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Top Ten Worst Starts By NFL Quarterbacks

Which NFL QBs Have Had the Worst First Games Ever?

2014 NFL Season

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You know I have to bring it up. Johnny Manziel’s debut, well, sucked. To put it nicely. It was actually among the worst first games for a quarterback in NFL history. Today, we’re going to take a look at the top ten match-ups that fall into this category. All of the guys on this list were either shut out or recorded passer ratings of 0.0. To achieve this sad milestone, a QB must have no touchdowns, complete less than 30% of his pass attempts, average fewer than 3 yards per attempt and throw an interception on at least 9.5% of attempts. That’s quite a feat. 


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Top Ten Worst Starts By NFL Quarterbacks


1. Fittingly, the first guy on today’s list played for the Cleveland Browns. Don Gault, in his first career start (and last career game) recorded a 0.0 passer rating against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In a shocking turn of events, though, the Brownies managed to win 15-7. 


2. St. Louis Cardinals QB Gary Keithley recorded a 0.0 passer rating against the Atlanta Falcons in his first career start. The Cards lost 30-3. Keithley went on to record a 0.0 rating against the Dallas Cowboys the following week, making him the only player in league history to have two 0.0 ratings in a row. 


3. Tony Graziani, quarterbacking (or trying to, anyway) for the Atlanta Falcons had a 0.0 passer rating against the Carolina Panthers during his first career start. The Panthers lost 21-12, which isn’t actually as bad as it could’ve been. 


4. New Orleans Saints QB Danny Wuerffel was shut out during his first career start in 1997. Wuerffel was the last Heisman winner (prior to Manziel) to score exactly 0 points during his first pro game. Clearly Johnny Football is in good company. Note my sarcasm. 


5. The Carolina Panthers Randy Fasani recorded a 0.0 passer rating against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during his only career NFL start. The Panthers lost 12-9, which is a credit to their D at the very least. 


6. Spergon Wynn, QB for the Cleveland Browns, lost 48-0 to the Jacksonville Jaguars during his first (and only) NFL start. At least our boy Johnny is getting another chance this week. Clearly Pettine is more forgiving than former Cleveland coaches. 


7. Henry Burris, starting for the Chicago Bears in 2002, lost 15-0 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was a bad season all around for the Bears, who didn’t stick with Burris long. 


8. Houston Texans QB Dave Ragone was introduced to the NFL with a 27-0 shutout by the Jacksonvilel Jaguars. Ouch. I can’t be the only one who finds it a little bit funny that the Jags managed to shutout two of the teams on this list…better days. 


9. Staying in the AFC South, Tennessee Titans QB Rusty Smith was shutout during his first career start against, ironically, the Texans. Houston won 20-0. 


10. Last but not least, the guy everyone loves to hate. Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel recorded a 30-0 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals during his first career start just last week. Johnny Boy has two weeks left to prove that he can take the heat in the big leagues, so we’ll see what happens. I’m holding out about as much hope as I was during the off-season…that would be none.

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