KC Chiefs: Ten Worst Starters In Past Ten Years

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Quarterback Brodie Croyle #12 (Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)

Those of you who have read any of my Chiefs All-Time lists consisting of bad players probably know I was not and am still not a fan of Brodie Croyle. Not only was Croyle a crappy quarterback, the guy couldn’t stay on the field for more than a few plays without getting knocked out of the game due to injury.

Just last month, I wrote up who I felt were the five worst starting quarterbacks in KC Chiefs history and I put Croyle as the second worst (you’ll have to read it to see who was ranked as the worst). The biggest knock against Croyle was that he never won a game as a starter. He went 0-10 during his five year career and the games he started in weren’t pretty.

Croyle was drafted by the Chiefs in the third round (85th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft, and at the time, fans were pretty excited about it. Here was a guy who played lights out football for the Alabama Crimson Tide and Chiefs fans figured we’d just gotten our franchise guy.

It was pretty much the exact opposite of that though.

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  • With Trent Green as the starter in 2006, Croyle didn’t see a lot of playing time (thankfully). It wasn’t until the 2007 season when the “Brodie Croyle Era” became a thing in Kansas City. Green was traded away due to head coach at the time Herm Edwards wanting a youth movement for the team.

    For the next two years, Croyle was given a chance to be the starting quarterback in Kansas City, but constant injuries made that impossible. By the time the 2008 season came to a close, Scott Pioli had finally seen enough of Croyle and his terrible quarterback play. The team traded for New England Patriots backup Matt Cassel, who had led the Pats to an 11-5 record the season prior.

    With Matt Cassel in Kansas City, Croyle was demoted to the second string quarterback in 2009. For some reason, Croyle was able to keep his spot on the roster despite sucking and the team traded away Tyler Thigpen instead. Croyle started one game during his two years backing up Cassel, and that one start saw him getting shut out 31-0 to the Chargers. Ugh.

    Croyle finished his NFL career with 1,669 passing yards for eight touchdown passes and nine interceptions in ten starts and 18 total games. It’s not a surprise that Croyle didn’t play for another team in the NFL, and he later announced his retirement from the league in 2012.

    Croyle rightfully deserves a spot on this list due to his inability to win a single game as a starter.

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