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The 10 Worst Backup Quarterbacks in the History of Your Dallas Cowboys

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    Brandon Weeden #3 of the Dallas Cowboys throws against the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    Kyle Orton, all is forgiven?

    It’s not that bad, yet. But Brandon Weeden’s performance Sunday against the Cardinals not only escalated our appreciation for Tony Romo, it also belongs among the worst by a backup quarterback in the history of the Cowboys.

    Weeden finished a seemingly respectable 18 of 33 for 183 yards and a touchdown. But, remember, the bulk of those positive stats were amassed in garbage time, well after he took an early 10-0 lead and massacred it into a 28-10 deficit.

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    In fact, on Dallas’ final, futile drive Weeden went 7 of 10 for 80 yards and a meaningless score to Dez Bryant. Meaning? While the game was still competitive and winnable, Weeden was 11 of 23 for a measly 103 yards and two interceptions.

    Before the final drive he didn’t have a completion to a wide receiver and his quarterback rating was 30.0, which is obviously putrid considering you automatically get 15.0 for filling out your contact info correctly. Wait, maybe it’s not the SAT but you get the point. Weeden was as hapless as he was horrendous last Sunday.

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    How bad?

    A look at the Bottom 10 backup quarterbacks in the history of the Cowboys:


    10. Stephen McGee

    4th-round draft pick never threw an NFL interception, but lasted only two seasons on roster

    9. Tony Banks

    Heralded as Troy Aikman’s successor in ’01, was beat out by Quincy Carter and cut in training camp

    8. Ryan Leaf

    Ugly ’01 stint included one TD, three picks and a 57.7 rating

    7. Brandon Weeden

    Hideous 30.0 rating and no completions to WRs before final, futile drive vs. Cardinals last Sunday

    6. Kevin Sweeney

    ’87 scab hero faltered in ’88 with 42 percent completions, five interceptions and 40.2 rating

    5. Anthony Wright

    ’00 cameo littered with no TDs, three interceptions and a 31.7 rating

    4. Clint Stoerner

    Threw four picks in the second half of ’01 loss at the Giants

    3. John Roach

    Filled in for Don Meredith in ’64 with one TD, six interceptions and a 31.1 rating

    2. Babe Laufenberg

    Backed up Aikman in ’90 with one TD, six interceptions and a woeful 16.9 rating.

    1. Brad Johnson

    In 2008 he floundered his way to 5 of 11 for 71 yards and two interceptions in a 21-point loss to Giants.

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    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.