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The Lindley-Stanton-Thomas Brief – Vol. 1: Revisiting Dieter Brock


The Arizona Cardinals clinched a playoff berth on Sunday night and will start either Ryan Lindley, Drew Stanton, or Logan Thomas at quarterback in their postseason opener in early January. 

Regardless of the starter, one of the three will be likely regarded as one of the worst quarterbacks to ever appear in a postseason game. 

In honor of such a dubious occasion, it’s time to review some of the worst quarterbacks to ever playoff in the postseason. 

Dieter Brock – Los Angeles Rams (1985)

Brock joined the Rams after completing a storied career in the Canadian Football League that saw him win the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player award twice during a run that spanned from 1974 to ’84.

Following his CFL stint, Brock landed in Los Angeles with one of the NFL’s plum jobs…handing the football off to all-world running back Eric Dickerson.

Brock’s job was relatively simple…stay out of E.D.’s way. One season earlier, Dickerson set the NFL record for most rushing yards in a season with 2,105.

The Rams started the ’85 campaign a perfect 7-0 but it wasn’t behind Brock’s arm in the season’s early stages.

During his first three starts, Brock threw two touchdowns while firing six interceptions. He posted passer ratings of 55.8, 48.7, and 55.3 in the season’s first three games.

Despite slow start, Brock eventually came around to guide the 11-5 Rams to the NFC West title and beating out the defending world champion 49ers in the process. He set then-team rookie records (yes, he was considered a rookie even at age 34) for passing yards (2,658) and touchdown passes (16) in a season.

And then the playoffs happened…

Over the span of two postseason games in the ’85 season, Brock compiled simply dreadful postseason numbers:

vs. DAL 6 22 50 0 1 20.6
@ CHI 10 31 66 0 1 28.0
TOTAL 16 53 116 0 2 24.0

I know, what you’re thinking.

Those numbers are terrible…and you’re right.

Brock completed 30% of his passes during his lone postseason run.

Following a 20-0 home win over the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round, Brock and the Rams died a quick football death at the hands of the legendary 1985 Bears in the NFC title game one week later.

The ’85 title game loss marked the final game of Brock’s short-lived NFL career.

Thanks for the memories, Brock.

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