Brett Favre and the 10 Biggest QB Disappointments This Season

Thomas CopainCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2011

Brett Favre and the 10 Biggest QB Disappointments This Season

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    DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 02:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings talks at a post game press conference after a 13-20 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on January 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    Brett Favre's been on many lists during his long, Hall of Fame career, but the "10 Biggest QB Disappointments This Season" might be a first.

    The veteran quarterback held his annual offseason retirement drama, eventually showing up at the Vikings' facility just as training camp was winding down (strange, huh). Many expected he was the missing piece for the Vikings to make a run at the Super Bowl. Instead, his season ended on a frozen field in Minneapolis.

    Favre's not the only quarterback to have a bad season. Here are the 10 biggest flops at quarterback this season.

10. Vince Young, Tennessee

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    NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 21:  Quarterback Vince Young #11 of the Tennessee Titans talks with a member of the training staff after leaving a game against the Washington Redskins at LP Field on November 21, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Redskins won 19-
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    When he was healthy, Young played pretty well for the Titans. In fact, he was among the leaders in passer rating early in the season (passer rating might go down as one of the most unknown stats in NFL history, but that's another story).

    But a sprained ankle turned into a revolving door at quarterback, a season-ending hand injury and a very public falling out with coach Jeff Fisher that now has Young looking for work.

9. Jimmy Clausen, Carolina

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    ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Jimmy Clausen #2 of the Carolina Panthers against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on January 2, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    It's hard to call a rookie quarterback disappointing, especially when there's not much talent around him. But Clausen looked like he wasn't ready for the big-time. He only averaged a little more than 100 passing yards per game and had three touchdowns to nine interceptions.

    It was no surprise the Panthers were looking at Andrew Luck in this year's draft.

8. Matt Moore, Carolina

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 07:  Matt Moore #3 of the Carolina Panthers sits on the bench against the New Orleans Saints during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Part of the reason Clausen was thrown into the fray early was because Matt Moore turned out to be a flop for John Fox. Moore earned the job when he played well at the end of the 2009 season, but apparently defenses had figured him out by 2010 and, eventually, he was sitting on the bench in Charlotte.

7. Eli Manning, New York Giants

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    GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 26:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 26, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    Eli did have some bright spots this season, including being near the top of the league in passing yards and touchdowns. But he also led the league in interceptions and made bad throws too many times this season.

    He's not the main reason why the Giants collapsed down the stretch again, but he takes the blame here.

6. Chad Henne, Miami

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 02:  Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins pitches the ball as Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots closes in on January 2, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    Henne had all the potential to become one of the better quarterbacks, with a star receiver and the possibility to bring Miami into the fold in the AFC. What happened instead was an injury-riddled, inconsistent, 19-interception, 7-9 season that has the Dolphins wondering about their future at quarterback.

5. Jake Delhomme, Cleveland

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 12:  Jake Delhomme #17 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass with pressure from Marcus Stroud #99 of the Buffalo Bills  at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Image
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    Jake Delhomme went to Cleveland looking for a fresh start after seven strong years in Carolina. Unfortunately, his interception problems followed him to Cleveland, too, and the Colt McCoy era started earlier than expected.

4. Alex Smith, San Francisco

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 02:    Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers is sacked by Darnell Dockett #90 of the Arizona Cardinals during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on January 2, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty I
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    Smith had more touchdowns (14) than interceptions (10) this season, but he was never able to really get into a rhythm as the starting quarterback before he was eventually benched, then brought back as the starter, then benched again, then the starter again.

    Kind of sums up his whole career to this point, doesn't it?

3. Derek Anderson, Arizona

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    GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Derek Anderson #3 and Ben Graham #5 of the Arizona Cardinals stand attended for the National Anthem before the NFL game against the Denver Broncos at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Glenda
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    Long before Anderson was laughing on the sideline and then defending it in a much more meaningful manner, he was trying to take over for Kurt Warner. But a few weeks later, he was on the bench, watching the Cardinals struggle to a very Cardinal-esque season. 

2. Brett Favre, Minnesota

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    DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 02:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings heads to a post game press conference after a 13-20 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on January 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    So how much did we hear this year about how Brett Favre was going to get the Vikings to the Super Bowl? Rightfully so, at first—I mean, they were one pass away from going to and possibly winning the Super Bowl.

    Instead, Favre came back for one last shot. The Vikings collapsed, then had in-fighting that cost the coach his job, then Favre saw his streak come to a close and his career finally end in a press room in Detroit after his team's season ended.

1. Donovan McNabb, Washington

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5  of the Washington Redskins on the sidelines against play against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    As much as he heard about Favre, we heard just as much about McNabb. How the Redskins had finally found a quarterback and how the Eagles would be sorry they traded him.

    For the first few weeks, it looked like they were all right. Then the Redskins lost to Detroit, McNabb had his cardiovascular endurance questioned and eventually ended up the third-string quarterback behind Rex Grossman.

    Dan Snyder's Washington Redskins, everyone.