Last night’s game between the Ravens and the Dolphins was already looking like a disaster. Both teams have struggled offensively this year and the game only got worse when Kiko Alonso knocked out Joe Flacco, forcing Ryan Mallett into the game. As Barstool Sports mentioned on their “Pardon My Take” podcast this morning, we have seen some awful quarterback match ups before. Here’s some of the worst that we have been forced to see in recent years:
Connor Cook (Raiders) vs. Brock Osweiler (Texans) – 2016
Two bad quarterbacks facing off during the regular season is bad, but it’s even worse when you’re subjected to bad quarterback play in the postseason, and that’s just what happened last year. Derek Carr was having an MVP-caliber season as he led the Raiders to their first postseason berth since 2003, but he broke his leg in Week 16, forcing Oakland to start backup Matt McGloin. McGloin would start the Week 17 contest, only to leave the game as well when he suffered a shoulder injury, opening the door for rookie Connor Cook to make his first career start during the Wild Card match up.
Houston, on the other hand, shelled out a massive contract to Osweiler, whose only memorable trait is that he is tall. Osweiler was so bad that we named an award after him. He was so bad that Houston literally gave up a second round draft pick to get him off of their roster.
Neither quarterback played well, but Cook was especially terrible, completing just 40 percent of his passes, average 3.6 yards per attempt and tossing a trio of interceptions. Osweiler both threw and ran for a score.
Derek Anderson (Browns) vs. Trent Edwards (Bills) – 2009
Here is all you need to know about this game: Derek Anderson completed just two passes all game and the Browns still won 6-3. This game was a lot like Twilight, just a ton of people running around and nobody scored.
Also, this video reminded of those terrible jerseys the Bills used to wear.
Akili Smith (Bengals) vs. Doug Pederson (Browns) – 2000
You may recognize Pederson now as the Eagles head coach, but in 2000, he was signed to be a backup to Tim Couch in Cleveland. When Couch went down for the rest of the year, the then 32-year-old Pederson has to take on the Bengals in a match up between two teams who were a combined 3-12 entering the game.
For Cincinnati, they were stuck struggling with Smith, the quarterback they selected third overall in the draft the year before, a colossal bust a good draft class. The next quarterback taken after Smith was Daunte Culpepper.
Pederson didn’t even finish the game, as Spergon Wynn came in. Smith led all quarterbacks with an astounding 84 passing yards. He completed just seven of his 20 pass attempts and had a passer rating of 27.9.
John Beck (Dolphins) vs. Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) – 2007
People forget that once upon a time, Roethlisberger was a horrible quarterback (he still is on the road). The 2007 Dolphins were a train wreck and Beck was the third quarterback to start a game for them that season. Entering a Monday night game with an 0-10 record, this game looked like it would be a cakewalk for the 7-3 Steelers, especially since they were at home.
But the field conditions were awful. Playing through heavy rain, both teams struggled offensively and it was a tie game until Jeff Reed nailed a 24-yard field goal with 17 second left in regulation to break a scoreless tie. This game’s biggest highlight (lowlight?) was a punt that sunk into the mud rather than bouncing around the field.
Roethlisberger wasn’t terrible in this game, missing just three passes, but he was also hardly effective, throwing an interception and driving less than 20 yards on four of their drives during the game. Beck wasn’t any better, going 14-for-23 and fumbling the ball away with the Dolphins in field goal range.
Ken Dorsey (49ers) vs. Craig Krenzel (Bears) – 2004
This game carried significance for both quarterbacks as they faced each other in the 2002 NCAA National Championship, but neither quarterback was able to bring their college success to the pros. The 49ers were in the middle of a season that landed them the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft while the Bears were falling back to earth after a surprise 13-3 campaign the year before. The two combined for a stat line of 29-for-61, 290 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions as Krenzel led the Bears to victory. Dorsey threw his interception on the second-to-last drive of the game and failed to convert a fourth down on their final drive.
Jeff Garcia (Browns) vs. Vinny Testaverde (Cowboys) – 2004
With the 49ers, Garcia was an effective quarterback, but it seems like all of his talents disappeared when he signed with the Browns. Garcia was woefully ineffective against Dallas, completing eight of 27 passes for 71 yards and tossing three interceptions. His passer rating was 0.0.
Testaverde, who was 41 at the time, completed 23-of-35 passes for 322 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw and interception on three consecutive drives late in the game.
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