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Five Worst Quarterbacks in the History of the Tennessee Titans

Over the course of their history, the Tennessee Titans have had some rather forgettable quarterbacks. Sure everyone remembers Steve McNair and even Vince Young, but there has really been some stinkers that has lined up under center since the team moved to Nashville in 1997.

Today we take a look at five of these quarterbacks, going so far as to giving you the QB that we think was the overall worst QB of all-time in Titans history.

5. Zach Mettenberger

Zachary Rich “Zach” Mettenberger was a Titans draft pick in the 6th round (pick number 178 overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft, and had a unspectacular career in Tennessee.

His debut came on September 28th, 2014, coming in a blowout relief loss of Charlie Whitehurst, and going 2-of-5 for 17 yards with an interception against the Colts.

In 2014 and 2015 he played in 14 games, starting 10, and going 0-10 in those starts. He threw for 2347 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 picks, not awful numbers, but frankly he couldn’t escape going 0-10 as a starter, and the team parted ways with him after the 2015 season.

4. Charlie Whitehurst

The quarterback otherwise known as “Clipboard Jesus”, Whitehurst was part of the QB club for the 2014 season for the Titans, starting five games and playing in 7, going 1-4 in those four starts.

His numbers were not half bad, throwing for seven touchdowns and just two picks, but like Mettenberger his inability to make throws at key times hindered him and the team’s ability to get wins and score points.

Whitehurst’s two shining moments came on 10/5/14 against Cleveland throwing a career-high two touchdown passes against the Browns and a career-best 287 passing yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars on 12/18/14.

3. Jake Locker

Drafted in the first round (8th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft, Locker was given plenty of chances to be the Titans QB of the future, but ended up starting just 23 games in four seasons.

In those 23 games he went 9-14, with his “best” season coming in 2013 when he went 4-3 as a starter, throwing for eight scores with four picks.

In 2012 he was named the team’s starter prior to the start of the season, and in 11 games he finished with 177 completions, 2,176 yards, ten touchdowns, and eleven interceptions. He rushed 41 times for 291 yards and a touchdown, as the team went 6-10.

Injuries hindered Locker during his NFL career, and finally on March 10th of 2015 he announced his retirement, telling the media he had lost his passion for the sport.

2. Matt Cassel

By the time the Titans got Matt Cassel, his career as even a decent NFL quarterback had passed.

He played two seasons in Tennessee, primarily as the backup to Marcus Mariota, as he appeared in just six games in two seasons, starting two, going 1-1.

Cassel threw for three scores and four picks in his time with the Titans, with his one shining moment coming in the finale of the 2016 season, going 16-of-26 for 150 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in a 24-17 win over Houston.

He was sent packing by Tennessee on March 9th of 2018.

1. Blaine Gabbert

Following stints with the Jaguars, Niners and one-year with Arizona, the Titans inked Gabbert to a two-year deal before the 2018 season.

He went 2-1 as a starter in three games, and appeared in eight games overall in one forgettable year with Tennessee.

Gabbert threw for four TD’s and four picks over his one season with the Titans, and got his only win on 9/16 against the Texans after Mariota was unable to play due to injury.

The quarterback was supposed to add stability to the QB position, but his poor play is a huge part of the reason he latest just a year in Nashville.


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