Monday night’s legendary matchup between Byron Leftwich and Matt Cassel had me thinking about some of the worst quarterbacks in football history. There have been many and quite a few just on my hometown team, the Minnesota Vikings. There are too many to even name, let alone rank, so if you have been wondering who the worst quarterbacks to start a Super Bowl were, wonder no more.
10. Chris Chandler
Played for 8 different NFL teams and led the Atlanta Falcons to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII, but was not resigned after the team drafted Michael Vick. He had a 67-85 career record with 170 TD’s, 146 INT’s, a 58.1% completion percentage, and a 79.1 QB Rating. He is also the only quarterback to have a game with both a 0 and a 158.3 (perfect) QB Rating.
9. Craig Morton
Played in two different Super Bowls (V with Dallas and XII in Denver), but was replaced by Roger Staubach after losing Super Bowl V. After two trades, he ended up in Denver where he led them to Super Bowl XII. Finished his career with a 81-61-1 career record, 183 TD’s, 187 INT’s, a 54.2% completion percentage, and a 73.5% QB Rating.
8. Jim Plunkett
Won both Super Bowl XV and XVIII, but never stayed on one team for more than 5 years. He is also the only quarterback to have 2 Super Bowl victories and not be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. He had a 72-72 record, 164 TD’s, 198 INT’s, a 52.5% completion percentage, and a 67.5 QB Rating.
7. Tony Eason
Only started 56 games in his career, but led the Patriots to Super Bowl XX. ESPN ranked his performance as the worst ever in the Super Bowl after he did not complete a pass and lost a fumble. He finished his career with a 28-23 record, 61 TD’s, 51 INT’s, a 58.2 % completion percentage, and a 79.7 QB Rating.
6. Vince Ferragamo
Did not start a game his two years in the NFL, but took over part way through the 1979 season to lead the Rams to Super Bowl XIV. He would only play one more season with the Rams before departing to the CFL, but returned to the NFL after one unsuccessful CFL season. He had a 27-26 record, 76 TD’s, 91 INT’s, a 55.9% completion percentage, and a 70.1 QB Rating in his career.
5. David Woodley
Only played 6 NFL seasons, but led the Dolphins to an appearance in Super Bowl XVII in the strike shortened 1982 season. The next season, the team would go on to draft Dan Marino, who replaced Woodley later that season. Finished his career with a 34-18-1 record, 48 TD’s, 63 INT’s, a 52.8% completion percentage, and a 65.7 QB Rating.
4. Trent Dilfer
Led the Baltimore Ravens to victory in Super Bowl XXXV, but never played in another postseason game. Performed so well that season that he was replaced by Elvis Grbac the very next season. He was brought in by Seattle to mentor Matt Hasselback and only sparingly received starts. He finished his career with a 58-55 record, 113 TD’s, 126 INT’s, a 55.5% completion percentage, and a 70.2 QB Rating.
3. Rex Grossman
Has started more than 7 games in a season only twice, but led the Chicago Bears to Super Bowl XLI. He is currently still active, but has yet to play in a game this season. He currently has a 25-22 record, 56 TD’s, 60 INT’s, a 55.2% completion percentage, and a 71.4 QB Rating.
2. Doug Williams
Led the Redksins to Super Bowl XXII in 1987 after not winning a game during the regular season. Played three seasons in the USFL before it folded and he was recruited to the Redskins. He finished his career with a 38-42-1 record, 100 TD’s, 93 INT’s, a 49.5% completion percentage, and a 69.4 QB Rating.
1. Joe Kapp
Only played 4 NFL season, but led the Vikings to an appearance in Super Bowl IV. He played in the CFL prior to his days in the NFL and the Vikings rewarded his Super Bowl appearance by not resigning him to a contract. He then signed with the New England Patriots who offered him a 4 year contract, but would one play one season with them after they demanded that he sign another contract. He finished his career with a 24-21-3 record, 40 TD’s, 64 INT’s, a 48.9% completion percentage, and a 55.1 QB Rating.