Contrary to the words of the immortal Ricky Bobby, if you’re not always first, you’re not always last. In fact, when you’re an NFL quarterback, you’re one of 32 individuals holding what is the most renowned — and most difficult — position in all of professional sports. So when you’re the best among this select group of 32 individuals, it’s definitely noteworthy.
But when you’re the worst? It’s also pretty noteworthy, considering you couldn’t beat out any of the other 31 guys who have the exact same job you do. That’s why we wanted to compile this list: to identify the worst quarterback in the NFL, in each and every season since the turn of the century.’
Without further delay, here are The Worst NFL Quarterbacks Every Year Since 2000.
2000: Jake Plummer, Arizona Cardinals
Jake “the Snake” Plummer was something of a local legend in the greater Phoenix area, after leading the Arizona State Sun Devils to a Pac-10 Championship and Rose Bowl appearance. So when the previously moribund Arizona Cardinals drafted him in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft, that caused a major buzz in the area.
But after a promising start to his NFL career, Plummer really struggled in 1999 and 2000. In the latter season, he threw for only 13 touchdowns and had 21 interceptions in only 14 games, with a 66.0 quarterback ranking. That was the worst among any quarterback who had started at least 12 games that year.