The Top 10 Worst Quarterbacks In The NFL Today

By Seth Carson
January 29, 2013 10:57 am
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Kevin Kolb 10)  Kevin Kolb - Arizona Cardinals

The team is a wreck mostly in part to not having a true quarterback to lead the team. Kolb has yet to show the highly-touted performances the Eagles boasted before the kid went to Arizona. 

Kolb has a noodle arm, pan dead accuracy, and less agility than his backup, who isn't worthy of miking this list, because I didn't have room for 11. 

The Cardinals are pretty much stuck in a revolving door until they can sign or draft a real QB, and flush the other two, primarily Kolb out of town.

9)  Blaine Gabbert - Jacksonville Jaguars

Why haven't the Jaguars cut this kids already? He has no intangibles that can help this team win, he has good arm strength but cant make the simplest of reads, and his accuracy is horrible. I'll get to writing about signing Tebow later on, but he's not worth another experiment -- draft a kid that can play (Nassib) in the 2nd round and ditch these duds that are killing this team offensively.

8)  Brandon Weeden - Cleveland Browns

This isn't going to sit well with the folks in my hometown, but despite the much improved linemen giving Weeden more time, he still managed to change nothing before the season started, and little else by its ending. 

Weeden had a solid arm, but his accuracy needs improving, also he needs to learn how to make better reads, and utilizing the proper look-offs to find the open man. He stares down his target, thus threw more picks than touchdowns again the season. The Browns have one more year with the Weeden experiment and it's onto someone new, not named Colt McCoy.

7)  Jake Locker - Tennessee Titans

Nothing about this kid thrills me. One game he looks like he may be the next big thing, then shoots his own foot the following week. Locker had this season to prove he's the man in Tennessee, but he is too prone to mistakes and hesitates where they need him to stand up and deliver. He just doen't seem to have the courage to make a long career at the level.

(6)  Michael Vick - Philadelphia Eagles

Props to the Eagles for being the team to give the dog brawler a second chance. Unfortunately, Vick couldn't even become a show of his former self, and that shadow took off with his confidence last season and never came back. I cant find any reason he should remain a starter, let alone an Eagle, with Andy Reid now being in Kansas City. We might just be seeing his grand exit from the NFL.

 

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14 months ago
Good stuff, Seth. Jay Cutler would be on my list.
14 months ago

Thanks Mike.
14 months ago
Any starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Yucks is bound to be a bust!!
14 months ago
Freeman had a terrific year, so my steak of picking on the Bucs came to an end. At least on this year's list. ;)
14 months ago

NO fair... the Jets get 2 picks in here... comeonn at least one Yuck should have made it!! LOL
14 months ago

Freeman was better than the entire Jets roster of quarterbacks. I couldn't do it, Freeman had one hell of a season.
14 months ago

OK... I'll grant you that, the Jets really were garbage this season!
14 months ago

Garbage is an understatement, they were cursed. They need to get rid of all 3 QBs, but Sanchez has a boated contract, so he wont be easy to move, he's a backup on any other team.
14 months ago
Pretty controversial article. Can't say I agree with all of the choices, but it should spark some debate.
14 months ago

It should spark one, I welcome all forms of feedback!
14 months ago

Like, which part? Don't tell me you're a Tebow supporter!?!?!?
14 months ago

What's wrong with supporting your favorite player, even if it's Tim Tebow?
14 months ago
I would live so happy for the rest of my life without hearing anything else EVER about Tebow or any of his *ing ending words!
14 months ago

He never should have been drafted in the first place! He's a situational QB that doesn't have the ability to play every offensive down for an entire game with a great rate of success.
14 months ago
Decent list Seth, but c'mon! Any list of the worst quarterbacks has to include Matt Cassel.
14 months ago

LOL, he's out with Geno Smith as the top pick. I'd be shooting fish in a barrel, just too easy. I decided to be a bit more creative. But you do have a valid point. Just too easy, dont like kicking a man when he's already being buried.
14 months ago
Ok, I know I don't have much football knowledge, but have ANY Browns QB EVER been any good? I know Weeden was as accurate as a drunk in a bathroom... and in my opinion after Vick's legal problems he should have never attempted to come back. Too much bad juju followed him...
14 months ago

Browns had Brian Sipe, one of the better QBs of that era. Think of it this way with Weeden, at least the drunk found the bathroom, if you get my meaning. Vick's game was the same after he was released from the can, the Eagles took a chance on him and it didn't pay off. Another good Browns QB was Bernie Kosar. His sidearm throw was so annoying yet it worked very well. Hope that helped, any more questions or comments pertaining to this article feel free to drop one in peeps.
14 months ago
You have Romo as the third worst QB in the league ? I find that a bit of a stretch. This was the first time since 2008 that he threw for more then 10 interceptions in a season, last year his ratio was 3:1. He has one of the worst O-lines in the game, every big play by Dallas starts with him escaping a tackle, he made Laurant Robinson look like a superstar last year. The Dallas offense was also quite predictable, the set a franchise record for fewest rushing yards in a season. I know you stated that he loses the big games, and he was awful vs the Skins at the end of the season, but that is a problem with the organization, nobody had a great game. He did well vs te Saints, the Bengals and the Steelers, all of those were pretty big games. The guy has to work some things out, but he is not the 3rd worse QB in te NFL.
14 months ago

I love this response! Very detailed, per disagreement, but also kept it very respectful! I appreciate that Robert. Romo needing to workout some kinks this late into his career is not a good thing. His performance reflects upon the leadership above him, so I dont call that into question at all. However, he is still responsible for his throws and lousy plays on the field, for instance, the coach didnt throw the pick that cost the Skins game, Romo threw it. Undersized line or not, he's responsible for the choice of throws he makes, whether it be 3:1 which isnt this season as you mentioned, or tossing away every big game. A Troy Aikman he is not, and given his performance this season, he's the 3rd lousiest QB in the league. The relevance is "NOW" as in "This year (2012 season)." Only Tebow and Sanchez did worse this season, and they do reflect the terrible leadership above them too. They just weren't, as you pointed out, playing to the level of Romo. I appreciate your disagreement, but must humbly disagree myself with your conclusion, he was the 3rd worst QB this season, but hey... at least he wasnt #2 or #1!!!
14 months ago

I love a good sports debate and usually I have seen that people get angry when they run out of logic. I respect your opinion. I liked Troy Aikman, but I am not sure he, not any other great pocket passig QB (Short of Rodgers who is mobile) would survive behind the Dallas O-Line. Dallas had no answer for the Redskins blitz in that game. I still think Romo would be persued by many teams as a starter, buffalo, Tennessee, Kansas City, Arizona, Philly, Miami , minnesotta, Jacksonville, the Jets, Cleavland, etc. I also think is he was on different rosters, he would beat out other QBs.
14 months ago

You support him and I'm down with that. He should be pursued but with a high risk tag involved. No team is going to offer him mega money cause he comes with the "Use As is" designation. Many great QBs at one time or another didnt have a great offensive line, they used their own wits and logic to make the best play and not rush or force a turnover. Romo just cant handle pressure, period. Anytime he gets pressured his accuracy rate for throwing a pick increases by 125%. A QB has to learn to play under pressure, but the cop out can't always be "its the offensive line's fault," sometimes the QB deserves the blame, and this season's fell on Romo. He's getting up there in years and the Cowboys would best to get a young kid developing now, cause Romo's on the downside of his career, which in comparison to Aikman's, well, even Aikman had O-Line troubles, but he made far better reads and didnt force the throws. I'm with you on the blame shift thing, but only one person is responsible for Romo's choice making when throwing, and that's Romo himself. The coach calls the plays, he has to make the best decision that wont hurt the team via turnovers. This season Romo flubbed it up. I wish I could ownership of his choice of throws to someone else, but nobody else threw those but him. Terrible O-line, terrible coach, terrible call, but ultimately it all comes down to terrible throws from a terrible QB this season.
14 months ago

Haha I really can not argue with a single word you just said in that paragraph.
14 months ago

Thanks, and cheers!
14 months ago

And this is supposed to make me think he is so awesome, how? I don't know, personally when someone comes out as the second coming of Favre then we'll have a conversation. Personally Romomo doesn't even TOUCH Favre's ankles in anything he has done! And no, he doesn't deserve 3rd worse, 2nd...maybe...
14 months ago

It's a bit unfair to compare Romo with Favre, that's like comparing Buster Douglass To Ali, there's just no comparison possible. For Romo, I would have been ok if you had mention Steve Grogan, because Romo is far better, but Favre? Favre and Romo is not a fair comparison, they are leagues apart. Since comparing Aikman and Romo, which do you feel is the best of these two QBs?
14 months ago

I think Aikman, but then again, that's a bit biased of me since I just don't like Romomo... I think he was over hyped, just an average to below average QB who got a little too much media exposure. I did a little research and everyone says Romo stats are better than Aikman's but from what I see untill Romo displays the leadership and quality of play like Aikman did (Superbowl) Aikman is still a better QB by far and Romo is still just average, at best.
14 months ago

I guess I just dont understand your nonacceptance of Romo. Average to below average is a mark even I completely disagree with, but I respect and appreciate your response. I would agree he was average last season (2012), but for his entire career? Jessica Simpson wasn't all that.
14 months ago

I just think that a player should be known PRIMARILY based on his performance and ability to do their jobs, not who they date or anything of the sorts. Just saying...
14 months ago
I have a few quarterbacks that I would put ahead of Romo for this list Seth. The first is Ryan Fitzpatrick in Buffalo. He is a five win quarterback if I've ever seen one. He has potential, but his gunslinger mentality gets in his way of making sound decisions. Another would be whoever is under center for the Chiefs. I did read where you mentioned they would be taking Gino Smith first-overall, but that is highly unlikely. Smith is not a #1 talent and I just can't see Andy Reid going out on an uncertain and unproven limb like that. I would expect to see a guy like Alex Smith or even a reunion with Vick, before I could envision them drafting Gino. I expect the Chiefs to trade out of the #1 spot to pick up more draft picks. They have a lot of holes to fill and a hit-or-miss QB at #1 isn't the way to start.
14 months ago

I appreciate your response Aaron. As I said earlier abut Cassel, I dont enjoy kicking a man who's already being buried. NOw on who the Chiefs draft is for another topic of discussion, this was as it relates to this past (2012) season. I appreciate you voicing Cassel should have been included, but he wasnt, nor was Fitz. That's what the comment section here is for, I appreciate anyone adding names they feel were left off the list or should have been added onto it. Cassel and Fitzpartick, now why should they be on the list? The least you could do is offer up a sound logical reason. The same with why the Chiefs who need a franchise QB wouldnt select the top QB in the draft? Offer me up something, cause Alex Smith barely missed my list too.
14 months ago

Alright Seth. If you want some stats to back up my disagreement with you placing Romo third, here you go.
Romo finished 8-8 with a 65.6% comp. pct, 4,903 yards, 28 TD and 19 INT. He is 55-38 in his career with a 64.7% comp. pct and nearly a 2:1 TD (177) to INT (91) ratio.
Now compare that to Ryan Fitzpatrick who is nowhere to be found on this list. Last year, Fitz was 6-10 with a 60.6% comp. pct, 3400 yards, 24 TD and 16 INT. For his career, he is 23-41-1 with a 59.5% comp. pct and nearly a 1:1 TD (92) to INT (81) ratio.
And if you are going to include a back-up quarterback like Tim Tebow #2, who saw very limited action, only 8 pass attempts, how can you just say that the Chiefs suffered enough and not include Cassel.
Cassel was 1-7 with a 58.1% comp. pct 1796 yards, 6 TD and 12 INT. I mean come on, he got replaced by Brady Quinn and being a Browns fan, you know how bad Quinn is.
I don't mean to pile on, but I agree with G about Ponder too. He had no receivers to throw to and he did a hell of a better job than Kevin Kolb, Gabbert, Weeden, Locker and Tannehill. You need only look at the fact that his team made the playoffs without a #1 receiver. With or without Harvin doesn't matter, he was flat out better. Speaking of the receiving corps, the Browns have the better receivers of the two teams. They had three players with 50+ catches (T. Rich, Little, Gordon) and Watson had 49. If Weeden could've been more accurate they would have excelled even more. I agree the Browns could use a big play-maker at WR, but they aren't worse than the Vikes who only had two players with 50+ catches and one of them was Harvin with 62 and he only played in nine games.
Now, for the Chiefs selecting a QB first-overall, it isn't happening. This is not a good draft for QB's and Andy Reid will not spend the money on a mediocre guy. I listen to NFL analysts and NFL guys who are widely respected throughout the league and they are all saying the same thing. The Chiefs have too many holes to fill, to draft a QB first. They will trade out and pick up an extra pick or two. If for some unforeseen reason I am wrong about that, I will give you big props.
14 months ago

Thanks Aaron. Yeah, I should have had Cassel on the list now that you mentioned these numbers.
14 months ago
Christian Ponder obviously had an up and down year, and it's entirely possible he'll be out of the league in three years (it's also entirely possible that he'll be a good starting quarterback) but you don't justify his inclusion on the list. He is the only quarterback here whose team made the playoffs, and while Adrian Peterson obviously carried the Vikings, it's a simple fact that Ponder helped them get there (and we saw what happened when he played against Green Bay vs. when he was out one week later in the playoffs).

During a stretch mid-late season Ponder looked awful, but he played well the first six weeks and closed out the season's final four games (all wins) well, with the must-win-game against Green Bay in Week 17 being the best of his career. If he was really the "fourth worst" quarterback in the league, Ponder wouldn't have won what amounted to a playoff-like shootout with Aaron Rodgers by throwing for 234 yards, 3 TDs, no picks, and a 120 passer rating. That was clutch. To say that he is a worse quarterback than Kevin Kolb and Blaine Gabbert where those guys all were at the end of the season is pretty absurd.

When you say that Ponder "has the receiving corps to make better plays" it makes me think you simply are not that familiar with the Vikings. Once Percy Harvin went out for the season--which, not incidentally, coincided with Ponder's play becoming really bad--the Vikings receiving corps was one of if not the worst in the league, a collection of guys who can't get separation (except for some flashes from rookie Jarius Wright) and who wouldn't even be the fourth receiver on most NFL teams. Other than his tight end, Ponder basically had no one to throw to the last half of the season--this fact was widely noted basically everywhere and routinely mention as a huge factor in the Vikings terrible pass offense, along with some very shoddy play from Ponder himself across 5-6 games.

I have a feeling you threw him in where you did to be contrarian, and while you could easily make an argument for him being somewhere around number 8-10, saying he is the fourth worst isn't a defensible position (same argument applies to Romo, but that argument has already been made and far be it from me to defend any Dallas Cowboy!).
14 months ago

Thanks for your response G. I knew it was going to be a bit controversial and the ranking not all agreed with, but that's what makes it interesting. Sure, Ponder in your case should have been ranked higher, but in my case he isnt. Despite the injuries I felt he still had a capable receiving unit, but as you said, it was an up and down year for Ponder, I stand by my rankings but fully appreciate and respect your response and point of view!
14 months ago

I wouldn't say there was any absurdity involved, just that you disagree, which you are welcome to do, I like a good debate the same as anyone else, but I think he deserved his ranking.
14 months ago

I'm all for differences of opinion, but it's also good to make a good argument. One what basis do you argue that the Vikings had "a capable receiving unit" without Percy Harvin? Not to be all snide about it, but I think you are literally the first person I have ever heard make that statement. Michael Jenkins, Devin Aromashodu, Stephen Burton--there's a very good chance they are all out of the NFL next year. Jerome Simpson was at least semi-hurt most of the year, dropped a lot of balls, and generally had a terrible season. If he doesn't bounce back pretty quick next year--most likely not on the Vikings--he's probably out of of the NFL in spite of his obvious natural ability. Harvin was out almost half-the season, yet he STILL led the team in receiving. Jenkins was a distant second with 40 receptions, 449 yards and 2 TDS--the dude played in every game. While he was the "best" after Percy, his numbers suck because the guy basically can't run anymore. On many NFL teams, none of these other-than-Percy guys make the roster, and Jarius Wright--who is a decent prospect--probably would have been inactive the whole season.

So what's your specific rationale for why this band of receivers is "capable?" You are basically saying "that's what I think, you think something different"--a truism in this context--but what's the basis?

Similarly, while "absurd" is a strong word, I think it's not inappropriate to characterize your decision to put Blaine Gabbert, for example, as a better QB than Ponder in those terms. Gabbert had a bad year and his team was terrible, Ponder had a mediocre (or slightly below mediocre) year and got his team into the playoffs. The Jags are no doubt looking at other options in terms of a starting QB, the Vikes are just looking for a better backup since Joe Webb is obviously inadequate. So why, for you, is Gabbert better than Ponder, since on all statistical measures and on the basis of team record one would say that he isn't?

Not trying to have a go at you here--it's fun to argue!--I'm just hoping you can articulate some specific points to support your case, rather than saying "I think he deserved his ranking," which is merely an assertion, not an argument.
14 months ago

No worries. My reasoning and rationale are very simple, lol, I'm a Browns fan and know what an incapable set of receivers is all about. We have yet to form one good core since 1999, and this season only due to our 2nd round pick from the upcoming draft, but his numbers are nothing to write home about. The Vikings receivers even without Harvin is still better than ours as a collective unit. I wish all but Josh Gordon was flushed before next season, lol. So, as you can see I know a terrible receiving core when I see it, and I see the Vikings having a "capable" receiving core, not a good, great nor top notch one, but capable. I feel your pain as a fan, trust me!
14 months ago

The thing is that the Brown's receivers make the rest of the NFL receivers look absolutely fantastic!
14 months ago

Exactly! No wonder I sparked this debate, looking at the league through the eyes of a browns fan is not a good thing, cause every other team looks untouchable in comparison. Thus, a crappy receiving core appears "capable" lol
14 months ago
Now why do you have Ponder so low on your list? He should be, if at all, #10. He did better than any of those other bozos on there! Just my opinion...
14 months ago

Oh boy, here we go... suppose I should have switch Ponder with Kolb. Thanks for you response. Sheesh, Vikings fans.

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