List of New England Patriots starting quarterbacks

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Tom Brady warming up before a preseason game against the Washington Redskins in 2009.
Tom Brady warming up before a preseason game in 2009. Brady is the only starting quarterback to have led the Patriots to a Super Bowl victory.

The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in Foxborough, Massachusetts. They are a member of the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC). The team began as the Boston Patriots in the American Football League, a league that merged with the National Football League before the start of the 1970 season.[1] In 1971, the team relocated to Foxborough, where they then became the New England Patriots. Between 1971 and 2001, the Patriots played their home games at Foxboro Stadium. Since 2002, the Patriots have played their home games at Gillette Stadium (formerly CMGI Field), which was built adjacent to Foxboro Stadium (which was then demolished, and the site was turned into a parking lot for Gillette Stadium).

There have been 28 starting quarterbacks (QB) in the history of the franchise. The most starting quarterbacks the Patriots have had in one season is five quarterbacks, in 1987, with five quarterbacks.[a] Past quarterbacks for the Patriots include Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Babe Parilli, Steve Grogan, and Drew Bledsoe.[2] Butch Songin became the first starting quarterback for the Patriots in 1960, when the franchise was first established. He was replaced by Tom Greene for the final two games of the season. Hall of Famer Parilli was the next starting quarterback for the Patriots, from 1961 to 1967. As of 2015, New England's starting quarterback is Tom Brady, whom the Patriots selected in the 6th round (199th pick overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. He is the only quarterback to have led the Patriots to a Super Bowl victory.

History[edit]

Butch Songin became the first starting quarterback for the Patriots in 1960, when the franchise was first established.[3] He went on to start for the first 12 games of the season, and Tom Greene replaced him as starting quarterback for the final two games of the season.[3] Babe Parilli was the next starting quarterback for the Patriots, from 1961 to 1967.[4]

In 1971, when the team moved to Foxborough and renamed from the "Boston Patriots" to the "New England Patriots", Jim Plunkett took over as quarterback.[5] Plunkett started every regular season game for four straight seasons,[6] until he was replaced by Steve Grogan as the first-string starting quarterback in 1975.[7] Grogan was the only starting quarterback for six straight seasons, until Matt Cavanaugh started for four of the sixteen games in 1980.[8] Grogan would continue to start for the Patriots for parts of seasons until his retirement in 1990.[9] Grogan finished his career with 135 games as starting quarterbacks, the second-most of any Patriots starting quarterback ever.[9]

From 1987 until 1993, the Patriots had no regular starting quarterback, with as many as five in one season, until Drew Bledsoe was drafted as the #1 overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft.[10][11] Bledsoe led the team to four playoff appearances (1994, 1996, 1997, and 1998), two AFC East championships (1996 and 1997), and an AFC Championship (1997).[12][13][14][15] Bledsoe was the team's primary starting quarterback for eight straight seasons until a hit by New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis sheared a blood vessel in his chest, which put Bledsoe out for the rest of the season. Before the start of the 2002 season, Bledsoe was traded to the Buffalo Bills and did not get to see the opening of the new Gillette Stadium in September 2002.[11]

Tom Brady, the current quarterback since 2001, has led the team for more regular season games (207), post-season games (29), Super Bowl appearances (6), and complete seasons (12) than any other quarterback in franchise history.[16] Brady's only incomplete seasons were 2001,[17] when he replaced Bledsoe as the starting quarterback and 2008, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game of the regular season.[18] Matt Cassel started the remaining 15 games, and despite missing the playoffs, the team finished with an 11-5 record and second place in the AFC East.[19] Brady also has led the team to all four of the franchise's Super Bowl victories, doing so in 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2014.[16][20] He is one of only two Patriots quarterbacks to have played at Gillette Stadium, the other having been Cassel.[16] Steve Grogan has started the second-most games in franchise history (135), 56 games fewer than Brady.[9]

Regular season[edit]

Year Column links to corresponding team season
(#) Number of games started in the regular season.
Note: Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2014 season.
Season(s) Quarterback(s) Stats
New England Patriots
2015 Tom Brady (16) [21]
2014 Tom Brady (16) [22]
2013 Tom Brady (16) [23]
2012 Tom Brady (16) [24]
2011 Tom Brady (16) [25]
2010 Tom Brady (16) [26]
2009 Tom Brady (16) [27]
2008 Matt Cassel (15) / Tom Brady (1) [19]
2007 Tom Brady (16) [28]
2006 Tom Brady (16) [29]
2005 Tom Brady (16) [30]
2004 Tom Brady (16) [31]
2003 Tom Brady (16) [32]
2002 Tom Brady (16) [33]
2001 Tom Brady (14) / Drew Bledsoe (2) [17]
2000 Drew Bledsoe (16) [34]
1999 Drew Bledsoe (16) [35]
1998 Drew Bledsoe (14) / Scott Zolak (2) [15]
1997 Drew Bledsoe (16) [14]
1996 Drew Bledsoe (16) [13]
1995 Drew Bledsoe (15) / Scott Zolak (1) [36]
1994 Drew Bledsoe (16) [12]
1993 Drew Bledsoe (12) / Scott Secules (4) [10]
1992 Hugh Millen (7) / Scott Zolak (4) / Tom Hodson (3) / Jeff Carlson (2) [37]
1991 Hugh Millen (13) / Tom Hodson (3) [38]
1990 Marc Wilson (6) / Tom Hodson (4) / Steve Grogan (4) [39]
1989 Steve Grogan (6) / Marc Wilson (4) / Tony Eason (3) / Doug Flutie (3) [40]
1988 Doug Flutie (9) / Steve Grogan (4) / Tony Eason (2) / Tom Ramsey (1) [41]
1987[c] Steve Grogan (6) / Tom Ramsey (3) / Tony Eason (3) / Bob Bleier (2) / Doug Flutie (1) [42]
1986 Tony Eason (14) / Steve Grogan (2) [43]
1985 Tony Eason (10) / Steve Grogan (6) [44]
1984 Tony Eason (13) / Steve Grogan (3) [45]
1983 Steve Grogan (12) / Tony Eason (4) [46]
1982[c] Steve Grogan (6) / Matt Cavanaugh (3) [47]
1981 Matt Cavanaugh (8) / Steve Grogan (7) / Tom Owen (1) [48]
1980 Steve Grogan (12) / Matt Cavanaugh (4) [8]
1979 Steve Grogan (16) [49]
1978[b] Steve Grogan (16) [50]
1977 Steve Grogan (14) [51]
1976 Steve Grogan (14) [52]
1975 Steve Grogan (7) / Jim Plunkett (4) / Neil Graff (2) [7]
1974 Jim Plunkett (14) [53]
1973 Jim Plunkett (14) [54]
1972 Jim Plunkett (14) [55]
1971 Jim Plunkett (14) [5]
Boston Patriots
1970 Joe Kapp (10) / Mike Taliaferro (4) [56]
1969 Mike Taliaferro (14) [57]
1968 Mike Taliaferro (7) / Tom Sherman (7) [58]
1967 Babe Parilli (11) / Don Trull (3) [59]
1966 Babe Parilli (14) [60]
1965 Babe Parilli (13) / Eddie Wilson (1) [61]
1964 Babe Parilli (14) [62]
1963 Babe Parilli (14) [63]
1962 Babe Parilli (10) / Tom Yewcic (4) [64]
1961 Babe Parilli (8) / Butch Songin (6) [65]
1960 Butch Songin (12) / Tom Greene (2) [3]

Statistics[edit]

Name Years GS Ref
Brady, TomTom Brady 2001 207 [16]
Grogan, SteveSteve Grogan 19751990 135 [9]
Bledsoe, DrewDrew Bledsoe 19932001 123 [11]
Parilli, BabeBabe Parilli 19611967 84 [4]
Plunkett, JimJim Plunkett 19711975 60 [6]
Eason, TonyTony Eason 19831989 49 [66]
Taliaferro, MikeMike Taliaferro 19681969 25 [67]
Millen, HughHugh Millen 19911992 20 [68]
Songin, ButchButch Songin 19601961 18 [69]
Cassel, MattMatt Cassel 2008 15 [70]
Cavanaugh, MattMatt Cavanaugh 19801982 15 [71]
Flutie, DougDoug Flutie 19871989 13 [72]
Kapp, JoeJoe Kapp 1970 10 [73]
Wilson, MarcMarc Wilson 19891990 10 [74]
Hodson, TomTom Hodson 19901991 7 [75]
Zolak, ScottScott Zolak 1992
1995
1998
7 [76]
Sherman, TomTom Sherman 1968 7 [77]
Secules, ScottScott Secules 1993 4 [78]
Ramsey, TomTom Ramsey 19871988 4 [79]
Yewcic, TomTom Yewcic 1962 4 [80]
Trull, DonDon Trull 1967 3 [81]
Bleier, BobBob Bleier 1987 2 [82]
Carlson, JeffJeff Carlson 1992 2 [83]
Graff, NeilNeil Graff 1975 2 [84]
Greene, TomTom Greene 1960 2 [85]
Wilson, EddieEddie Wilson 1965 1 [86]
Owen, TomTom Owen 1981 1 [87]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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