Tony Romo and the NFL Quarterbacks Who Failed in 2011

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 4, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off of the field after losing against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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When you're a starting quarterback in the NFL, there are big things expected out of you. However, not everything goes your way—and in some cases, nothing goes your way. 

In 2011, we saw some quarterbacks simply fail. These quarterbacks certainly had their chances to succeed one way or the other—whether it was leading their team the playoffs, improving numbers or being a better leader.

In that spirit, let's take a look at the quarterbacks that failed in the 2011 NFL season.

Mark Sanchez

How could this guy not be on this list? In my opinion, Mark Sanchez could very well be on his way out of New York as he has yet to improve as the Jets starting quarterback.

For the first time in Sanchez's three-year career, he is not going to be playing in the playoffs as his Jets failed to qualify for the postseason—and a lot of it is Sanchez's fault. 

Sanchez posted a mediocre 78.2 quarterback rating while completing 56.7 percent of his passes and throwing 26 touchdowns while being picked off a pitiful 18 times. 

If Sanchez were ever on the hot seat, he's on it now more than ever. 

Tony Romo

Tony Romo is your typical choke artist. He will put up huge numbers in games that don't matter or throw for tons of yards in a game that's already won while simply falling flat on his face in games that truly matter.

Romo may have posted a career-high 102.5 quarterback rating as he threw for 31 touchdowns and was picked off only 10 times, but he failed when his team needed him the most.

I realize Romo was playing with a bruised hand against the New York Giants in the team's season finale, but he needed to produce—which he obviously did not, as the Dallas Cowboys will be sitting home during this year's playoffs. 

Joe Flacco

How can I call Joe Flacco a failure when his team earned the No. 2 seed in the AFC? Well, for starters, the 2011 season was worse than his rookie season. 

Flacco has yet to improve as he completed only 57.6 percent of his passes this season as he threw 20 touchdowns and was picked off 12 times. 

To me, those numbers are awfully pedestrian-like. 

Philip Rivers

Like Tony Romo, Philip Rivers puts up huge numbers when it does not matter.

Rivers threw for 4,624 passing yards this season while tossing 27 touchdowns but posted a mediocre 88.7 quarterback rating and was picked off a miserable 20 times. 

Entering 2011, many believed Rivers was an elite passer, but he proved that he was nothing close to being one after 17 weeks of play. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Hey, Ryan Fitzpatrick got himself a giant contract mid-season but then peed down the leg the remainder of the season.

The Harvard product threw for 3,832 yards in 2011 while posting a 79.1 quarterback rating and tossing 24 touchdowns—but he led the NFL in interceptions with a putrid amount of 23. 

Entering 2012, Fitzpatrick has a lot of questions to answer. 

Josh Freeman

Just a year ago, Josh Freeman threw 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions on his way to posting a 95.9 quarterback rating in only his second season in the NFL. 2011 was a completely different story.

Freeman threw 22 interceptions and only 15 touchdowns while posting a 74.6 quarterback rating.

2011 was an epic fail for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback.

Sam Bradford

What happened to Sam Bradford? A year ago he was the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year, and now he's an absolute joke.

Bradford posted a 70.5 quarterback rating in 10 games this season for the St. Louis Rams as he threw only six touchdowns and matched that total for interceptions.

Bradford is one hell of a talent but really failed miserably this past season.

Kevin Kolb

Kevin Kolb came into Arizona to be the team's starting quarterback of the future—but he failed terribly.

The Arizona Cardinals quarterback threw only nine touchdowns and was picked off eight times in nine games this season as he completed only 57.7 percent of his passes.

Kolb has a lot of work to do entering 2012.

Carson Palmer

Carson Palmer was traded mid-season to the Oakland Raiders to be the team's quarterback for the future—and he fell flat on his face.

Palmer threw 13 touchdowns in 10 games but was picked off 16 times.

All in all, the Raiders failed to make the playoffs and Palmer is just an interception machine.

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