Hey all, long time lurker here. Iíve been wondering for a while what the power ranking for the top 10 AFC east QBs of all time would look like. So, I spent some time thinking about it, did some research at profootballreference.com and created my own list. Before revealing my list, some caveats. First super bowl wins count more, in general, than any other stat. Second, I tried to divorce myself from my Dolphin homerism. Third, Iíve only followed football since 95, so I donít have a reference on some of the older QBs outside of their statistics. Finally, the bottom half of this list was damn hard to make. Here we go (apologies if someone else has made this thread before):
- Tom Brady
Comment: God damnit
2. Dan Marino
Comment:The only exclusion to my super bowl rule.His pure statistics are so much superior than anyone else in the division that has won a super bowl (other than that ******* above) , that he deserves to be here.
3. Bob Griese
Comment:The first ďbefore my time guy.ĒTruthfully, I felt he was a bit overrated, but 2 super bowls and an undefeated season are more than anyone else on this list can boast.
4. Jim Kelly
Comment:I know Iím violating my super bowl rule again, but 4 super bowl appearances and superior statistics have to be worth at least one super bowl win, right?
5. Joe Namath
Comment:Probably the first premier quarterback of the AFC east and the first super bowl winner in the entire AFC.
6. Drew Bledsoe
Comment:I always felt he was overrated growing up, but he did lead the hapless Patriots ( it feels good saying that) to the super bowl in the 90s.
7. Earl Morrall
Comment:This is the first member of this list I expect to catch heat from.Yes, I realize he was mostly a career backup, however, in my opinion, he contributed more to the 72 undefeated season than did Griese.Add in another championship with the Colts before the joined the AFC east and heís number 7.
8. Chad Pennington
Comment:Here is where the list gets officially difficult.There are other quarterbacks who have led their team to the super bowl, but none played in such a pass centric league like Pennington.So despite his lack of playoff hardware, I have to give him credit for taking several mediocre teams from two franchises to the playoffs.
Comment: Were the placeholders between the Griese and Marino eras, led the Dolphins to a super bowl in a strike shortened season and assisted Marino in getting to his only super bowl appearance.Iím reaching for straws nowÖ
10. Ken OíBrien
Comment:Maybe?Could also be Steve Grogan, or Tony Eason, or perhaps Bert Jones?I assume the Bills have had quarterbacks other than Kelly.Maybe some of them were decent?
So any thoughts?