Originally posted on The Show Speak  |  Last updated 12/29/12
Okay, the original plan was to rate Arizona quarterbacks in some sort of sequential hierarchy since the Cardinals moved from St. Louis to Tempe, Arizona in 1988. After further review, this plan seemed frivolous.  Only two quarterbacks have taken the Cardinals to the playoffs since arriving in the desert, Kurt Warner and Jake Plummer. Kurt Warner has by far the most eye popping stats, accumulating 100 touchdown passes in 57 career Arizona starts. He also led the Cardinals to their only Super Bowl appearance. Jake, on the other hand, did not have quite the success as Kurt on the field, however, he started 82 games for the Cardinals, lapping anyone not named Kurt in the games started category. So what about the other twenty-five twenty-six starting quarterbacks since 1988?   Almost impossible to rate. You see, rating Arizona Cardinal starting quarterbacks since 1988 is sort of like having a leash law on unicorns. More specifically, how do you rate Stoney Case vs. John Navarre?   What about the legendary Cliff Stoudt? Where would he rate? If the Cardinals lose tomorrow, they will be 100 games under .500 since moving to Arizona. That is 150 wins and 250 losses. They will have had twenty-eight starting quarterbacks and only one of them has a winning record as a starter. One. See the entire list of Arizona Cardinal starting quarterbacks here. So, I spared the agony of sequentially listing one retread quarterback after another. Instead, it was much more entertaining to play by the numbers, 1 -28, in honor of the Arizona Cardinal starting quarterback carousel established in 1988. 1-   The number of quarterbacks with a winning record in Arizona Cardinal franchise history.  Jay Schroeder holds this honor with a 5-3 career record as a starter for the Cardinals.  Got most of you with this one.2 -  The number of playoff appearances by Jake Plummer, the all time career start leader at QB with Arizona.  (82)3- Max Hall started 3 games for the Arizona Cardinals.  The “Good Job, Good Effort” kid was a big fan of Max's.   4- The number of Arizona Cardinal QB’s that started a Super Bowl.  Unfortunately, only one of the QB’s, Kurt Warner,  started the Super Bowl for the Cardinals.  Boomer Esaison (Cin), Jim McMahon (Chi), and Jay Schroeder (WAS) were the other three QB’s that started a game for the Arizona Cardinals and a Super Bowl.  5- The second most common win total for Arizona starting QB’s.  Five QB’s won a total of five games for the Cardinals:  Jay Schroeder (sadly unappreciated as a Cardinal QB); Gary Hogeboom; Kent Graham; Chris Chandler, and Timm Rosenbach.6-  The number of QB’s who started a game for the Cardinals, yet never won.  Stoney Case, Jim McMahon, John Navarre, Shaun King, Cliff Stoudt, and Stan Gelbaugh.  That’s right, you read that list correctly.7-  Neil Lomax was 7-7 in his Arizona Cardinal starting career.  Keep in mind, Lomax was the QB when they moved from St. Louis to Arizona.  Lomax had a degenerative hip which cut his career short.8-  The number of starts Boomer Esaison had as a Cardinal.  Esaison threw for 522 yards for the Cardinals against the Washington Redskins in 1996.  That was fun.9-  The number of starts Derek Anderson had for the Cardinals.  DA left his wreckage in Arizona and is now holding a clipboard with an excellent view from the sideline of Cam Newton in Carolina.10- In 2006, Matt Leinart was the 10th pick of the first round for the Arizona Cardinals. Leinart sold a lot of pink number 7 jersey's in Arizona. He was also the only QB selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Cardinals since moving to Arizona.  (Timm Rosenbach was a supplemental first round pick in the 1989 supplemental draft-not quite the same.)11- The number of years Tom Tupa punted in the NFL.  Tupa started 13 games for the Arizona Cardinals, sporting a 4-9 record. He was a punter.12- Dave Krieg, Chris Chandler, Steve Beuerlein, and Josh McCown all guided the Cardinal ship to twelve losses while starting at quarterback.13- The perfect time to mention Jeff Blake.  He started thirteen games in Arizona leading them to 3 wins.  Akili Smith beat him out before coming to Arizona.  Read that again.  For fun.14- Kevin Kolb has fourteen starts at QB in Arizona.  After reading this by the numbers list, Kolb is starting to look pretty good again, huh?  Kolb is 6-8 in two years in Arizona, while missing 18 games due to injury.  Restructure the contract and maybe keep him around.  (this is a message to new GM that will be announced within the week after Rod Graves is re assigned within the organization)15- John Skelton has thrown 15 passes as a starting Cardinal QB.  Of course, he has thrown 25 picks, but let’s not harp on that - he is probably going to be inactive Sunday behind two QB’s that have not thrown an NFL touchdown pass in their Cardinal career.  (Ryan Lindley, Brian Hoyer)16- The number of starts and the number of touchdown passes by Dave Krieg as a Cardinal.  Krieg has the third most fumbles in NFL history behind Warren Moon and Brett Favre.17-Taking a break from Cardinal QB analysis, seventeen is the number of points the underdog Cardinals are getting against San Francisco this weekend.  This is the biggest underdog margin for the Arizona Cardinals. (They were 17 point underdogs in St. Louis against the 1978 Roger Staubach led Dallas Cowboys)18- Only five QB’s in Arizona history have had 18 or more starts in their career.  Timm Rosenbach, Steve Beuerlein, Josh McCown, Kurt Warner, and Jake Plummer.19- Chris Chandler threw 19 touchdown passes and 19 interceptions as a Cardinal.  He’s big on the celebrity golf circuit now.20- Timm Rosenbach retired after 20 starts with the Arizona Cardinals.  Rosenbach was ahead of the curve evaluating head injuries and the potential long term damage of concussions.  You can read the NY Times story on Rosenbach here.  21- Steve Beuerlein had twenty-one starts for the Arizona Cardinals.  Beuerlein got trapped in the Buddy Ryan ego years and was railroaded out of town.  While not exactly Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, Beuerlein had put up a respectable 9-12 record, throwing for 23 touchdowns while throwing 26 passes to the wrong team --which by Cardinal QB standards is not horrible.  Oh...and he played behind one of the worst offensive lines in NFL history.22- Josh McCown has the third most starts all time in Arizona as a starting QB.  Josh McCown.23-  Twenty-three of the Arizona Cardinal starting quarterbacks have thrown at least as many interceptions as touchdowns.  The four that have not?  Kurt Warner, Neil Lomax, Kevin Kolb, and Kent Graham.24- The number of points Cardinal QB's have surrendered to the opposing defense via interception since their last TD pass, which was in week 10 (Nov 4, 2012) against Green Bay. The Cardinal QB's have four pick 6s to their credit since Skelton hooked up with Larry Fitzgerald. 25- Twenty-five years in Arizona Cardinal football history...and soon to be (as of Dec. 30, 2012) twenty-eight different starting quarterbacks.  Welcome to the club Brian Hoyer.26- I have made mention of 26 Arizona Cardinal starting quarterbacks.  The only one not mentioned?  Dave Brown.  He was replaced by Danny Kannell in New York (Giants) before signing with the Cardinals.  Need I type more? 27 - The number of QB’s that have started at least 1 game for the Arizona Cardinals at QB as of December 29, 2012.28 - Brian Hoyer. Next man up. Need I say more? Until Next Time, Craig Turley That_Dude_CT Don't forget to compare notes on your favorite Arizona starting quarterback here. H/T:  Pro Football Reference; Revenge of the Birds; Cardinal QB History Breakdown (CT)
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