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Really bad Super Bowl quarterbacks
Posted Feb. 01 at 02:47 PM
The NFL uses that ultra-complicated passer rating system, in which quarterbacks are assigned numbers in four different categories -- completion percentage, TD percentage, interception percentage and yards per attempt. Those categories are weighted equally, and they've got it dialed in so the really good quarterbacks finish with ratings around 100.
To more accurately measure quarterbacks, the system should probably include rushing ability, fumbles or at least the tendency to take sacks. And spikes to stop the clock shouldn't count. But that's for another day.
The way they have it set up now, if a quarterback simply throws the ball into the ground on every play, he earns a passer rating of 39.6 (since he would be perfect in terms of at least not throwing interceptions).
In the 43 Super Bowls, however, seven quarterbacks remarkably have failed to finish with passer ratings over 39.6. Tony Eason of New England hit that number on the nose by going 0 of 6 against Chicago before being pulled, and six others have finished with even lower numbers.
There's a nice photo slideshow of these guys at the Sports Illustrated website.
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