Like it or not, there’s no position more important on a football team than the quarterback. With a great quarterback, a team has a chance to beat anyone. With a lousy quarterback, a team will be sitting at home watching the playoffs, just like every other sports fan.
And then, there are the extreme versions of the latter – the worst of the worst, so to speak. We’ve identified the worst quarterback to start a single game for each NFL team over the past decade (since 2009). Trying to win with these guys under center was like the NFL equivalent of making chicken dinner with chicken “droppings” (if you catch our drift).
Arizona Cardinals: John Skelton (2010-2012)
John Skelton was the “fetch” of backup quarterbacks in Arizona — they kept trying to make him a thing, even though nobody wanted it to be a thing.
In the era after Kurt Warner retired and Matt Leinart busted, the quarterback carousel for the Arizona Cardinals included Skelton, who threw 25 interceptions in 17 starts, and had a 1-5 record as a starter in 2012.