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How Big a Bust was Elvis Grbac?

Interesting story over at Matt Vensel’s Baltimore Sports Blitz about a recent list published at NFL.com. It had the Ravens 2001 signing of Elvis Grbac as the 2nd worst Quarterback move in league history.

“Trent Dilfer led the Ravens to a Super Bowl championship in 2000 and was rewarded with the team turning to Grbac, who was coming off a 4,000-yard season with the Chiefs,” Rank, a blogger for NFL.com, wrote. “Things didn’t work out for the Ravens, as Grbac threw more interceptions (18) than touchdowns (15) and the team was bounced from the playoffs by the Steelers. Grbac retired after only one season in Baltimore.”

It’s hard to argue much with the inclusion of Grbac on this list whose first season in purple was his last in the league. He didn’t seem to possess the intangibles that Dilfer did in the huddle and his crying incident on the sidelines after a multiple interception performance against Cleveland was the final piece that cemented his failure status in Baltimore sports lore.

I don’t really understand why the writer didn’t want to include Scott Mitchell who could have easily made this list too. He excuses him due to a huge season in 1995 when he threw for over 4,000 yards.

That logic doesn’t wash when Grbac the season before his signing by the Ravens was coming off a Pro Bowl season himself, throwing for over 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns against 14 interceptions.

At the time I wasn’t upset that they signed Grbac though I should have listened more to Chiefs fans who were glad to see their former QB go. What is more puzzling was that Trent Dilfer didn’t get an invite to at least compete for the job a year removed from a Super Bowl.

From the outside it looks like an awful move even though Baltimore returned to the playoffs the next year, without Jamal Lewis and were stopped by Pittsburgh. I’m not saying that it wasn’t but as far as across the league I think it warrants Top Five consideration but considering Miami’s continued quarterback questions they’d have to win the top spot.


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