Most 2018 NFL power rankings involving quarterbacks go one of two ways. They either discuss the best of the best or the worst of the worst.
People love these because they’re so black and white. They’re easy to understand. However, the real world is so often shaded by gray. So what about those quarterbacks that were neither the best nor the worst? Instead they constantly flirted with greatness but never quite lived up to their potential. The best description of these men is a quarterback tease.
A tease was a player who may have had a good season or couple seasons for a team, got a fan base excited but never lived up to expectations for one reason or another. Every franchise has lived this unfortunate experience, a purgatory of the worst kind. So which names stood out the most? Here is a breakdown for every team and which QB left them hanging the most.
Back when they were the St. Louis Cardinals, the team actually had a strong run of good quarterbacks. In the 1970s they produced four-time Pro Bowler Jim Hart. It looked like they struck it big again with Neil Lomax in 1981. He helped them to the playoffs his second year and had two solid statistical seasons in ’83 and ’84. That included his first of two Pro Bowls.
Sadly that proved to be his peak. The next two years were difficult and after a brief rebound in 1987, he ushered the team’s move to Phoenix in 1988 before fading out of the league after that. The Cardinals were always fun to watch during his time but they seemed to bang their head against a glass ceiling with Lomax under center.