Every NFL Division's Worst Quarterback
NFL teams are focusing more and more on throwing the football and it seems as though the quarterback position is the most important it's ever been.
Each NFL division has at least one very good quarterback, from Tom Brady in the AFC East to Matt Schaub in the AFC South (even Alex Smith, in the NFC West, is coming into his own).
The following, however, are the worst starting quarterbacks in their respective division. Some on the list may surprise.
NFC East: Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
Griffin III just stepped into Washington and took down the New Orleans Saints in his first game, while Michael Vick is having trouble figuring it out after narrowly escaping with a win in Cleveland.
This may change during the season, but right now, Griffin III is a better quarterback than Vick.
NFC North: Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings
Interestingly enough, Ponder could be a very good quarterback in a few years if he continues to mature, as he's already very advanced in facets like play action and throwing on the run.
In a very tough NFC North, though, this Viking quarterback doesn't quite make the mark.
NFC South: Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Similar to Ponder's situation, Josh Freeman would need to be an elite quarterback to avoid this list. He's not.
This 6'6" signal-caller has the tools to succeed, but he needs to rein in his big arm and start to play like a top-notch field general.
After beating the Panthers in Week 1, though, Freeman could jump Cam Newton in time.
NFC West: Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals
Assuming John Skelton is out for a while, Kevin Kolb is the starter in Arizona—and a bad one at that.
I'd rather have Russell Wilson than Kolb, and considering Kolb's exorbitant salary, that's a real black mark for the Cardinals' front office.
If Arizona got a good quarterback, they'd have a playoff-caliber team. That's just not the case right now, though.
AFC East: Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
I was very tempted to put Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick here, but I elected to go with Ryan Tannehill after the young signal-caller's three-interception day against Houston.
Tannehill is still learning to be a quarterback, and the NFL learning curve for the position is very steep. He will take a few years to develop.
A converted wide receiver, this athletic field general has a very good arm and can make plays on the run.
AFC North: Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
Andy Dalton had a very bad night against the Ravens on Monday, but the truth is that Brandon Weeden put on one of the worst performances against the Eagles that I've ever seen from an NFL quarterback.
Granted, it was Weeden's first game, but going 12-for-35 with no touchdowns and four interceptions is absolutely atrocious. There is no excuse.
Weeden's quarterback rating was 5.1. To compare, the next worst player is Ryan Tannehill with a 39.0. Robert Griffin III tops the list at 139.9.
AFC South: Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars
After one good game, I'm still not ready to buy into the Blaine Gabbert hype. This quarterback has a long way to go.
I've been a Gabbert doubter ever since this signal-caller's collegiate days at Missouri, and I really can't see him ever being much of a productive player in the NFL.
I also considered Jake Locker here, but Gabbert should regress to his former self by the season's end.
AFC West: Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs
Carson Palmer may not be a star anymore, but Matt Cassel is easily the worst quarterback in the AFC West.
If the Chiefs had a competent quarterback, they'd be a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Cassel really holds the team back.
I question Cassel's arm strength and sheer playmaking ability. Don't be surprised if the Chiefs go for a quarterback with a high pick in the 2013 draft.