Now, obviously, to be a starter, people need to have faith in you, to believe in you, and to take all your horrible play for a time.
This list does include some busts for obvious reasons, but also some players you may have not known that were human garbage on the field.
To be on this list, a QB must have started a minimum of 10 games.
I wasn't sure of what to make of this when I looked at the stat sheet. Apparently he had the worst completion percentage of any QB to start 10+ games the last 20 years at least. On 464 passes, he completed exactly 44 percent.
He started 14 games and won 5 of them. However, in just 14 starts, he threw 19 INTs, with 11 TDs. It doesn't seem so bad, but he only ever touched the ball in 24 total games, mind you again, 14 starts, yet fumbled the ball away 14 times and got sacked a whopping 49 times.
How does one get sacked 49 times in 14 starts? That's 3.5 sacks a start. He played for bad teams and was only drafted 143rd overall, but still, he deserves a spot.
Ah, the 1980s. So many QBs now long forgotten, Moroski I am sure is one of them.
With a starter record of 3-6, he manages to qualify on the fact he is credited with playing in, get this, 69 total games!
Which means he was not considered good enough to actively participate in 60 games, even though he took the field. He completed 56.7 percent of his passes, for eight TDs and 18 INTs. He was sacked 40 times and fumbled 12 times.
I would just like to know how he was kept around for so long; he must have been a hell of a nice guy.
Drafted 34th overall in 1991, Nagle only started 14 games, but his play in that short time was still quite pitiful. He completed less than half of his passes on 437 throws and piled up 20 INTs and eight TDs.
He won four games, but got sacked 36 times and fumbled 15 times in 14 games.
After Nagle's 3-10 starter record of 1992, the Jets signed Boomer Esiason, and with essentially the same team around him, Esiason got the team to 8-8 (from 4-12 the previous season) with four losses coming by four points or less. Esiason was a great QB, but past his prime and still completed 60.9 percent of his passes where Nagle ran around like a clown.
The man had nine starts, but he played in 12 other games, so I assume he did play roughly 10 full games.
In fairness, his career stretched from 1977-1983. Not the same era, and yet, two TDs, to 13 INTs, 42.4 percent completion percentage for 1,072 yards.
Only six fumbles and 31 sacks. However, he is credited with 10 rush attempts, which resulted in a negative four yards. A starter record of 2-7, he played for the Giants and Bucs.
His two wins came by three and six points. And he did not beat good teams or have a decent game at all. I give him a break on account of the era and the teams, but the guy, by all measures, was poor quality.
A record of 8-14 doesn't make for a great argument of crapulance.
I, too, find it strange how he was 4-5 in a season he only managed to throw two TDs and 14 INTs, getting sacked 46 times and fumbling 13 times.
Overall it tends to be wins, where he threw less than three INTs and managed to rely on the run game and defense a bit more. This, 4-5 season with the Saints in 1997 came with sharing time with Danny Wuerffel, who was apparently pretty bad himself.
Overall, though, Shuler wasn't AS bad, but not good.
I wish I could remember more of the guy. I keep hearing how he was terrible, and he probably was, but then he became a member of the House of Representatives?
Sure, sports and politics don't exactly go hand in hand, but do you really want a loser representing your best interests?
It's laughable how poor quality the World League/NFL Europe was in terms of players. Hey, I was a HUGE fan, loved the Berlin Thunder, loved the rules, like the four point field goal and three-point convert.
However, it was for entertainment purposes. In reality, most of the players were horrific scrubs. This is why it was an insult for guys like Adam Vinatieri, Kurt Warner, and Jake Delhomme to play in.
But not for Stan Gelbaugh, I am sure. For in 1991, Stan The Man was named the World League's Offensive Player of the Year, and lead his mighty London Monarchs to victory in the first ever World Bowl over the Barcelona Dragons.
This must have impressed the Phoenix Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks, because both teams gave Gelbaugh a shot. Most notably the Seahawks. who game him eight starts.
Gelbaugh went 1-11 as a starter, his lone win coming in a start four years apart from his last one, 1992-1996. In a game against the Raiders where he led the Seahawks to a 28-21 victory. Both the Raiders and Seahawks would finish that season 7-9.
His stats? Not satanically-mesmerizing, but poor nonetheless: 10 TDs, and 22 INTs, 192 of 391 for a below 50 percentage completion percentage for 2,100 yards.
Add in 14 fumbles and 46 sacks, and you have a former World League star who went 1-11 in the NFL. Rating of 50.5, by the way, only 0.5 better than Leaf.
You know I wondered for a while why the Chargers needed a QB so badly in 1998.
As it turns out, before Ryan Leaf stepped onto the field, the Chargers of 1997 had witnessed blasphemy on the field already by a QB worthy of mopping up the floors of a high school gymnasium, fielding teams not good enough to make regional playoffs.
Whelihan started seven games for the Chargers in 1997 and won none of them, compiling a completion percentage of 49.8 with 118 completions for 1,357 yards and six TDs to 10 INTs.
With the pressure of Leaf taking his job the next season, Whelihan did even worse in his next seven starts.
He did win two games, he did, but completed just 46.6 percent of his passes on 149 completions for 1,803 yards and eight TDs, to 19 picks.
He made a better effort to avoid sacks only getting brought down 36 times in his 14 starts, but fumbled 16 times.
Quarterback rating of 52.4. Was he better than Leaf? I'm not sure it's fair to assume so, as Leaf did get to play seven more games.
If you're wondering, Whelihan went on to have an illustrious AFL career in 2001 with the Orlando Predators. He passed for 60 TDs and 12 INTs, leading his team to finish 8-6 and a first round loss to the Chicago Rush.
If you're curious how great 60 TD passes were in the AFL in the 2001 season, the leading QB had 104.
Whelihan was eighth, and had a completion percentage 10 points lower than the No. 1 guy.
Any excuse of why he shouldn't be on this list I have heard, but there isn't any original one.
Bad team, scrub players? Yes, yes, I realize this, but the fact is, this man's stat sheet is epic, and this was recent, so everyone should remember how god-awful he was.
Walter started a total of nine games and played in six others. In total, roughly 10 full games of playing time. JUST enough to make this list, he completed 174 of 333 passes and gained 1,919 yards.
Here is the kicker: Three TDs, to 16 INTs. Not impressed? Acknowledge the 15 fumbles and 51 sacks. Simple math will indicate that is 3.1 turnovers a game. and 5.1 sacks.
In this day an age, I can only fathom how this came about.
He won two games in his nine official starts, one of his wins came as such:
Against the Pittsburgh Steelers, where Walter managed to only throw the ball 14 times for a single INT, while his opposing quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, got picked off four times, even though he threw for 301 yards.
The final score was 20-13 for the Raiders. Now mind you, two of Big Ben's picks were returned for a TD, so 14 of the 20 points the Raiders scored was on defense.
But wait, how did Walter only throw one INT? How is his turnover average so high??
Ahh, well, dear Andrew Walter had a consistency of not throwing too many picks a game, just never scoring anything. And also understand his average completions a game was 17 or less, with usually a few good long passes, and then drop-offs.
Overall, Walter wasn't Ryan Leaf, but, he did like to sit back and either cough up the ball by air or ground, or get hugged to the turf by an opposing D-man.
What he failed to do was SCORE. This pitiful NFL starter accounted for three scores, as in, 21 points. So don't give me the bad team excuse; I don't remember Chris Weinke doing this bad on a 1-15 team, and he was started for 15 games that dreadful season.
And he only got sacked 26 times in those 15 games for that one-win team.
And for the love of God, I KNOW they lost many close games that season. The Raiders defense kept a few games close as well for Walter, if only he could have scored......pathetic.
Why doesn't the NFL scouts bring in CFL QBs??? I'm sure Kerry Joseph could do more than Andrew Walter.
One final amusing fact, Andrew Walter still gets a pay check for being on the Raiders roster to this day.
Is he dating one of Al Davis' relatives by any chance?
Do I really have to explain? The only answer I think I'd need to field is why he's not No. 1, which brings me to the next guy...
There's a reason why I put up the picture of him as a Franfurt Galaxy man. 'Cause that was his best...err, most decent season of "pro" football play.
Smith started 17 games in the NFL, and won three of them, his completion percentage was 46.6 on 461 throws, five TDs, 13 INTs. A mind-bending 4.8 Y/A and 10.3 Y/C. Sacked 59 times. Fumbled 19.
I can safely say, one of the worst, if not THE worst, QBs to ever "lead" a team. But I digress.
In NFL Europe, Smith started four games and won one.
He completed 53 of 84 passes for 589 yards and two TDs, with two INTs...in NFL-bloody EUROPE!
He got signed as a backup QB for the Calgary Stampeders in 2007, he started two games, lost both, and quickly became third stringer, and then was cut.
He completed 22 of 47 passes, for 219 yards, and notched NO TDs and five interceptions.
How anyone could argue against Smith being the absolute WORST player PERIOD to be a starter QB is beyond me. He was drafted third overall in 1999, but it was a very weak year, and he didn't get paid that much.
Although the Bengals could have gotten all of the Saints picks that year via Mike Ditka's facination with Ricky Williams .....d'oh.
What saves him is his 4-6 starter record and his five fumbles. Not near as bad as I would have hoped. 52.6 completion percentage and not throwing double the INTs as TDs also helped him slip away.
I try to avoid putting players on these type of lists when they are active and still have some life left. Who knows what can happen to Dorsey in the years to come.