List of starting quarterbacks in the National Football League

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Brett Favre holds the record for most consecutive starts by a starting quarterback.

In American football, the starting quarterback is typically viewed as the leader of a team.[1] The quarterback is considered the most important position on the field and among the most important positions in team sports.[2][3] They are among the most high-profile athletes in the world, and have been described as "akin to A-list celebrities".[4] The success of an NFL franchise often rests on the quarterback; thus, teams will go to great lengths to find a "franchise quarterback" to build around for the long term.[5]

Tom Brady holds the record for most wins by a starting NFL quarterback, with 201, a record formerly held by Peyton Manning.[6] Manning is tied with Brett Favre for the most regular season wins by an NFL quarterback, with 186.[7] Favre also holds the record for most consecutive starts by an NFL quarterback. From September 27, 1992, to December 5, 2010, Favre started a total of 297 regular season games and 24 playoff games, totaling 321 consecutive games.[8][9] The longest active streak of consecutive starts is held by New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning at 179 starts, with his first start coming on November 21, 2004.[10][11]

List[edit]

Notes:
  1. "Starter since" refers to the start date of a quarterback's current starter streak. (regular season only)
  2. The players listed here are the most recent starting quarterbacks in a regular season game for each team.
Division Team Quarterback College Year drafted (pick) Starter since Ref.
NFC West Arizona Cardinals (list) Palmer, CarsonCarson Palmer USC 2003 (1) October 17, 2016 [12]
NFC South Atlanta Falcons (list) Ryan, MattMatt Ryan Boston College 2008 (3) December 20, 2009 [13]
AFC North Baltimore Ravens (list) Flacco, JoeJoe Flacco Delaware 2008 (18) September 11, 2016
AFC East Buffalo Bills (list) Manuel, EJEJ Manuel Florida State 2013 (16) January 1, 2017
NFC South Carolina Panthers (list) Newton, CamCam Newton Auburn 2011 (1) October 16, 2016
NFC North Chicago Bears (list) Barkley, MattMatt Barkley USC 2013 (98) November 27, 2016
AFC North Cincinnati Bengals (list) Dalton, AndyAndy Dalton TCU 2011 (35) September 11, 2016
AFC North Cleveland Browns (list) Griffin III, RobertRobert Griffin III Baylor 2012 (2) December 11, 2016
NFC East Dallas Cowboys (list) Prescott, DakDak Prescott Mississippi State 2016 (135) September 11, 2016 [14]
AFC West Denver Broncos (list) Siemian, TrevorTrevor Siemian Northwestern 2015 (250) December 11, 2016 [15]
NFC North Detroit Lions (list) Stafford, MatthewMatthew Stafford Georgia 2009 (1) September 11, 2011 [16]
NFC North Green Bay Packers (list) Rodgers, AaronAaron Rodgers California 2005 (24) December 29, 2013 [17]
AFC South Houston Texans (list) Savage, TomTom Savage Pittsburgh 2014 (135) December 24, 2016
AFC South Indianapolis Colts (list) Luck, AndrewAndrew Luck Stanford 2012 (1) December 5, 2016
AFC South Jacksonville Jaguars (list) Bortles, BlakeBlake Bortles UCF 2014 (3) September 28, 2014 [18]
AFC West Kansas City Chiefs (list) Smith, AlexAlex Smith Utah 2005 (1) November 13, 2016 [19]
NFC West Los Angeles Rams (list) Goff, JaredJared Goff California 2016 (1) November 20, 2016 [20]
AFC East Miami Dolphins (list) Moore, MattMatt Moore Oregon State 2007 (n/a) December 17, 2016
NFC North Minnesota Vikings (list) Bradford, SamSam Bradford Oklahoma 2010 (1) September 18, 2016 [21]
AFC East New England Patriots (list) Brady, TomTom Brady Michigan 2000 (199) October 9, 2016
NFC South New Orleans Saints (list) Brees, DrewDrew Brees Purdue 2001 (32) October 4, 2015 [22]
NFC East New York Giants (list) Manning, EliEli Manning Ole Miss 2004 (1) November 21, 2004 [11]
AFC East New York Jets (list) Fitzpatrick, RyanRyan Fitzpatrick Harvard 2005 (250) January 1, 2017
AFC West Oakland Raiders (list) McGloin, MattMatt McGloin Penn State 2013 (n/a) January 1, 2017
NFC East Philadelphia Eagles (list) Wentz, CarsonCarson Wentz North Dakota State 2016 (2) September 11, 2016 [23]
AFC North Pittsburgh Steelers (list) Jones, LandryLandry Jones Oklahoma 2013 (115) January 1, 2017
AFC West San Diego Chargers (list) Rivers, PhilipPhilip Rivers NC State 2004 (4) September 11, 2006 [24]
NFC West San Francisco 49ers (list) Kaepernick, ColinColin Kaepernick Nevada 2011 (36) October 16, 2016 [25]
NFC West Seattle Seahawks (list) Wilson, RussellRussell Wilson Wisconsin 2012 (75) September 9, 2012 [26]
NFC South Tampa Bay Buccaneers (list) Winston, JameisJameis Winston Florida State 2015 (1) September 13, 2015 [27]
AFC South Tennessee Titans (list) Cassel, MattMatt Cassel USC 2005 (230) January 1, 2017
NFC East Washington Redskins (list) Cousins, KirkKirk Cousins Michigan State 2012 (102) September 13, 2015 [28]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Wertheim, Jon; Sommers, Sam (February 3, 2016). "Ranking starting quarterbacks by perceived leadership". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Steve Young: Quarterback is the most important position in football". Los Angeles Times. January 28, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  3. ^ Brooks, Bucky (July 27, 2015). "Ranking each position's importance, from quarterback to returner". NFL.com. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ La Canfora, Jason (June 7, 2016). "Here are the 7 tiers of NFL quarterbacks and where all 32 starters fit in". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ Farmer, Sam (April 30, 2016). "NFL draft reiterates the importance of the quarterback position". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Brett Favre Statistics". Pro Football Reference.com. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  7. ^ "Peyton Manning Statistics". Pro Football Reference.com. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  8. ^ "Brett Favre - Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  9. ^ "Favre's consecutive start streak comes to an end at 297". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  10. ^ "Eli Manning - Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  11. ^ a b "Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants - 2004 Week 11". National Football League. November 21, 2004. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ Odegard, Kyle. "Cardinals Ready To Start Rolling". azcardinals.com. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  13. ^ "Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets - 2009 Week 15". National Football League. December 20, 2009. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  14. ^ Shook, Nick. "Dak Prescott: I prepared as the starter 'to begin with'". NFL.com. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  15. ^ Mason, Andrew. "Trevor Siemian will be the Broncos' starting quarterback". DenverBroncos.com. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  16. ^ "Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 2011 Week 1". National Football League. September 11, 2011. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears - 2013 week 17". National Football League. December 29, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers - 2014 Week 4". National Football League. September 28, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  19. ^ "No Doubt Alex Smith is Chiefs #1". August 25, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2015. 
  20. ^ Lankford, Austin (December 12, 2015). "Rams Look to Bounce Back vs. Lions". National Football League. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  21. ^ Orr, Conor. "Sam Bradford will start for Vikings vs. Packers". NFL.com. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  22. ^ "Saints QB Drew Brees won't play vs. Panthers". National Football League. September 25, 2015. Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  23. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Carson Wentz named Eagles' starting quarterback". NFL.com. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  24. ^ "San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders - 2006 Week 1". National Football League. September 11, 2006. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  25. ^ Boren, Cindy. "49ers' Colin Kaepernick will start against Bills". Washington Post. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  26. ^ "Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals - 2012 Week 1". National Football League. September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Jameis Winston named Buccaneers' starter...". ESPN.com. July 31, 2015. , cited in "Buccaneers name Jameis Winston...". SB Nation. July 31, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Jay Gruden: Kirk Cousins is Redskins starter for 2015". National Football League. August 31, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2015.