Jimmy Clausen ranked as the worst backup quarterback in the NFL

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Chicago Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen (8) watches on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

No one wants to see their backup quarterback come into a football game. It typically either means their starter wasn’t good enough or got hurt, forcing the backup into the game. However, some teams are in a much better situation when their backup comes in than others.

According to USA Today, the Bears are not one of those teams. In fact, in their rankings of the best backup quarterbacks in the league, the Bears and Jimmy Clausen are in dead last.

32. Chicago Bears: Hate to knock a guy, but it’s hard to justify Jimmy Clausen’s continued NFL employment. He’s earned every bit of his 1-11 NFL record.

Based on record alone, it’s hard to argue with that ranking. However, finding the difference between Clausen and the Giants’ Ryan Nassib or Houston’s Brandon Weeden is splitting hairs.

Clausen’s time with the Bears hasn’t been pretty, but the team around him hasn’t helped much. Clausen appeared in four games last season, briefly being named the starter over Jay Cutler. He again played in two games this season while Cutler recovered from an injury.

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