Any NFL fan is well aware of the fact that, no matter how much talent your favorite team might have, it doesn’t have any real hope of contending for anything if they don’t have an answer at quarterback.
To that end, consider this list as the guys who were the exact opposite of an answer at quarterback. These are the guys whom those aforementioned NFL fans would like to forget ever started for their favorite team – the worst quarterback to start for every single NFL team since the year 2000.
Two qualifiers to address before jumping into this list. First, a quarterback had to have started at least eight games in a given year to appear on this list. Second, we’re looking at the worst one-year performance of that quarterback; think of it like a year where a particular brand of wine was particularly bad or rancid. That wine might’ve been good otherwise, but that one year, there was a confluence of events that made it really terrible. Without further delay, away we go down “bad memory” lane…
#32. Arizona Cardinals, Derek Anderson (2010)
When Kurt Warner retired after the 2009 season, having led the Arizona Cardinals to back-to-back playoff appearances (including a Super Bowl appearance two seasons prior), the team again found themselves with a massive hole at the quarterback position. Arizona tried to use Anderson as a band-aid solution of sorts, but that certainly didn’t stop the bleeding.
Not only was Anderson benched twice in one season (in favor of rookie quarterback Max Hall both times), but he even got into a spat with one of the Cardinals’ reporters who questioned Anderson’s performance. Unsurprisingly, he was released after just one year in Arizona, in which he threw seven touchdowns but 10 interceptions, and finished with a 2-7 record as the Cardinals’ starter.
#31. Atlanta Falcons, Joey Harrington (2007)
After the bottom fell out for the Atlanta Falcons prior to the start of the 2007, when starting quarterback Michael Vick was suspended for the entire season due to his off-the-field transgressions, Harrington — who was signed to be Vick’s backup — was elevated to the starting role. Much like his story in Detroit, things didn’t go well for him in Atlanta, either.
In 10 games as a starter, he threw only seven touchdowns (along with eight interceptions). More importantly, he finished with a 3-7 record, and was one of the reasons Bobby Petrino ran right back to the college game after less than one year in the NFL.