Best first 100 career starts by quarterbacks


According to, the best record for a QB in his first 100 regular season starts during the Super Bowl era is 76-24, shared by Tom Brady and Roger Staubach:

Brady won 76 of his first 100 regular season starts, tying Roger Staubach’s mark for most victories by a quarterback in his first 100 starts during the Super Bowl Era (since 1966).

The only other data I could find is for active QBs as of October 18, 2013 (source: ESPN):

The reason you don't see Aaron Rodgers in that list is because he didn't start his 100th regular season game until this 2014 season. The reason you don't see Brett Favre in that list is because he wasn't active in 2013 (he retired after the 2010...

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This week's "Talkin' Lions" with Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez tackles the Lions' win over the Rams, and previews Sunday's game against Washington.

No longer just ‘Stat Padford,’ Detroit QB takes fine numbers, a winning streak into 100th career start vs. Washington

The messages came trickling in one by one, from former colleagues with the Denver Broncos and others across the league.

When Brian Callahan left the Broncos days after winning the Super Bowl in February to take over as Lions quarterbacks coach, one person after another reached out to congratulate him on the job.

There was Gary Kubiak, his boss with the Broncos and a longtime former NFL quarterback. There was Greg Knapp, Denver’s esteemed passing-game coordinator and a coach whose quarterbacks have made 11 Pro Bowls. And there was John Elway, the Broncos general manager and a Hall of Fame quarterback in his playing days.

All had the same message for Callahan: Good luck in...

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Football is a sport that is enjoyed by millions of people. When you start bantering about the best player of any position, there will be debate, but none comes close to the arguments around the best quarterback to play the game. Of course, for the rabid fan, their favorite quarterback is usually either the one currently playing for their favorite team (provided their team has a winning record), or the quarterback who took their favorite team to the Super Bowl (and won). Those criteria, however is not enough for a quarterback to make it to the top ten. There are many factors to consider when choosing the best of anything, and quarterbacks are no exception. Some of the men on this list are multiple champions, while others, well, not-so-much. But what all the QBs on this list have in common is their ability to make plays happen when other QBs would have just fallen on the ball. We've listed our ten below and explained why they made the cut.

10 Roger Staubach


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oger Staubach and Troy Aikman had Hall of Fame...

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This book contains entries on 367 men and attempts to answer three questions about each quarterback: Who was he? What was his playing style? How good was he?. The bulk of the group is made up of 338 quarterbacks who have started at least 10 games in the NFL since 1950. Beginning with 1950, two-platoon football was made permanent allowing the T-formation quarterback to focus solely on offense without also having to play defensive back anymore. The advent of the two-platoon game also made it easier to track starting quarterbacks. In the book, I also included 27 pre-1950 signal callers, some of whom played at least part of their career as single-wing tailbacks. These men either were likely to have started at least 10 games at quarterback or were passers of such significance that they could not be ignored.

I used a cutoff point of 10 NFL starts in order to keep the book to a manageable length, but there are at least another 240 quarterbacks who started a...

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This list of the greatest quarterbacks of all time only includes the best NFLquarterbacks to ever play professional football. Who are the best quarterbacks of all time? That is a question that experts have been tackling since the NFL first started in the 1920s. Defining who the best quarterback of all time is isn't easy since every fan has a different criteria that defines who is the

best NFL

quarterback. If you like championships, then quarterbacks like Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, Tom Brady, Terry Bradshaw, and Bart Starr are your guys. If you like gaudy numbers then you're more likely to be a fan of Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, and Brett Favre.

The top quarterbacks of all time are known for their excellent skills and leadership on the field. The quarterback position is the most important in football. The position entails being a coach on the field who can call and adjust plays on a whim and being able to dissect the defensive coverage by taking a peek at what...

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Welcome to For the Win’s ranking of all 32 NFL starting quarterbacks. These rankings are based entirely on film study, with each passer being graded on six attributes: Accuracy, arm strength, athleticism, pocket presence, field vision and pre-snap ability. For a more thorough explanation of the grading click here.

NOTE: Because we don’t know who will be starting in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Denver, we’ve included both players fighting for those jobs.

Keenum is the favorite to win the starting quarterback job in Los Angeles, but it’s only a matter of time before he’s overtaken by the more talented Jared Goff. Keenum is solid when it comes to the mental side of the game, but he does not have enough arm talent to be a starter in the NFL. His deep passes hang in the air and consistently fall short of the intended target. When he tries ramp it up and thread the ball through a tight window, his accuracy suffers.

Projecting rookie quarterbacks is...

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What is the measure of an elite quarterback, and can it be measured at all? NFL historians like to paint the most venerable signal callers as something out of mythology, but there are a handful of ways to separate the wheat from the chaff in the NFL — ways, we mean, beyond the number of Super Bowl rings and ‘intangibles’ — and a lot of them can be found in the advanced statistics community.

Over at Football Perspective, Chase Stuart explored ways to examine how long some of the league’s best quarterbacks took in establishing themselves as such. Emboldened by his findings, we decided to take them in a different direction, taking Stuart’s list of QBs who averaged at least one net yard above their peers, then ranking them based on their Adjusted Yards per Attempt, a way to explore a quarterbacks completions and touchdowns against interceptions (the official formula can be found here), for their first “season” of play — specifically their first...

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Updated: 04/1/16

The NFL quarterback is the most glamorous figure in United States. The quarterback is the hope and dreams of his team. He also carries the flag for the entire cities, religions and the way of life. The pressure they live in is unreal. It is a fact that, the Americans look to the NFL gladiator for controlled violence, strength and stamina. The NFL quarterback is the one member of entourage which combines with intelligence, leadership and strategic thought. They are the brute force to control the game and ultimately emerge as victorious.

Sports fans consider the best NFL quarterbacks of all time as icons that define cities and dynasties. In order to be defined as the best quarterbacks of all time, the signal caller must combine top-shelf mechanics with the game-time decision making. Beyond the nuts and bolts of execution, the NFL quarterback must have the ability to win.

Top 10 Best NFL Quarterbacks of All time:

Today, Sporty Ghost will...

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Matt Barkley doesn't know how long it will last, but he's hoping to make the most of his first career start.

No one with the Chicago Bears is saying if it will be his last or if he'll play the rest of the year.

Barkley is the likely starter Sunday against the Tennessee Titans following a right shoulder injury suffered by quarterback Jay Cutler last week. Cutler isn't practicing, but head coach John Fox at least likes the fact it might not be the end of the line for the veteran starter.

"You know, in my experience with Jay, he's a tough son of a gun," Fox said. "So he doesn't go typical of the lengths people put into it as far as weeks and whatnot.

"So, you know, right now he is day to day."

Earlier media reports called it a season-ending labrum injury. While Fox was vague on the injury's severity and whether it requires surgery, he does know it's possible Cutler could play again this year.

"It's not season-ending,...

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Tense games filled the opening Sunday of the NFL season, as three quarterbacks -- Carson Wentz (Eagles), Jimmy Garoppolo (Patriots) and Dak Prescott (Cowboys) -- made their first career starts. Two of them won, joining Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian, who made his NFL debut Thursday. Both Wentz and Garoppolo showed surprising poise and steadiness during their victories. Prescott, meanwhile, wasn't able to lead the Cowboys to a win against the Giants, but he delivered a credible performance in bringing Dallas within a point of beating their archrivals.

Who of the three was best during the opener, though? While we've had some time to digest how Siemian performed since Thursday night, I hustled through the quick turnaround Sunday and rewatched Wentz, Garoppolo and Prescott to get a closer look at where they excelled. To do that, we have to take a look at how the system was built around each of these quarterbacks and what they did to make plays on Sunday. Let's start by taking...

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1Joe MontanaJoseph Clifford "Joe" Montana, Jr., nicknamed Joe Cool and The Comeback Kid, is a retired American football quarterback.

Joe Montana is definitely the best and I definitely agree that Tom Brady is second so I'm glad they put those two on there aren't you?

Joe had the amazing ability to place the ball in the hands of his receivers without them missing a stride! Better than any other QB in history at doing this!

Four superbowl wins... Great throws all the time - BoredTexasDude

No comparison!

V362 Comments 2Tom BradyThomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr., is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League.

He holds more records than any other quarterback, highest winning percentage of any quarterback, he's won 3 Superbowls and 2 MVPs in the 9 years that he played. Obviously he's the best. One more Superbowl and...

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Sports on Earth is counting down the best returning players at every position in college football heading into the 2016 season. Last week, we broke down the top 20 defensive ends and top 20 defensive tackles. This week, the series finishes with the top 30 quarterbacks.

There is little doubt who belongs at the top of the list of best quarterbacks returning to college football in 2016, but it doesn't take long for the exercise to get a bit difficult. The SEC in particular has gone through an unexpected dip in proven talent, and several high-profile teams nationally -- Florida State, Alabama, USC, Michigan, Stanford, TCU and more -- are still trying to pick a starter entering the fall.

Our preseason list thus sticks mostly to known quantities. Players like Florida State's Deondre Francois, North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky, USC's Max Browne and whomever Alabama chooses to start could easily join this list by the end of the season. For now, though, they are all relative...

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Johnny U.

Forget the three MVP awards. Forget that he engineered the biggest end-game drive in the first 50 years of the NFL. Forget the high-top shoes, or that he played until he was 40 ... OK, we'll allow you to remember that he threw a touchdown pass in an incredible 47 straight games. Unitas was simply THE MAN. You'll also note that he won's Greatest Quarterback of All Time bracket.

And that's what got us here ... trying to rank the best signal-callers to ever play the pro game. Of course, with apologies to the CFL, we're going to limit ourselves to the NFL -- although if we had considered rival leagues, Doug Flutie might have snuck onto this list.

Speaking of sneaking, some QBs slipped under the radar in that bracket -- like Drew Bledsoe, who took down Troy Aikman in the first round. Between that and the fact that Peyton Manning also flamed out early, my editor asked that I rank the 20 best quarterbacks over the 94-year history of the...

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This is not an MVP vote. It was a simple process, detailed here:

The parameters: Rate players based on how good they are -- not what positions they play or how many endorsements they have. All NFL players were eligible.

The process: Rate every player on a scale of 1-100. A score of 100 implies an all-time level of excellence; a 1 is for a player who doesn't belong in the NFL.

The panel: More than 50 voters. NFL analysts, reporters and statisticians -- both from ESPN and outside ESPN -- including former players and NFL front-office members.

That's it. We considered all NFL players and had a deep group of analysts rate them based on how good they are -- nothing more.

We'll be counting down the list in three installments, starting with players ranked from 100-51.

Avg. rating: 80.13 | 2015 rank: NR

Trufant is an ascending shutdown corner, which is part of the reason why the Falcons are considering more man-to-man coverage this season. He...

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Along with the announcement of Peyton Manning’s retirement has come the debate surrounding his place in NFL history. The five-time MVP is one of the game's greatest quarterbacks, and some have even argued he’s the best signal caller the game has ever seen.

Manning holds numerous NFL records and is a two-time Super Bowl champion, but his inconsistencies as a playoff performer and as well as some other intangibles, prevent him from being known as the best signal caller ever. International Business Times has compiled a list of the greatest 50 quarterbacks, featuring Manning and other active quarterbacks near the top.

This list does not put a very high premium on Super Bowl victories considering the importance of defense, coaching, special teams and other intricacies. Rather, it compares and contrasts quarterbacks with the peers of their era.

There is special importance placed on how long a quarterback played at top form. While some quarterbacks spent a long time...

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The master and the puppet?

Last summer, I looked at the

age curves for running backs

in an attempt to find out if there is a magical cliff at age 30 (there isn’t). But when

I wrote


Josh Freeman

last week, I started thinking about quarterback age curves.

The first step in trying to measure the aging patterns of quarterbacks is to figure out a sample to analyze. I decided to look at all quarterbacks who entered the league since 1970 and have since retired. I further limited my sample to quarterbacks who had at least three seasons of above-average play based on this system. That brought us to a group of 77 quarterbacks, from quarterbacks like Jon Kitna, Jay Fiedler, and Dan Pastorini to Hall of Famers like Joe Montana, Brett Favre, and Dan Marino.

While before I graded quarterbacks based on how much value over average they provided, that baseline is too high for this type of post. Instead, I gave quarterbacks credit for their value over...

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