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Top 15 Worst QBs in NFL History

Of all of the positions in sports, there is none more important than the quarterback in football. If you have a good one, it doesn’t really matter what the rest of your team looks like, as a franchise quarterback can lead your team to the postseason. If you have a bad one, well, then you are probably setting your franchise back several years.

A lot of time and money is invested into quarterbacks, and for good reason. Sometimes big name stars in college end up finding success in the NFL while others flame out fast and hard. You also get some surprises where guys who weren’t expected to be NFL stars have become Hall of Fame worthy quarterbacks.

It’s a mixed bag, and there’s always going to be a debate as to who the best quarterback to ever play the game was. The discussion that doesn’t get brought up too much, however, is the worst quarterback of all-time. That’s what we want to focus on today as we take a look at the 15 worst quarterbacks in NFL history. Some of them never had a chance, while others were undone by their own lack of talent. Here is our list.

15 David Carr

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14 Karl Sweetan

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13 Dave Brown

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12 Todd Marinovich

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11 Bob Avellini

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10 Jack Trudeau

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9 Joey Harrington

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8 Mike Phipps

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7 David Klingler

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6 Rick Mirer

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5 Heath Shuler

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4 Chris Weinke

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3 Akili Smith

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2 Ryan Leaf

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1 JaMarcus Russell

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In terms of just being in physical pain when trying to watch someone play the quarterback position, Jamarcus Russell has to be the first thought. Russell was the first overall pick for the Raiders out of LSU in 2007 after scouts said he was a sure thing because of his size and athleticism. Little did they know the size would keep increasing while the athleticism did not. Russell started one game in his rookie season, but 15 in his second year. After his third season in the league, Russell was gone, leaving with a 7-18 record and setting the Raiders franchise back for years. Russell also threw just 18 touchdowns against 23 interceptions and didn’t even put up the impressive rushing stats that many thought he would.

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