Jun 24th 2008 11:27AM by Tom Mantzouranis (author feed)
Filed under: Dolphins, Falcons, Lions, Atlanta, Detroit, MiamiI think the obvious answer to that question is no. Realistically speaking, there have been far worse quarterbacks in the NFL than the piano man, I mean, there’s got to be a reason guys are sitting below him on depth charts even though we’re far removed from any semblance of hope that he’d live up to his draft status. But what if you take into account the whole statistical shebang, including the amount of opportunities with which to suck? That might be a different story.
Or at least that’s what Pro Football Reference thinks, as they’ve compiled their list of worst quarterbacks in the league’s history, which — if your surname isn’t Imus — you should be smart enough to realize is headlined by Joey Harrington. The reasoning is a stew of numbers and equations (here’s the method behind the madness). It’s definitely worth checking out for the comprehensive perspective it takes, even if it took me three reads and the assistance of a Mensa member to understand.
That being said, I’m a firm believer in the eyeball test, and I stand by my very scientific opinion that Harrington isn’t the worst. There are surely a couple of inferior quarterbacks in history. There are even a couple of current quarterbacks who are worse. Hell, there are a couple of quarterbacks who are worse than Harrington.
Or maybe I’ve just got a soft spot for someone who can tickle the ivories.