recipe for some bad quarterback play. As a first overall pick you would think a team would evaluate their soon to be franchise quarterback a little better (such as, "Are we gonna have to go to Home Depot to buy training tools for this kid?") but that's beside the point. Carr lost 14 times as the starter in 2005 and 12 times during his rookie season. Today he's sitting comfortably on the sideline for the New York Giants, paranoid to ever step into the pocket in a meaningful situation again.






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4. Akili Smith

Years: 1999-2004
Team(s): Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Drafted: 1st round, 3rd overall (1999)
Career Games Started: 17

The Bengals have been a mess for years, in no small part because once an organization drafts a quarterback, and that signal caller is a bust, it will set a team back three or four years. Akili Smith was drafted third overall and was known as a “combine guy” – great numbers, an exceptional forty time, and a huge arm. Akili Smith didn't amount to his numbers and he was out of the league by 2002. To add insult to injury, the Bengals could've turned his pick into as many as nine picks if they'd partnered with the Saints' Mike Ditka in his "Trade the Draft for Ricky Williams" gambit.







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3. Jack Trudeau

Years: 1986-1995
Team(s): Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Carolina Panthers
Drafted: 2nd round, 47th overall (1986)
Career Games Started: 49

The Colts were pretty bad back in the day to have to announce Trudeau as their offensive MVP in 1989 for throwing for 15 touchdowns at a thoroughly pedestrian quarterback rating of 71.3 (hey, it beat the 19.0 he'd put up in two starts the year before). Calvin Johnson has around 50 touchdowns this year and the season is only half over. Trudeau's rookie career he started off 0-11, throwing 18 interceptions and 8 TDs. He was able to hang around the league for 9 years but never had the success the Colts were hoping for when they drafted him. He did get arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 2007 after hosting a high school graduation party for his daughter. Cool dad, bad quarterback.







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2. Ryan Leaf


Years: 1998-2002
Team(s): San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks
Drafted: 1st round, 2nd overall (1998)
Career Games Started: 21

Everybody knows the story of Ryan Leaf blowing up on reporters, most notably in the locker room when he told a reporter to “Knock it off” among other choice words. Leaf was a lock to become an NFL star according to draft analysts and the separation between him and Peyton Manning was thought to be small, so choosing a quarterback in the '98 draft was simple: If a team didn't take Manning they would take Leaf and vice versa. Well the Chargers chose Leaf with their pick and the rest is history. In the third game of the season against the Chiefs, Leaf completed just one pass for four yards with a completion percentage of 6.7%, he also threw two picks and fumbled three times. Ryan Leaf off the field wasn't much better, most recently getting into trouble asking players that he was coaching at West Texas A&M for painkillers. Where would the Colts be today if they drafted Leaf and not Manning? Scary thought.






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1. Jamarcus Russell

Years: 2007-2009
Team(s): Oakland Raiders
Drafted: 1st round, 1st overall (2007)
Career Games Started: 25

He was supposed to be the savior of the struggling Raiders, who had seen the likes of Aaron Brooks, Daunte Culpepper and Andrew Walter try to return them to excellence -- an excellence that fans hadn't seen since the Rich Gannon days. Instead Jamarcus Russell accomplished something that many pigskin sages thought would not be possible: He became a bigger draft bust than Ryan Leaf. Turns out Russell was lazy and uncommitted to football (and maybe addicted to syrup), showing up for camp a few times overweight. He was probably doomed from the start, holding out into Week 1 of the regular season his rookie year. Jamarcus started a total of 25 games, putting up 18 touchdowns to 23 interceptions, "good" for a 7-18 record. Russell made his money and was content, a tough pill to swallow for Al Davis, but sad to say Lane Kiffin told you so.


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22 comments for "Complex 50 Worst Quarterbacks of All Time"

 7 years ago '05        #2
kingpin222 2 heat pts
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lmao I just knew my man would make it to #1. Swag out on em my n*gga
 10-25-2011, 05:12 PM         #3
Lukeshuel  OP
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GOAT swag
 7 years ago '05        #4
GUNIT-FINEST 
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i still say ryan was worst but its w.e
 7 years ago '10        #5
eightytyson06 39 heat pts39
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 kingpin222 said:
lmao I just knew my man would make it to #1. Swag out on em my n*gga
 7 years ago '05        #6
dahabi 90 heat pts90
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That mother fu*ker Akili smith...he was sooo bad
 7 years ago '04        #7
DJ Maximum|M 51 heat pts51
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 Hare Krishna said:
I BLAME THE SYSTEM/COACHES MORE THAN THESE QBs
 7 years ago '04        #8
Liquid-Science 28 heat pts28
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I'm shocked Heath Shuler isn't top 10

god damn...I ain't know Patrick Ramsey was still in the league
 7 years ago '04        #9
MosDefinition 19 heat pts19
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this list is sh*t there have been much worse qbs than jamarcus
 10-25-2011, 07:47 PM         #10
Braz  OP
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jp losman should be on this list
 7 years ago '05        #11
BronxBombers 195 heat pts195
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#1SwaG
 7 years ago '10        #12
Smoke500 37 heat pts37
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How is Ryan Leaf number 1? The dude was almost chosen over Peyton Manning...
 7 years ago '04        #13
HotBYoungTurk 13 heat pts13
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yes.. no browns..
 7 years ago '11        #14
RileyEsco 5 heat pts
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Even when he loses, he's wins.
 7 years ago '04        #15
finishim 80 heat pts80
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gonna go out on a limb and say every qb who's started for the bears is on this list
 7 years ago '04        #16
lilsnatch770|M 102 heat pts102
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They had a few weird QBs:

Trent Dilfer - Marc Bulger (A 6th rounder) - Jake Plummer - Derek Anderson (he was a 6th rounder)

Trust me, from a fan of a team who hasn't had a QB in AGES, I would take Dilfer, Plummer & Bulger over Trent Edwards & JP Losman (who was higher than these guys).

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lilsnatch770|M 102 heat pts102
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 brazidee said:
jp losman should be on this list
He's 16th

The J.P. Losman Motto: "fu*k It, Let's Throw Deep"

I think there is a Cutler shirt with something similar but Cutler is no where near as bad as Losman was.
 7 years ago '05        #18
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why they got my boy Schaub in the poster tho? :nasmad:
 7 years ago '11        #19
Backflipz 84 heat pts84
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Thats that n*gga
 7 years ago '11        #20
gOomba4lyfe 6 heat pts
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did all of the top 5 have to be from the AFC!!

i still hate you Ryan Leaf!
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