THE LIST: The 24 saddest quarterback controversies since the year 2000

Joe Sargent

With some problems, there is no right answer.

Today we realized that the Pittsburgh Steelers are choosing between Byron Leftwich, Charlie Batch, and Brian Hoyer to be their starting quarterback this week. After the sheer outrageousness of that last sentence sunk in, the Steelers situation got us thinking: What are some of the most depressing quarterback "controversies" of the recent past?

We're talking about QB competitions that kill a part of your soul, just because you know that someone, somewhere was forced to debate between Shaun Hill and J.T. O'Sullivan. So with the help of Robert B. Wheel, Chris Mottram, Jason Kirk, Bill Hanstock, and the rest of the SBN staff, let's look back and remember the QB battles that nearly killed us.

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(Number of starts in parentheses)

24. Akili Smith (11) vs. Scott Mitchell (5), 2000 Bengals

23. Vinny Testaverde (6) vs. David Carr (4) vs. Matt Moore (3) vs. Jake Delhomme (3), 2007 Panthers

22. Tavaris Jackson (14) vs. Charlie Whitehurst (2), 2011 Seahawks

21. Mark Sanchez (10) vs. Tim Tebow (???), 2012 Jets

20. Jamarcus Russell (9), Charlie Frye (3), Bruce Gradkowski (4), 2009 Raiders

19. Andrew Walter (8) vs. Aaron Brooks (8), 2006 Raiders

18. J.P. Losman (8) vs. Kelly Holcomb (8), 2005 Bills

17. Kyle Boller (9) vs. Anthony Wright (7), 2003 Ravens

16. Derek Anderson (9) vs. John Skelton (4) vs. Max Hall (3), 2010 Cardinals

15. Tim Rattay (9) vs. Ken Dorsey (7), 2005 49ers

14. Jimmy Clausen (10) vs. Matt Moore (5) vs. Brian St. Pierre (1), 2010 Panthers

13. Joey Harrington (10) vs. Byron Leftwich (2) vs. Chris Redman (4), 2007 Falcons

12. Tyler Thigpen (11) vs. Damon Huard (3) vs. Brodie Croyle (2), 2007 Chiefs

11. Dan Orlovsky (7) vs. Daunte Culpepper (5) vs. Jon Kitna (4), 2008 Lions

10. Kordell Stewart (7) vs. Chris Chandler (6) vs. Rex Grossman (3), 2003 Bears

9. Alex Van Pelt (8) vs. Rob Johnson (8), 2001 Bills

8. Shaun Hill (8) vs. J.T. O'Sullivan (8), 2008 49ers

7. Curtis Painter (8) vs. Dan Orlovsky (5) vs. Kerry Collins (3), 2011 Colts

6. Tavaris Jackson (5) vs. Gus Frerrotte (11), 2008 Vikings

5. Shane Matthews (7) vs. Patrick Ramsey (5) vs. Danny Wuerffel (4), 2002 Redskins

4. The Cleveland Browns for the past 12 years.

3. Quincy Carter (8) vs. Clint Stoerner (2) vs. Ryan Leaf (3) vs. Anthony Wright (3), 2001 Cowboys

2. Cleo Lemon (7) vs. Trent Green (5) vs. John Beck (4), 2007 Dolphins

1. Chad Hutchinson (5) vs. Craig Krenzel (5) vs. Rex Grossman (3) vs. Johnathan Quinn (3), 2004 Bears

Who are we missing here? Let us know below. Until then, LONG LIVE THE 2004 BEARS.

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