Superlatives: The Worst Of The NFL Over The Last Decade
Everyone loves a good anniversary, right? Well it's been almost ten years exactly since the largely disastrous group of early first rounders picked in the 2005 NFL Draft had their regular season debut; and I think we should celebrate it by making fun of the best of the worst over the last ten years.
Ten years ago today, the 49ers began their journey with first overall pick Alex Smith while the Packers played the long con with Aaron Rodgers, grooming him to be Brett Favre's successor. Awww. Also ten years ago today, the Cleveland Browns thought they had scored with Braylon Edwards at number three while the Falcons settled for now four-time Pro-Bowler and former NFC receiving yards leader Roddy White. Sigh.
Ronnie Brown, Cedric Benson and Cadillac Williams were all top five picks who wold go on to accumulate one career Pro-Bowl appearance among the three of them, while Frank Gore would be taken in the third round and eventually become an all-time back for the Niners. Oh, the memories.
Some people just can't win. Since the season hasn't started yet, now is the perfect time to gather ammunition for shitting on your friends' favorite teams or just blowing people's minds with useless facts.
So here are The Worst of The NFL Since 2005 Superlatives!
Worst Completion Percentage (Minimum 1,500 Attempts)
Derek Anderson - 53.7%
That's right folks. Over the last ten years, the starting quarterback with the worst completion percentage is Derek Anderson, formerly of the Browns, Cardinals and Panthers. The sad part is, he's still probably the best QB the Browns have had in the last decade.
**He also wins for Worst Passer Rating (71.3). Congrats, Derek!
Worst Touchdown/Interception Ratio (Minimum 1,500 Attempts)
Chad Henne - 58 TD/63 INT
Henne and Jon Kitna are actually the only quarterbacks with at least 1,500 pass attempts to throw more career interceptions than touchdowns over the last ten years. That actually seems harder to do than actually being good.
Most Sack Yards Lost
Ben Roethlisberger - 2,513 yards lost
Jesus Christ, Big Ben. You immobile freak of nature! Roethlisberger has lost over 25 football fields worth of yards since 2005 and they've still won two Super Bowls in that span of time. Imagine what they could have done if he would just move like forward or sideways like, at all.
**He also wins for Most Fumbles Lost in the past decade with an astounding 39! Congrats, Ben!
Worst Rushing Average (Minimum 750 attempts)
Jamal Lewis - 3.7 yards per game
THIS GUY. Somehow he managed to play in 71 NFL games, rush 1,303 times and only average 3.7 yards per game. His saving grace is that he did manage 24 touchdowns over those four years, but this isn't about that. This is about the fact that he was a running back who compiled yards like he was constantly running a quarterback sneak.
Fewest Receiving Yards Per Game (Minimum 150 targets)
Brad Smith - 7.9 yards per game
Smith caught 104 passes for 987 yards in 9 years. He was basically just an extra body when the Jets and Bills ran out of players who weren't injured or suspended. My God, he never even had a chance.
**He also wins for Worst Reception Percentage on First Downs (44.2%). Congrats, Brad!
Lowest Field Goal Percentage (Minimum 100 field goals made)
Billy Cundiff - 77.0%
There have been 39 kickers over the last ten years to make at least 100 field goals, and of them, Cundiff is the worst. Nearly one quarter of the time, he missed. Laces out, bro.
Defensive Back With the Fewest Interceptions (Minimum 100 games)
John Wendling - 1 INT
Wendling played in the NFL for 7 years and is the only defensive back in the decade span to play 100 games and only accumulate 1 interception. That's so bad that it's actually kind of impressive. He turned being terrible at his job into a seven year football career. Bravo Wendy!
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