Brandon Weeden looked decent in relief against the Washington Redskins last week, but he struggled nearly all day against Arizona on Sunday.
In light of Weeden’s performance, here is a look at ten of the worst performances by backup quarterbacks in team history, including Weeden’s.
10. Brandon Weeden, November 2, 2014
Filling in for an injured Tony Romo, Weeden struggled hitting anyone not named Jason Witten all day. He threw two costly fourth-quarter interceptions that killed any chance for a Dallas comeback.
Stats: 18-33, 183 yds., 1 TD, 2 Int.
9. Jon Kitna, October 31, 2010
When the Cowboys lost Romo for the year in 2010, they turned to Jon Kitna to salvage the season. And he did an admirable job that year, leading the Cowboys to four wins in nine starts. However, his first start against Jacksonville was a disaster, as Kitna threw four picks in a 35-17 Dallas loss.
Stats: 34-49, 379 yds., 1 TD, 4 Int.
8. Randall Cunningham, November 5, 2000
Many fans wanted to see Cunningham start over Troy Aikman during the 2000 season, as he looked generally impressive in two starts against the Cardinals and Redskins. However, when he started his final game as a Cowboy against his old team, the Philadelphia Eagles, on November 5, 2000, the results were hardly positive. He completed just 14 passes for 109 yards in a 16-13 loss.
Stats: 14-22, 109 yds., 0 TD, 1 Int.
7. Ryan Leaf, November 18, 2001
Most fans would prefer to forget the Ryan Leaf experiment. It did not last long. He started three games, and the low point was his performance in a 36-3 loss to Philadelphia on November 18, 2001. He completed just 11 passes and threw two interceptions, both of which the Eagles returned for touchdowns.
Stats: 11-26, 102 yds., 0 TD, 2 Int.
6. Kevin Sweeney, November 13, 1988
Kevin Sweeney became a fan favorite due to his performance as a replacement player in 1987. With the Cowboys’ record at 2-8, Tom Landry turned to Sweeney, looking for magic. Instead, Sweeney threw four picks in a 43-3 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Yuck.
Stats: 10-28, 93 yds., 0 TD, 4 Int.
5. Steve Pelleur, November 9, 1986
The Cowboys lost quarterback Danny White on November 2, 1986. One week later, Pelleur got the start against the Los Angeles Raiders. Five interceptions later, the Cowboys lost 17-13.
Stats: 14-30, 168 yds., 0 TD, 5 Int.
4. Brad Johnson, October 19, 2008
The Cowboys seemed to have confidence in Brad Johnson, the former Super Bowl champion, as the backup in 2008. However, when the team lost Romo for several weeks, Johnson showed what he did not have left in a 34-14 loss to the St. Louis Rams. Although he threw for 234 yards, he struggled all day.
Stats: 17-34, 234 yds., 1 TD, 3 Int.
3. Clint Stoerner, November 4, 2001
Before Tony Romo, there was a no-name backup QB in Dallas named Clint Stoerner. After leading the Cowboys to a 17-3 win over Arizona (with a whopping 93 passing yards on 9 completions), he got off to a hot start at New York. He led the Cowboys to a 24-7 halftime lead. However, his four second-half interceptions killed the Cowboys, who fell in overtime, 27-24.
Stats: 13-23, 177 yds., 1 TD, 4 Int.
2. Anthony Wright, December 25, 2000
Anthony Wright was not supposed to start a game for the Dallas Cowboys at quarterback in 2000. He proved that on Christmas night against the Tennessee Titans. Five completions. 35 yards. Passer rating of 0.0.
Stats: 5-20, 35 yds., 0 TD, 2 Int.
1. Babe Laufenberg, December 23, 1990
The 1990 Cowboys were on the verge of making the playoffs, one year after the franchise had recorded a 1-15 record. But when Troy Aikman went down with an injury against the Eagles, Jimmy Johnson had to turn to Babe Laufenberg. The result: four interceptions in a 17-3 loss. Laufenberg was no better one week later in a loss to the Falcons, which knocked Dallas out of the playoffs.
Stats: 13-36, 140 yds., 0 TD, 4 Int.