Broadway Bozos: Ranking the 10 Worst Quarterbacks in New York Jets History

No NameContributor IIIMay 9, 2011

Broadway Bozos: Ranking the 10 Worst Quarterbacks in New York Jets History

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    7 Nov 1999: Rob Fredrickson #59 of the Arizona Cardinals sacks Rick Mirer #3 of the New York Jets at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Cardinals 12-7.
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    The AFC championship game.

    That's all that Mark Sanchez, the strong-armed boy wonder from Southern Cal, knows from his two seasons as the starting quarterback of the New York Jets.

    But before the "Sanchize" (...or Franchez, I've heard that one, too) came down from heaven to save the troubled franchise, the AFC championship game was the last thing on most Jets fans' minds.

    Sadly enough, Sanchez's two AFC championship game appearances are enough to already rank him amongst some of the best quarterbacks in Jets history.

    In an attempt to put the past behind us, let's take a look back at some of the worst quarterbacks to ever suit up for Gang Green.

    Note: If you still have your brown bag face from the Rich Kotite years, it might be worth it to pull it out now.

10. Quincy Carter

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14:  Quincy Carter #17 of the New York Jets is sacked by Marques Douglas #94 of the Baltimore Ravens November 14, 2004 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    I know, Quincy Carter was barely a Jet for a matter of minutes.

    He started three games in fact, winning two of them, if I can recall.

    But having Quincy Carter snap the ball after yet another Chad Pennington injury was simply a low point for the franchise during the Pennington era and a sad realization that banking on Chad to stay healthy for an entire season was a risky move.

    He came to the Jets after failing drug tests and being disruptive in the locker room as a member of the Cowboys. He would then go on to have another drug relapse after his season with the Jets.

    After a brief stint in the Arena Football League, Carter continued to relapse and find himself behind bars.

9. Brooks Bollinger

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    LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 19:  New York Jets Brooks Bollinger #5 scrambles with the ball against the Washington Redskins August 19, 2006 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    I feel a little bad with this selection because Brooks Bollinger is not a bad guy. Hell, he's not even that bad of a quarterback. He's just a guy who should have never been a starting quarterback.

    Watching Brooks' 2005 campaign was painful as a Jets fan. After both Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler (Oh, don't worry, I'll get around to Jay) went down in a game against Jacksonville, Bollinger's number was called, and boy oh boy, did he shine.

    Bollinger put together a 2-7 record as a starter that year as the Jets cruised towards yet another offseason without the sweet smell of the playoffs.

8. Frank Reich

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    13 Oct 1996: Quarterback Frank Reich #7 of the New York Jets scans the field for an open receiver as he drops back to pass during a play in the Jets 21-17 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.  Mandatory Credit
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    The 1996 season was a tough one—we all remember it.

    But sorry, Frank, your seven starts for the Jets that season were really, really bad.

    Yes, you were able tally up our only win on the year, and for that, we applaud you.

    But 20 turnovers? Fifteen interceptions and five more fumbles in just seven starts? Sorry, Frank.

     

    P.S. No one can ever take that playoff game against the Oilers away from you!

7. Jay Fiedler

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11:  Quarterback Jay Fiedler #9 of the New York Jets runs back to the bench after throwing for a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter on September 11, 2005 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
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    The role of a backup quarterback is to support the starting quarterback when he can no longer perform his duties.

    On September 25th, 2005, newly acquired Jay Fiedler decided not to live up to his end of his job contract.

    Starting quarterback Chad Pennington went down with a season-ending injury only to be followed by Fiedler's performance, which resulted in yet another season-ending injury.

    After a couple years of being a Jets enemy in Miami and mustering up a couple 11-5 seasons down in South Beach, the best he could do for the Jets was attempt 13 career passes?

    Just 13 passing attempts in a Jets uniform. Yikes.

6. Neil O'Donnell

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    12 Oct 1997:  Neil O''Donnell of the New York Jets during the Jets31-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Mandatory Credit: Tomasso Derosa  /Allsport
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    The idea of a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback choosing to come to the lowly Jets in 1996 was enough to get Gang Green's faithful predicting multiple Lombardi Trophies.

    What we all forgot to consider going into the Neil O'Donnell era was that his Super Bowl resume consisted of a loss in Super Bowl XXX to the Cowboys all because he threw two interceptions to Larry Brown.

    That pattern would continue over the next two years, except this time, the stage wasn't so grand.

    O'Donnell ranks on this list because he came full of hype, full of promise. He started his inaugural Jets season going 0-5 before separating his shoulder and sitting out for most of the remainder of the season.

    Kotite loved him, Parcells hated him. Shouldn't that say it all?

    Plus, anyone who gets benched for Glenn Foley at any point in his career should just immediately stop playing football.

5. Brett Favre

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    SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 07:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the New York Jets walks to the tunnel against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL game on December 7, 2008 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images
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    Brett Favre deserves a place among the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, without a doubt.

    But the image of Brett Favre wearing any other jersey besides Packer green should have never existed.

    Much like Neil O'Donnell, except to a much larger extent, Favre's arrival on Broadway could have easily been mistaken for the coming of the Messiah.

    Favre and the Jets jumped out to an 8-3 record after beating the Patriots in Foxborough on Thursday Night Football before finding an incredible way to absolutely derail their season, missing the playoffs entirely.

    A large reason for that debacle: Favre cared too much about personal records and pride to sit out from injury, thus royally screwing the Jets and their fans out of the playoffs for yet another season.

    The best thing till this day about Brett Favre's time in New York is that anyone who bought a No. 4 Favre Jets jersey can easily mangle it up with a little duck tape to spell out, "F-O-L-E-Y" instead of "Favre".

4. Glenn "Holey Moley" Foley

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    6 Sep 1998:  Quarterback Glenn Foley #4 of the New York Jets celebrates during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at the 3Com Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers defeated the Jets in overtime 36-30. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule Jr.  /Allspor
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    OK, now we start to get into the worst of the worst.

    Glenn Foley probably could have been a superhero in another life because, for most of the 90s, it just seemed as if he wouldn't go away.

    So yeah, maybe Foley could have been a superhero, as long as that superhero's powers didn't include playing football.

    Foley was just straight up never that good, but somehow always had a job. In his Jets career, Foley compiled a QB rating of just a little over 60.

3. Bubby Brister

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    24 Dec 1995:  Quarterback Bubby Brister of the New York Jets drops back to pass during a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The Saints won the game 12-0. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello  /Allsport
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    Anyone who doesn't know about "The Shovel Pass" doesn't understand the pain involved with being a Jets fan.

    I was never an NFL quarterback, nor do I ever intend to be, but I find it pretty hard to believe that without even being pressured just a little bit from the oncoming defense that you could manage to throw an interception on a shovel pass.

    In 1995, against the expansion Carolina Panthers, Brister attempted a very simple shovel pass to Adrian Murrell only to see it intercepted by the Panthers' Sam Mills, who returned it back 36 yards for a touchdown.

    The end result of that game? Bubby Brister and his high-flying shovel-passing New York Jets handed the Carolina Panthers their first win in franchise history.

2. Rick Mirer

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    7 Nov 1999: Rob Fredrickson #59 of the Arizona Cardinals sacks Rick Mirer #3 of the New York Jets at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Cardinals 12-7.
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    I never understood why Rick Mirer continued to have a job as an NFL quarterback.

    I really never understood why he had to have that job on my favorite team.

    Rick Mirer was a second overall pick in the 1993 NFL draft, but he somehow managed to play for three teams before being traded to the Jets prior to the 1999 season.

    How does that happen?

    After losing in the 1998 AFC championship game to the Broncos, most Jets fans thought 1999 would be the year. But after Vinny Testaverde went down in the season opener, in stepped Mirer and out went any hope of even a .500 season.

    Mirer was absolutely awful in his Jets career, ultimately being benched by Bill Parcells in favor of Ray Lucas.

1. Browning Nagle

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    6 DEC 1992:  BROWNING NAGLE, QUARTERBACK OF THE NEW YORK JETS, CALLS AN AUDIBLE DURING THEIR 24-17 WIN OVER THE BUFFALO BILLS AT RICH STADIUM IN ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart  /Allsport
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    The drafting of Browning Nagle in the second round of the 1991 NFL draft epitomized the foolishness and misery of being a Jets fan in the early to mid-90s.

    Nagle was absolutely miserable as a New York Jet, never managing a completion rate over 50 percent for a season. His 1992 campaign witnessed 17 interceptions and 12 fumbles to go along with them.

    He replaced fan-favorite Ken O'Brien at the helm and led the Jets into a very dark era.

    Nagle was drafted and given a starting role because of his arm strength, an attribute which never really came to fruition as a member of the Jets.

    When trying to explain his woes, Nagle mustered up to the New York media, "In certain situations we'd be down and the competitor in me would want to get it all back in one play. That impatience makes for bad plays, mistakes, and turnarounds."

    Sorry, pal, that doesn't cut it in the Big Apple.