Has the NFL Ever Seen Quarterback Play as Bad as the 2012 Arizona Cardinals?
The Cardinals have scored just 10 passing touchdowns in 2012. Only the Kansas City Chiefs have less this season, but the Chiefs have actually been better than Arizona since Kevin Kolb was injured back in the middle of October.
Since October 14—that's eight games—Ryan Lindley and John Skelton have combined to throw two touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Furthermore, they've combined for six fumbles, have been sacked 24 times, have had four of their interceptions returned for touchdowns and one fumble returned for a touchdown.
That's has to be the worst stretch the NFL has ever seen, right?
[Air horn blaring]
It doesn't even come close.
Here are the four worst performances by a quarterback or a group of quarterbacks since the AFL/NFL merger back in 1970.
Joe Kapp: Boston Patriots, 1970
The Boston Patriots—as they were known back in 1970—were not quite as good as the team we're all used to watching these days.
The team finished the 14-game season with a record of 2-12, and starting quarterback Joe Kapp suffered through one of the most miserable single-season performances of all time.
Kapp only played in the team's final 11 games, and during that stretch he threw just three touchdowns and 17 interceptions, completing under 45 percent of his passes for just 1,104 yards.
And people say Tim Tebow is bad...
Bobby Hoying: Philadelphia Eagles, 1998
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Bobby Hoying started eight games for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1998, winning just one.
He didn't throw a single touchdown pass, while throwing nine interceptions and completing just half of his attempts.
Not. A. Single. Touchdown.
Ryan Lindley will figure out a way to pass for at least one before 2012 is out...I think.
1998 San Diego Chargers
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1974 Atlanta Falcons
Three different quarterbacks—Bob Lee, Pat Sullivan and Kim McQuilken—combined for the worst single season by a quarterback or group of quarterbacks in modern NFL history.
The trio somehow managed to win three of 14 games, though we're not sure how they did it.
For the season, these guys combined for four touchdowns and 31 eye-gouging interceptions, completing less than 45 percent of their passes.
Having seen the bottom of the barrel, Cardinals fans, you can rejoice in knowing that it could be worse—much, much worse.