Sports talk: Reviewing Starting Quarterbacks since the millennium

Reviewing every Quarterback that has started a game for the Baltimore Ravens since 2000.

Some days I wake up and I don’t feel like getting out of bed. I mope around most of the day listening to introspective adult contemporary, staring out the window longingly as the rain trickles down the sill.

And then some days I hop out of bed, put on Pantera and conquer the day and all that other macho bullshit and I guess today is one of those days.

So with my fantasy football leagues weighing heavy on my mind (reigning champion in one) and preseason football just around the corner I decided hell, why not write about something I love. American Football. More specifically, the Quarterback position of Football.

In most offensive systems on the professional level, Quarterbacks are placed in a unique position. They are the de facto leader of the team and generally considered to be the captain of the offense. They have the responsibility of reading defenses, making adjustments and warning their fellow players of what to expect. The very best at the position act as though they have a bird’s eye perspective on the field anticipating every player’s defensive strategy before the play begins. The worst at their position go down in a flames.

Today we will be focusing on the Arizona Cardinals and while this is by no means a comprehensive or complete list it will, however feature any Quarterback that has started a regular season game from the 2000 season forward … so even Cards fans may find a few players they forgot about.

Division: AFC North

Record since 2000: 209-144

Head Coaches since 2000:

Bill Billick (1999-2007)

John Harbaugh (2007-)

Glossary:

** = Super Bowl Appearance

1st = 1st Round Draft Pick

1stOVR = 1st Overall Draft Pick

++ = Franchise

RH = Record Holder

MVP = Most Valuable Player Award Winner

Quarterbacks Who Have Started Since 2000:

Name: Tony Banks (**w/ Ravens)

Means Acquired: Traded from St. Louis Rams

Role: Back up

Stat line: 15.315 Yards 77-73 TD/INT 72.4 Rating

Teams played for:

St. Louis Rams (1996-1998)

Baltimore Ravens (1999-2000)

Washington Redskins (2001)

Houston Texans (2002-2005)

Name: Trent Dilfer (**w/ Ravens 1st Rd)

Means Acquired: Free Agency (2000)

Role: Starter

Stat line: 20,518 Yards 113-129 TD/INT 70.2 Rating

Teams played for:

Drafted 1st RD by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1994-1999)

Baltimore Ravens (2000)

Seattle Seahawks (2001-2004)

Cleveland Browns (2005)

San Francisco 49ers (2006-2007)

Name: Randall Cunningham

Means Acquired: Free Agency (2001)

Role: Back up

Stat line: 29,979 Yards 207-134 TD/INT 81.5 Rating

Teams played for:

Philadelphia Eagles (1985-1995)

Minnesota Vikings (1997-1999)

Dallas Cowboys (2000)

Baltimore Ravens (2001)

Elvis Grbac

Name: Elvis Grbac (** w/ 49ers)

Means Acquired: Free Agency (1997)

Role: Starter

Stat line: 16,774 Yards 99-81 TD/INT 79.6 Rating

Teams played for:

San Francisco 49ers (1993-1996)

Kansas City Chiefs (1997-2000)

Baltimore Ravens (2001)

Jeff Blake

Name: Jeff Blake

Means Acquired: Free Agency (2002)

Role: Journeyman Starter

Stat line: 21,711 Yards 134-99 TD/INT 78.0 Rating

Teams played for:

New York Jets (1992-1993)

Cincinnati Bengals (1994-1999)

New Orleans Saints (2000-2001)

Baltimore Ravens (2002)

Arizona Cardinals (2003)

Philadelphia Eagles (2004)

Chicago Beats (2005)

Chris Redman

Name: Chris Redman (** w/ravens)

Means Acquired: Drafted 3rd round by Baltimore in 2000

Role: Back up

Stat line: 3,047 Yards 21-14 TD/INT 79.4 Rating

Teams played for:

Baltimore Ravens (2000-2003)

Atlanta Falcons (2007-2011)

Anthony Wright

Name: Anthony Wright

Means Acquired: Free Agency (2002)

Role: Depth

Stat Line: 3,590 Yards 20-25 TD/INT 66.3 Rating

Teams Played For:

Pittsburgh Steelers (1999)

Dallas Cowboys (2000-2001)

Baltimore Ravens (2002-2005)

Cincinnati Bengals (2006)

New York Giants (2007)

Kyle Boller

Name: Kyle Boller (1st Rd)

Means Acquired: Drafted 1st Rd by Baltimore 2003

Role: Starter

Stat Line: 8,391 Yards / 48-54TD/INT 69.5 Rating

Teams Played For:

Drafted 1st around by Baltimore

Baltimore Ravens (2003-2008)

St. Louis (2009)

Oakland Raiders (2010-2011)

Steve McNair

Name: Steve McNair (**w/Titans1stRD++w/Houston)

Means Acquired: Traded by Titans

Role: Starter

Stat Line: 31,304 Yards / 174-119 TD/INT 82.8 Rating

Teams Played For:

Drafted 1st Round by Houston Oilers

Houston/Tennessee Oilers/ Titans (1995-2005)

Baltimore Ravens (2006-2007)

Name: Joe Flacco (**w/Ravens 1st RD++) I’m

Means Acquired: Drafted 1st around by Baltimore (2008)

Role: Franchise

Stat Line: 41,269 Yards /227-144 TD/INT 84.2 Rating

Teams Played For:

Drafted first round by Baltimore (2008)

Baltimore Ravens (2008-2018)

Denver Broncos (2019)

New York Jets (2020)

Philadelphia Eagles (2021)

New York Jets (2021-Present)

Name: Matt Schaub (**as backup ++ Houston)

Means Acquired: 3rd Round pick in 2004

Role: Backup

Stat Line: 25,467 Yards 136-91 TD/INT 89.5 Rating

Teams Played For:

Atlanta Falcons (2004-2006)

Houston Texans (2007-2013)

Oakland Raiders (2014)

Baltimore Ravens (2015)

Atlanta Falcons (2016-2020)

Jimmy Clausen

Name: Jimmy Clausen

Means Acquired: Claimed off of waivers (2014)

Role: Depth

Stat Line: 2,520 Yards 7-14 TD/INT 61.9 Rating

Teams Played For:

Carolina Panthers (2010-2013)

Chicago Bears (2014-2015)

Baltimore Ravens (2015)

Name: Ryan Mallet

Means Acquired: Free Agency (2015)

Roles: Back up / Depth

Stat line: 1,835 Yards / 9-10 TD/INT 66.8 Rating

Teams Played For:

New England Patriots (2011-2013)

Houston Texans (2014-2015)

Baltimore Ravens (2015-2017)

Lamar Jackson

Name: Lamar Jackson (1st RD ++)

Means Acquired: Drafted 1st round by Baltimore in 2018

Roles: Franchise

Stat line: 9,967 Yards 84-31 TD//INT 98.1 Ratinf

Teams Played For:

(Drafted 1st RD by Baltimore in 2018)

Baltimore Ravens (2018-)

Name: Robert Griffin III (1st Rd)

Means Acquired: Free Agency (2018)

Roles: Depth/ Mentor

Stat line: 9,271 yards 43-30 TD/INT 86.5 Rating

Teams Played For:

Drafted 1st around by Washington

Washington Redskins (2012-2015)

Cleveland Browns (2016)

Baltimore Ravens (2018-2020)

Name: Josh Johnson

Means Acquired: Signed off Jets Practice Squad (2021)

Roles: Emergency Starter

Stat line: 2,270 Passing Yards 13-16 TD/INT 70.7 Rating

Teams Played For:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2008-2011)

Cleveland Browns (2012)

Cincinnati Bengals (2013)

Indianapolis Colts (2015)

Buffalo Bills (2015)

New York Giants (2016)

Houston Texans (2017)

Washington Redskins (2018)

New York Jets (2021)

Baltimore Ravens (2021)

Denver Broncos (2022-)

Name: Tyler Huntley

Means Acquired: Signed as an UNDRAFTED free agent to Baltimore (2020)

Roles: Back Up

Stat line: 1,096 3-4 TD/INT 76.3 Rating

Teams Played For:

Baltimore Ravens (2020-)

While Lamar has been impressive thus far in Baltimore it still seems as if he hasn’t had an opportunity to show his full true potential in earnest. Hopefully Baltimore fans get to see that before a more serious injury impacts his overall speed and nerve.

Quick Recap:

Quarterbacks who were 1st Round Draft picks: 6

Quarterbacks on Super Bowl Squads: 7

Total Quarterbacks started since 2000: 17

Arizona Cardinals: 21

Baltimore Ravens: 17

Atlanta Falcons: 10

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