The NFL quarterback: the leader of the offense, commander of the line of scrimmage, general of the turf, etc. No position matters more in the National Football League than quarterback! Over the past decade, teams like the Cleveland Browns have been at the bottom of their division every year. Why? Probably because they have gone through 18 starting quarterbacks! On the other hand, teams like the Green Bay Packers have had either Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers, two future Hall of Famers, at the helm for the last 25 years!
A lot of these wannabe superstars pan out to be nothing more than low-grade backups, or even third-stringers. Whether they never get the chance to succeed behind the starter, or they blow it when it's their turn to step up to the plate (cross-sport reference, check!), a high percentage of these guys fizzle out, never to be heard from again. Teams are less and less patient nowadays to start seeing results, as proven by veterans Tom Savage and Mike Glennon losing their starting jobs early in the season to Deshaun Watson and Mitchell Trubisky respectively.
But today, we celebrate (or more like humiliate) 15 hopeless quarterbacks that will be out of the NFL by next year!
15 Carson Palmer
Carson, your time has come to an end. In his ump-teenth season in the NFL, the former USC Trojan needs to hang up his cleats. Back in his day with Cincy, Palmer used to be electric, leading game-winning drives, tearing up opposing secondaries, and was killing it in the fantasy game. But the Arizona Cardinals aren't going anywhere this year (except maybe to the top of the 2018 draft)! Their top player, running back David Johnson, is out for the year, and the 37-year-old quarterback doesn't have much left in the tank.
Palmer has made a name for himself, winning the Heisman in college, and making it to three Pro-Bowls, but his time has come. Maybe Palmer himself isn't a hopeless quarterback, but the situation he is in is definitely hopeless!
14 Sam Bradford
When Teddy Bridgewater went down in 2016, I thought the Vikings season was over. And to make things worse, they traded for Sam Bradford, sending a first and fourth round pick to Philly, which I thought was way too high for a guy that hasn't proven himself in the league. He did however bring the Vikings to a 5-0 start last season, and had an amazing game in the season opener in 2017.
But, unfortunately for Bradford, this is Teddy's team. As soon as Bridgewater is healthy, he will be back at the helm. Also, I'm not even sure if Bradford will play another down in the NFL after this year since he is always hurt, including multiple shoulder injuries, two ACLs, a concussion, and spraining the same ankle three times in one season! Another helplessly hopeless Heisman QB!
13 Josh McCown
Don't get me wrong, I respect the hell out of Josh McCown. He is the prototypical backup quarterback and has made millions of dollars over the past 15 years for playing the part. I mean, his career starts are even better than some full time starters, completing 1,300+ passes, for nearly 15,000 yards, with a 82-71 TD-INT ratio.
The issue with McCown is that he is always a transition quarterback. Take for example his current position as started for the New York Jets, a team with over a decade of mediocre quarterback play. They bring in McCown to "bridge the gap" so they can pick up a great college QB in next year's draft. In reality, McCown will still be a backup for the next few years, or even start to get the Jets' new QB acclimated to the NFL, but he is in a hopeless situation at 38 years old.
12 Drew Stanton
Drew Stanton is still an NFL quarterback! I honestly forgot about the guy! Currently he backs up another hopeless QB, Carson Palmer, down in Arizona. Just like McCown, we know exactly what Stanton is, a low-ceiling backup that might be able to win you some games if needed. Other than that, he is just another guy. Stanton's has almost 500 passing attempts over the course of his career with a 14-18 TD-INT ratio; numbers that what get any starter fired.
Stanton's in an interesting situation though with the Cards. Most likely, Palmer will be gone after this year, leaving the Cardinals needing a starting QB. While they can go get one in the draft, there are whispers floating around that Andrew Luck may be a viable trade option, reuniting with old coach Bruce Arians. In that case, Stanton will probably remain on the team as a backup, since he is accustomed with the system. Either way, he's just hopeless!
11 Matt Simms
Ah, I wish my parents were famous, then maybe I could weasel my way in to a few hundred-thousand dollars! Matt Simms is the son of commentator, and former Super Bowl XXI MVP, Phil Simms. He attended the University of Louisville, but saw limited action and transferred a couple of times before he ended up at the University of Tennessee. In 2012, Simms made it to training camp with the New York Jets as an undrafted QB. After some injuries in 2013, Simms saw action in three games, but did not do much.
After the New York Jets, Simms tried to compete for a backup role with the Bills, but threw the ball 20-yards backwards in the final preseason game, and did not make the cut. He bounced down to Atlanta, where he has been waived or released the past few years. Honestly, at this point he should just quit. He's hopeless, and you're a grown man, daddy isn't going to help you anymore.
10 Geno Smith
You know the guy is hopeless when his own teammate punches him in the face in the locker room. Geno Smith comes in on our list at number 10 of hopeless QBs that will be out of the NFL next year. Between poor play and injuries, Smith never really panned out. He was supposed to be the future quarterback for the Jets, but his fire was more like an ember, and he faded away quickly. Currently, Smith is backing up Eli Manning in New York, with no starting role in sight. Most likely, he will stay with the Giants for a few years, but I fully expect New York to draft a quarterback in the first round within the next couple of years to follow Eli. The ex-West Virginia Mountaineer will never be more than just a hopeless backup!
9 Bryce Petty
The Jets quarterback situation is just one giant dumpster fire. First, you have fellow hopeless QB Josh McCown. Next, you have future hopeless QB, Christian Hackenberg, who can't even get the ball to the receiver. Finally, you have Bryce Petty, who has a career passer rating of a whopping 60. The guy only has three touchdowns in his short career, to go with seven interceptions. He did get to start in four games for the Bad News Bears, I mean the New York Jets, in 2016, but injured his shoulder against the Patriots on Christmas day and was placed on the IR. In 2017, Petty was diagnosed with a MCL sprain and never got to play. His future in the NFLis bleak, considering Jets will probably grab a QB in the draft. Maybe he will be a backup somewhere, but it doesn't seem like the ex-Baylor QB will be successful.
8 Brandon Weeden
Weeden took a little bit of a different route to the NFL. Originally, the quarterback was selected in the second round of the 2002 MLB draft by the New York Yankees. After being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and hampered by injury and poor play, Weeden left baseball in 2005. In 2007, he came to Oklahoma State and eventually led the Cowboys to a Fiesta Bowl win in 2011, setting several school records in the process. The main issue was that he was old! At 28, the Browns still selected Weeden 22nd overall in the 2012 Draft. After several seasons of mediocrity in the NFL, Weeden was brought on to the Texans roster in 2017, only to be released before the start of the season. His future remains up in the air, but this hopeless quarterback probably won't be in the big leagues next year.
7 Mark Sanchez
Who could forget the butt fumble? I don't think any other play represents a quarterback's career better than the butt fumble does to Mark Sanchez. Just pure mediocrity! The former USC Trojan came into the league in 2009 as the fifth overall pick. Early in his career, he did help the Jets make it to the postseason, but that was mainly because their staunch defense. He signed with the Eagles in 2014, where he had a decent season, but that was his ceiling. Since then, Sanchez has bounced around from Denver, to Dallas, to his current team, Chicago (mind you he is the third string quarterback).
Maybe Chicago wanted to bring him in for veteran leadership, but he is hopeless with Glennon and Trubisky in front of him. Get out while you can, Mark!
6 Colt McCoy
How the hell does Colt McCoy still have a job? The former Texas Longhorn led the burnt orange to a cinderella season in 2008, setting multiple records in Austin. In 2010, he was selected in the third-round by none other than the Cleveland Browns. The problem with McCoy at the NFL level is that he lacks size, and has very small hand (you know what that means! He wears small gloves!). He has only started 25 games in his career and has a dismal record of 7-18.
Currently, he is backing up rising star, Kirk Cousins, in Washington and is even signed under contract through 2019. You can't fault the guy for raking in millions of dollars for doing pretty much nothing, but clearly his future is hopeless. The 31-year-old backup will most likely be out of the league when his contract is up.
5 Mike Glennon
I feel sort of bad for Mike Glennon. He signs a 3-year, $45-million contract with the Chicago Bears, only to see them move one spot up in the draft and select another quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, second-overall. I mean, what is the guy supposed to do, the organization set him up for failure. The 6'6" former member of the NC State Wolfpack has to play out of his mind, on an elite level, in order to prove his worth. So far in the 2017 season, Glennon is 1-3 in four starts, with his only win coming from a strong backfield in Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Unfortunately, in week 5, he was replaced by the young guy, Trubisky. For Glennon, the situation was hopeless from the start. While he has clearly shown that he can compete in this league, he'll be no more than a backup until he fizzles out in the next few years.
4 Scott Tolzien
Another quarterback where I wonder, 'how the hell does this guy still have a job?' Tolzien has never proved himself in this league. He started for the Packers in a few games back in 2013 for the injured Aaron Rodgers, but never had the chance to get too far off the leash. But in 2017, he had the opportunity of a lifetime. With Andrew Luck hurt for at least half the season, this was Tolzien's team to lead. But after a dismal performance of 128 yards and two interceptions returned for touchdowns in a 46-9 demolition by the Los Angeles Rams in the season opener, Tolzien was benched for Jacoby Brissett.
When Luck is healthy, I fully expect the Colts to release Tolzien, and maybe sign him if there are any future injuries. Otherwise, he won't be in the NFL next year.
3 Colin Kaepernick
How does taking a knee make you lose your job? Just ask Kaepernick! Wherever you fall on the current spectrum of whether or not Kaepernick should have a job, the truth is, he won't. Back in his early days, Kaepernick was a beast! He was able to cut up the secondary or tuck the ball and run for the first down. He even led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, only to get beaten by a tough Ravens defense. The issue now for Kaepernick is his silent protests, which have swept across the NFL, against police brutality of African-Americans.
Even if he is still talented, he is not good enough to overcome the controversy he brings along with him. No NFL owner wants to bring that sort of attention to their team, unless they're certain that player can help them win a lot of games.
2 Brock Osweiler
Brock "Ostrich"weiler. He truly is a crappy quarterback. What were the Texans thinking when they signed him to a 4-year, $72-million contract in the 2016 offseason? Bill O'Brien is known for being the quarterback whisperer because he "takes credit" for Tom Brady, but Osweiler was a different kind of suck. Luckily, Houston was able to dump his contract to the Browns in the 2017 offseason in an odd NFL trade.
With the Browns, Osweiler seemed to be improving. Key phrase there is "seemed to be." Before the start of the season, Cleveland released the freakish giant, and he ended up signing with none other than the his original team, the Denver Broncos. But, with Siemian and Lynch on the roster, Osweiler won't be in the league for much longer. Not a hopeless QB, just a horrible one.
1 Ryan Fitzpatrick
The genius out of Harvard is our number one hopeless QB that will be out of the NFL by next year. Let me break it down for you. The guy sucks. He has had glimmers of success throughout his career, for example in 2015 with the Jets, but has never followed through in multiple seasons. He has played on a total of seven teams in the NFL, a true journey-man, and has had a starting record 46-69-1.
Currently, the bearded wonder is the backup quarterback behind Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay. He signed a one-year, $3-million deal in the offseason. At 34 years old, I don't see Fitzpatrick even making an attempt to come back to the NFL next year. Most likely, he will retire and use his smarts on some team's coaching staff. Either way, Fitzpatrick is hopeless!