We have said this a time or two before, but quarterback is the most important position in American professional sports. And in the National Football League, quarterback play is often the difference between winning and losing, and can also be the deciding factor as to whether or not a team is postseason worthy. Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that teams are regularly willing to mortgage their draft and salary cap future in hopes of landing an elite, franchise-changing quarterback.
It is rare, but every so often, there will be an NFL team that finds immense success and wins a Super Bowl without a dominant quarterback. Most recently, the Denver Broncos did it in 2015, and before them the Tampa Bay Buccaneers accomplished the feat in 2002, and the Baltimore Ravens pulled it off in 2000. Only time will tell if there will ever be another team that joins that list.
As we head into training camp, there are still several quarterback situations around the league that are less than ideal. Here is our ranking (in descending order) of the seven worst quarterbacks in the league right now.
8. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
Don’t let Mariota’s inclusion on this list fool you: we still firmly believe that the former Oregon quarterback has a bright future ahead of him in the National Football League. The Titans were easily one of the worst teams in the league last year – especially on offense, which made Mariota’s job substantially more difficult. Their offensive line was atrocious, their rushing attack was average at best, and they had a below average group of wide receivers.
As the Titans continue to add pieces to Mariota’s supporting cast, we are confident that the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner will continue to improve as an NFL signal caller. And as that happens, he will eventually become a bona fide franchise quarterback.