It's not easy being a QB. We'd never insinuate otherwise. Sometimes, though, when the world closes in on the NFL's signal-callers, all you can do is sit back and laugh. With Sunday still days away, here are 16 photos of NFL quarterbacks failing miserably through the years — and having to grin and bear the consequences.
Josh McCown learns a lesson about taking flight
Trying to dive into the end zone for a touchdown probably seems like a good idea before you leave your feet. Browns QB Josh McCown learned the hard way that sometimes, you end up contemplating your existence while you stare at the ball you just dropped instead.
Johnny Manziel leans into a sack
These won't all be pictures of Browns quarterbacks, I promise. But we could probably do this same gallery with just Cleveland signal-callers.
Nick Foles no longer knows what joy is
Throwing an interception sucks. Watching Morris Claiborne bust out a leaping celebration as he returns a pick-six sucks more.
For Russell Wilson's next trick ...
What do you do when you're about to be sacked? For Russell Wilson, the answer is "attempt a behind-the-back pass with zero chance of success." It's good to think outside the box.
Matthew Stafford did not appreciate this sack
"Listen, big guy. You hit me one more time, and I'm going to show you why I'm gritting my teeth like this. DON'T YOU WALK AWAY FROM ME!"
Chin up, slugger
Technically, Miami TE Anthony Fasano was the one who messed up here, not Chad Pennington. More like Dad Pennington, though, right?
Hey, where are you going?!
Rex Grossman is gross, man
You know you're having a rough day, as Grossman did here with a lost fumble, when your opponent gives you the ol' "you'll get 'em next time, champ" slap on the helmet.
Who's up for some leap Schaub?
The New York Jets made doubly sure that they sacked Matt Schaub, and had some playground-style fun for good measure. Football is a children's game, after all.
Worst snow angel ever.
You gotta love the gunslinger, Brett Favre. He's always out there acting like a big kid, just having fun and watching as the ball sails over his head and he falls down in the snow. Good times, good times.
This is not the time for rap squats
Hey, look, it's Russell Wilson again. This time, he's demonstrating proper technique on taking a seat in the middle of a football game. He's all about the fundamentals.
Peyton Manning tallies 1/100th of a solo tackle
When you throw an interception, you have a moral obligation to try to prevent a return for a touchdown. Peyton Manning obliged — barely. Look at his face!
Will Eli Manning restore his family's honor?
Here, we see Eli Manning considering making a goal line tackle after throwing an INT ...
... and here we see Manning saying, "Nah."
"I close my eyes, only for a moment ..."
" ... and the pocket's gone. All my dreams (of not being sacked) pass before my eyes, a curiosity."
Ryan Fitzpatrick probably didn't sing that on this sack, but you can't prove he didn't.
Matt Moore proposes a different outcome
It's always so romantic when someone gets down on one knee and asks the football they just fumbled to marry them. I promised myself I wouldn't cry, though.
Kirk Cousins should get used to this
An opposing cornerback looking over his shoulder, taunting Cousins as he takes an interception to the house? That might as well be the Cousins family Christmas card.