Super Bowl XLIV may have been the greatest celebration of quarterback play in the history of the NFL.
Drew Brees and Peyton Manning were asked to sling the pigskin around 84 times. They completed 62 passes, which equates to a mind-numbing 73.8 completion percentage.
They threw for a combined 614 yards, three touchdowns, and one lousy pick.
I’m not a big fan of either quarterback, but I had to step back, tip my cap, and acknowledge that I witnessed greatness.
Too bad that could not be said for the rest of the slop that comprises the quarterbacks in the NFL.
There were at least a dozen times I saw stat lines from games that made me wonder how certain quarterbacks had a job in this league, let alone how they were starters.
The worst effort of the season may have actually come in a win.
Way back on October 11, 2009 Derek Anderson threw 17 passes and completed two in a 6-3 win against the Buffalo Bills.
That’s right, Anderson completed one pass, summoned the courage to do it again, and then stopped.
Those two bombs racked up 22 yards.
Oh and did I mention he threw a pick as well?
By the end of the day he had a quarterback rating of 15.1.
Somehow Anderson out-dueled Trent Edwards who threw for 152 yards on 16 of 31 passing and one pick.
The game eventually led to a friend creating the Derek Anderson Award, which honored the worst performance by a quarterback during the week that was in the NFL.
Here is a look at the week Jay Cutler won the award: http://3putt.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/flyers-cant-outscore-cutler-picks/ (The caption is classic).
So all of this got me thinking, who are the 10 quarterbacks that are either currently named the starter or who have the inside track to be the starter next year that have absolutely no business taking on that role.
Some of these guys will lose their jobs in training camp, others will simply delay the inevitability, yet others will prove me wrong and rise to great heights in 2011.
As a note, when I say a player has “the inside” track to being the starter, I am basing that on the current depth charts provided by our good friends over at cbssports.com.
They have a fantasy football section that lists depth charts by position, so bark at them if you don’t like it.