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PI Finds: Derek Anderson Among Worst Ever

Posted by Neil Paine on November 3, 2009

Yikes, what can you say about the Browns? Things are getting pretty ugly in Cleveland, following a 30-6 loss to the Bears that left the team having been outscored 61-9 over the past 2 weeks. QB Derek Anderson was brutal again, tossing 2 picks and turning the ball over another time on a botched snap. Amidst Cleveland's myriad woes, it might be easy to write off Anderson's performance so far in 2009 as merely one of many breakdowns, but that's understating just how awful Anderson has been... Through 8 games, here are the worst passer-rating performances by a QB in a season since 1960:

Rk Player Age Year Lg Tm G W L T Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate
1 Joe Kapp 32 1970 NFL NWE 5 0 5 0 49 112 43.8% 509 1 10 23.3
2 Bob Lee 29 1974 NFL ATL 7 2 5 0 56 129 43.4% 621 3 13 26.5
3 Mike Taliaferro 27 1968 AFL NWE 7 3 4 0 67 176 38.1% 889 4 15 26.9
4 Mike Phipps 27 1975 NFL CLE 6 0 6 0 56 119 47.1% 611 0 10 27.7
5 Rick Norton 23 1967 AFL MIA 6 1 5 0 53 133 39.8% 596 1 9 28.3
6 John McCormick 29 1966 AFL DEN 7 1 6 0 54 149 36.2% 659 3 10 29.5
7 Cotton Davidson 30 1962 AFL TOT 8 1 7 0 69 180 38.3% 993 2 13 30.6
8 Terry Bradshaw 22 1970 NFL PIT 7 3 4 0 57 139 41.0% 898 2 12 32.0
9 Dan Pastorini 22 1971 NFL OTI 8 1 6 1 66 147 44.9% 902 3 15 32.3
10 Cotton Davidson 34 1966 AFL RAI 5 1 4 0 59 139 42.4% 770 2 11 32.4
11 Babe Parilli 35 1965 AFL NWE 8 1 6 1 88 235 37.4% 1269 7 18 33.8
12 Pete Liske 29 1971 NFL PHI 8 2 5 1 60 130 46.2% 814 3 12 35.9
13 Jerry Tagge 24 1974 NFL GNB 6 3 3 0 70 146 47.9% 709 1 10 36.0
14 Derek Anderson 26 2009 NFL CLE 6 1 5 0 66 154 42.9% 681 2 9 36.2
15 Mike Taliaferro 29 1970 NFL NWE 7 1 6 0 61 135 45.2% 727 2 10 36.2
16 Dan Darragh 21 1968 AFL BUF 8 1 6 1 73 168 43.5% 797 3 11 36.7
17 Norm Snead 29 1968 NFL PHI 5 0 5 0 65 130 50.0% 685 4 12 37.5
18 Heath Shuler 22 1994 NFL WAS 5 0 5 0 45 113 39.8% 547 4 8 37.7
19 Dan Fouts 22 1973 NFL SDG 5 0 4 1 55 132 41.7% 719 4 10 38.0
20 Steve DeBerg 24 1978 NFL SFO 8 1 7 0 98 231 42.4% 1094 7 16 38.4
21 Mike Phipps 32 1980 NFL CHI 6 2 4 0 59 120 49.2% 610 2 9 38.5
22 Matt Robinson 25 1980 NFL DEN 8 4 4 0 60 125 48.0% 712 1 9 38.5
23 Randy Johnson 22 1966 NFL ATL 8 0 8 0 63 144 43.8% 899 4 12 39.1
24 Joe Pisarcik 25 1977 NFL NYG 7 2 5 0 53 134 39.6% 796 3 9 39.3
25 Steve Bartkowski 23 1976 NFL ATL 5 1 4 0 57 120 47.5% 677 2 9 39.5

That's right, Eric Mangini benched Brady Quinn in Week 3 so he could receive the 14th-worst 1st-half quarterbacking performance in almost 50 years (!) from Anderson. And keep in mind that passer ratings in the modern game are almost always significantly higher than they were in the sixties and early seventies, since today's defenses are greatly restricted in what they can do when trying to stop receivers from getting open and/or catching the ball. Not since another Cleveland quarterback, Mike Phipps, posted a 27.7 rating in 1975 has a QB opened the season as badly as Anderson this year, and among the bottom 25 half-seasons listed above, Anderson's '09 and Heath Shuler's 1994 are the only ones to come after 1980. You can be sure that this is not the kind of history the Browns wanted to make in 2009.

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