2015: Peyton Manning (WORST)
Why He’s Here: Two years after Manning put together arguably the greatest season a quarterback ever had, he was arguably the worst in the game. Part of the problem is that Manning created such high expectations for himself that he’s judged differently from other quarterbacks. But nine touchdowns to 17 interceptions isn’t acceptable for any NFL quarterback. To say he was a shadow of his former self would almost be overstating his performance. Manning didn’t look like himself and didn’t have much left in the tank at this point. Also, he barely got his job back from Brock Osweiler at the end of the season, as it took a series of turnovers in Week 17 that weren’t really Osweiler’s fault for the Broncos to go back to Manning.
Team Success: Despite Manning’s poor play, he was able to go out on top with a Super Bowl win. The Broncos went 12-4 behind a historically great defense. They were even good enough to go 5-2 in games Osweiler started. To his credit, Manning did enough, but it was the Denver defense that was largely responsible for beating the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game and the Panthers in the Super Bowl.
By the Numbers: Completed 198 of 331 passes (59.8%) for 2,249 yards with nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions.