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Fun QBs (Part 2)

Posted by Chase Stuart on August 7, 2007

Yesterday, we took a look at which QBs have had really fun and really boring seasons. Well it only makes sense now to check out the career list, broken up by era. It's pretty clear to see that each decade breeds more and more boring QBs. The transformation from the vertical game of the AFL to the West Coast Offense and efficient passing games of today makes it necessary to separate out players from different decades. Note: Only QBs with 50 career TDs + INTs were eligible.

Top 10 most passers that debuted before 1960:


Fun Player Cmp Yard TD INT Debut Year
23.68 Sid Luckman 904 14686 137 132 1939
22.91 Lamar McHan 610 9449 73 108 1954
22.76 Ed Brown 949 15600 102 138 1954
21.74 Eddie LeBaron 898 13399 104 141 1952
21.50 Adrian Burk 500 7001 61 89 1950
21.47 Bob Waterfield 814 11849 97 128 1945
21.46 Johnny Lujack 404 6295 41 54 1948
21.15 Cotton Davidson 770 11760 73 108 1954
21.03 Babe Parilli 1552 22681 178 220 1952
21.00 George Ratterman 299 4279 39 41 1950

In the '60s:


Fun Player Cmp Yard TD INT Debut Year
21.09 Steve Tensi 369 5558 43 46 1965
20.73 Daryle Lamonica 1288 19154 164 138 1963
20.39 Jacky Lee 430 6191 46 57 1960
19.96 Don Meredith 1170 17199 135 111 1960
19.95 John McCormick 214 2895 17 38 1962
19.88 Joe Namath 1886 27663 173 220 1965
19.88 Bill Nelsen 963 14165 98 101 1963
19.79 Tom Flores 838 11959 93 92 1960
19.74 Pete Beathard 575 8176 43 84 1964
19.71 Johnny Green 275 3921 26 34 1960

In the '70s:


Fun Player Cmp Yard TD INT Debut Year
20.16 Matt Robinson 244 3519 18 38 1977
19.50 Steve Grogan 1879 26886 182 208 1975
19.21 Steve Ramsey 456 6437 35 58 1970
19.03 Terry Bradshaw 2025 27989 212 210 1970
18.96 Matt Cavanaugh 305 4332 28 30 1979
18.75 Scott Hunter 335 4756 23 38 1971
18.25 Dennis Shaw 489 6347 35 68 1970
17.98 Jim Plunkett 1943 25882 164 198 1971
17.95 Vince Evans 704 9485 52 74 1977
17.93 Lynn Dickey 1747 23322 141 179 1971

In the '80s. [Note: 1980 takes six of the top ten spots (and the 11th one, as well), so I'm going to show the top 10 that debuted in the '80s, along with the next best five that debuted from 1981-1989]:


Fun Player Cmp Yard TD INT Debut Year
17.96 Jay Schroeder 1426 20063 114 108 1985
17.60 Marc Wilson 1085 14391 86 102 1980
17.13 Jeff Kemp 479 6230 39 40 1981
16.81 Dave Wilson 551 6987 36 55 1981
16.80 Cliff Stoudt 359 4506 23 38 1980
16.77 Mike Tomczak 1248 16079 88 106 1985
16.67 Eric Hipple 830 10711 55 70 1980
16.66 Scott Brunner 512 6457 29 54 1980
16.58 Bill Kenney 1330 17277 105 86 1980
16.53 Paul McDonald 411 5269 24 37 1980

16.42 Todd Blackledge 424 5286 29 38 1983
16.40 Boomer Esiason 2969 37920 247 184 1984
16.16 Mike Pagel 756 9414 49 63 1982
16.11 Steve Beuerlein 1894 24046 147 112 1988
16.06 Mark Rypien 1466 18473 115 88 1988

In the '90s or later:


Fun Player Cmp Yard TD INT Debut Year
16.92 Ben Roethlisberger 644 8519 52 43 2004
16.24 Craig Erickson 591 7625 41 38 1992
15.86 Rex Grossman 367 4496 27 26 2003
15.75 Gus Frerotte 1427 18120 95 79 1994
15.68 Kurt Warner 1645 20591 125 83 1998
15.68 Michael Vick 930 11505 71 52 2001
15.59 Trent Green 2143 26963 157 101 1997
15.51 Ryan Leaf 317 3666 14 36 1998
15.51 Tommy Maddox 686 8087 48 54 1992
15.50 Jake Delhomme 1151 13965 92 63 1999

Now let's take a look at the most boring QBs, also sorted by debut year.

Pre-1960:


Fun Player Cmp Yard TD INT Debut Year
17.19 Frank Tripucka 879 10282 69 124 1949
17.21 John Brodie 2469 31548 214 224 1957
17.68 Bart Starr 1808 24718 152 138 1956
17.71 Frankie Albert 316 3847 27 43 1950
17.81 Sonny Jurgensen 2433 32224 255 189 1957
18.19 Milt Plum 1306 17536 122 127 1957
18.23 Bill Wade 1370 18530 124 134 1954
18.38 Len Dawson 2136 28711 239 183 1957
18.45 Jim Finks 661 8622 55 88 1949
18.49 Y.A. Tittle 2118 28339 212 221 1950

1960's:


Fun Player Cmp Yard TD INT Debut Year
15.44 Virgil Carter 425 5063 29 31 1968
15.62 Jack Concannon 560 6270 36 63 1964
15.71 Steve Spurrier 597 6878 40 60 1967
15.88 Bill Munson 1070 12896 84 80 1964
16.14 Roman Gabriel 2366 29444 201 149 1962
16.20 Mike Livingston 912 11295 56 83 1968
16.52 Greg Landry 1276 16052 98 103 1968
16.67 Karl Sweetan 269 3210 17 34 1966
16.87 Gary Cuozzo 584 7402 43 55 1963
16.88 Fran Tarkenton 3686 47003 342 266 1961

1970's:


Fun Player Cmp Yard TD INT Debut Year
14.47 Steve Dils 504 5816 27 32 1979
14.68 Steve Fuller 605 7156 28 41 1979
14.92 Joe Montana 3409 40551 273 139 1979
15.25 Gary Huff 392 4329 16 50 1973
15.39 Steve Deberg 2874 34241 196 204 1978
15.59 Archie Manning 2011 23911 125 173 1971
15.74 Ken Anderson 2654 32838 197 160 1971
15.98 Joe Theismann 2044 25206 160 138 1974
16.05 Gary Danielson 1105 13764 81 78 1976
16.09 Brian Sipe 1944 23713 154 149 1974

1980's:


Fun Player Cmp Yard TD INT Debut Year
13.96 Steve Bono 934 10439 62 42 1985
14.01 Troy Aikman 2898 32942 165 141 1989
14.04 Hugh Millen 560 6440 22 35 1987
14.07 Jim Harbaugh 2305 26288 129 117 1987
14.15 Rich Gannon 2533 28743 180 104 1987
14.20 Steve Walsh 713 7875 40 50 1989
14.33 Bernie Kosar 1994 23301 124 87 1985
14.57 Ken O'Brien 2110 25094 128 98 1984
14.89 Erik Kramer 1317 15337 92 79 1987
14.91 Jack Trudeau 873 10243 42 69 1986

1990's or later:


Fun Player Cmp Yard TD INT Debut Year
12.46 Shane Matthews 492 4756 31 24 1993
13.22 Jim Miller 610 6387 36 31 1995
13.27 David Carr 1243 13391 59 65 2002
13.40 Joey Harrington 1209 12478 72 77 2002
13.58 Brad Johnson 2619 28548 164 117 1994
13.59 Kyle Boller 578 6103 36 34 2003
13.62 Josh McCown 498 5431 25 29 2002
13.76 Danny Kanell 491 5129 31 34 1996
13.80 Chad Pennington 1081 11973 72 46 2000
13.82 Kent Graham 696 7822 39 33 1992

Other notable recent players:


Fun Player Cmp Yard TD INT Debut Year
15.31 Peyton Manning 3131 37586 275 139 1998
15.22 Eli Manning 690 8049 54 44 2004
15.20 Daunte Culpepper 1760 21097 137 89 1999
15.15 Trent Dilfer 1645 19352 106 117 1994
14.92 Jeff George 2298 27602 154 113 1990
14.87 Brett Favre 5021 57500 414 273 1991
14.80 Marc Bulger 1357 16233 95 59 2002
14.80 Carson Palmer 932 10768 78 43 2003
14.60 Drew Bledsoe 3839 44611 251 206 1993
14.58 Donovan McNabb 1898 22080 152 72 1999
14.36 Steve McNair 2600 30191 172 114 1995
14.34 Tom Brady 1896 21564 147 78 2000
14.19 Drew Brees 1481 16766 106 64 2001

[NOTE: ADDED AFTER 11:00 AM EST TODAY]

Here are the numbers for the 2006 season, minimum 200 attempts:

Donovan McNabb		18.04	180	2647	18	 6
Tony Romo 16.83 220 2903 19 13
Rex Grossman 16.29 262 3193 23 20
Ben Roethlisberger 16.21 280 3513 18 23
Michael Vick 16.17 204 2474 20 13
Carson Palmer 15.62 324 4035 28 13
Matt Hasselbeck 15.56 210 2442 18 15
Jason Campbell 15.43 110 1297 10 6
Vince Young 15.35 184 2199 12 13
David Garrard 15.24 145 1735 10 9
Drew Brees 15.01 356 4418 26 11
Peyton Manning 14.91 362 4397 31 9
Jake Plummer 14.82 175 1994 11 13
Damon Huard 14.72 148 1878 11 1
Philip Rivers 14.66 284 3388 22 9
Matt Leinart 14.59 214 2547 11 12
J.P. Losman 14.46 268 3051 19 14
Alex Smith 14.36 257 2890 16 16
Eli Manning 14.27 301 3244 24 18
Jon Kitna 14.20 372 4208 21 22
Andrew Walter 14.13 147 1677 3 13
Brett Favre 13.95 343 3885 18 18
Tom Brady 13.88 319 3529 24 12
Marc Bulger 13.79 370 4301 24 8
Chad Pennington 13.35 313 3352 17 16
Jake Delhomme 13.33 263 2805 17 11
Joey Harrington 13.05 223 2236 12 15
Mark Brunell 12.90 162 1789 8 4
Steve McNair 12.71 295 3050 16 12
Charlie Frye 12.42 252 2454 10 17
Brad Johnson 12.41 270 2750 9 15
Bruce Gradkowski 11.93 177 1661 9 9
David Carr 11.07 302 2767 11 12

I'll leave the commentary up to you guys, today.

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