Sports talk: Reviewing Starting Quarterbacks since the millennium

Reviewing every Quarterback that has started a game for the Buffalo Bills 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 football in full throw 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 flames.

Today we will be focusing on the Buffalo Bills 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 Bills mafia may find a few players they forgot about.

Division: AFC East

Record Since 2000: 161-189

Head Coaches since 2000:

Wade Phillips (1998-2000)

Gregg Williams (2001-2003)

Mike Mularkey (2004-2005)

Dick Jauron (2006-2009)

Perry Fewell (2009-2009)

Chan Gailey (2010-2012)

Doug Marrone (2013-2014)

Rex Ryan (2015-2016)

Anthony Lynn (2016-2016)

Sean McDermott (2017-


** = 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: Alex Van Pelt

Means Acquired: Acquired in Free Agency (1994)

Role: Back up

Stat line: 16-24 (TD:INT) 2,985 Yards 64.1 QBR

Teams played for:

Kansas City Chiefs (1993)

Buffalo Bills (1994-2003)

Name: Doug Flutie (RH)

Means Acquired: Signed w/ the Bills after returning from the CFL in 1998

Role: Starter

Stat line: 86:68 (TD:INT) 14,715 Yards 76.3 QBR

Teams played for:

Chicago Bears (1986-1987)

New England Patriots (1987-1989)

Buffalo Bills (1998-2000)

San Diego Chargers (2001-2005)

New England Patriots (2005)

RH: Most rush yards from a player over 40

Name: Rob Johnson ** (w/ Tampa Bay)

Means Acquired: Traded by Jacksonville Jaguars (1998)

Role: Starter

Stat line: 30:23 TD:INT 5,795 Yards 83.6 QBR

Teams played for:

Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-1997)

Buffalo Bills (1998-2001)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002)

Washington Redskins (2003)

Oakland Raiders (2003)

Name: Drew Bledsoe (1st OVR ** w/ New England RH)

Means Acquired: Trade w/ New England (2002)

Role: Starter

Stat line: 251-206 TD:INT 44,611 Yards 77.1 QBR

Teams played for:

New England Patriots (1993-2001)

Buffalo Bills (2002-2004)

Dallas Cowboys (2005-2006)

Name: J.P. Losman (1st Rd)

Means Acquired: Drafted 1st Rd in 2004

Role: Starter

Stat line: 33:34 TD:INT 6,271 Yards 75.6 QBR

Teams played for:

Buffalo Bills (2004-2008)

Oakland Raiders (2009)

Seattle Seahawks (2010)

Miami Dolphins (2011)

Name: Kelly Holcomb

Means Acquired: Free Agency (2005)

Role: Back Up

Stat line: 39:38 TD:INT 5,916 Yards 79.2 QBR

Teams played for:

Indianapolis Colts (1996-2000)

Cleveland Browns (2001-2004)

Buffalo Bills (2005-2006)

Minnesota Vikings (2007)

Name: Trent Edwards

Means Acquired: Drafted 3rd Rd in 2007 (Buffalo)

Role: Starter

Stat line: 26:30 TD:INT 6,033 Yards 75.5 QBR

Teams played for:

Buffalo Bills (2007-2010)

Jacksonville Jaguars (2010)

Philadelphia Eagles (2012)

Name: Brian Brohm

Means Acquired: Acquired in Free Agency (2009)

Role: Back up

Stat line: 0:5 TD:INT 252 Yards 26.0 QBR

Teams played for:

Green Bay Packers (2008-2009)

Buffalo Bills (2009-2010)

Name: Ryan Fitzpatrick

Means Acquired: Acquired in Free Agency (2009)

Role: Starter

Stat line: 223:169 QB:INT 34,990 Yards 82.3 QBR

Teams played for:

St. Louis Rams (2005-2006)

Cincinnati Bengals (2007-2008)

Buffalo Bills (2009-2012)

Tennessee Titans (2013)

Houston Texans (2014)

New York Jets (2014-2016)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2017-2018)

Miami Dolphins (2019-2020)

Washington Football Team (2021)

Name: Jeff Tuel

Means Acquired: UNDRAFTED free agent (2013)

Role: Depth

Stat line: 1:3 TD:INT 309 Yards 45.1 QBR

Teams played for:

Buffalo Bills (2013-2014)

Name: Thaddeus Lewis

Means Acquired: Traded by Detroit (2013)

Role: Back up

Stat line: 5:4 TD:INT 1,296 Yards 81.4 QBR

Teams played for:

St Louis Rams (2010)

Cleveland Browns (2011-2012)

Buffalo Bills (2013)

Houston Texans (2014)

Philadelphia Eagles (2015)

San Francisco 49ers (2016)

Name: E.J. Manuel (1st Rd)

Means Acquired: Drafted rd 1 by Buffalo

Role: Starter/Franchise (didn’t work)

Stat line: 20:16 TD:INT 3,767 Yards 77.1 QBR

Teams played for:

Buffalo Bills (2013-2016)

Oakland Raiders (2017)

Name: Kyle Orton

Means Acquired: Free Agency 2014

Role: Starter

Stat line: 101:69 TD:INT 18.037 Yards 81.2 QBR

Teams played for:

Chicago Bears (2005-2008)

Denver Broncos (2009-2011)

Kansas City Chiefs (2011)

Dallas Cowboys (2012-2013)

Buffalo Bills (2014)

Name: Matt Cassel

Means Acquired: Traded w/ Minnesota (2015)

Role: Back Up

Stat line: 104:82 TD:INT 17,508 Yards 78.6 QBR

Teams played for:

New England Patriots (2005-2008)

Kansas City Chiefs (2009-2012)

Minnesota Vikings (2013-2014)

Buffalo Bills (2015)

Dallas Cowboys (2015)

Tennessee Titans (2016-2017)

Detroit Lions (2018)

Name: Tyrod Taylor (** w/ The Ravens)

Means Acquired: Free Agency in 2015

Role: Starter

Stat line: 59:26 TD:INT 10,747 Yards 87.9 QBR

Teams played for:

Baltimore Ravens (2011-2014)

Buffalo Bills (2015-2017

Cleveland Browns (2018)

Los Angeles Chargers (2019-20202)

Houston Texans (2021)

New York Giants (2022-)

Name: Nathan Peterman

Means Acquired: Drafted in 5th RD (2017)

Role: Professional Interception Throwing Machine

Stat line: 3:12 TD:INT 573 Yards 34.0 QBR

Teams played for:

Buffalo Bills (2017-2018)

Oakland/ Las Vegas Raiders (2018-2021)

Name: Derek Anderson

Means Acquired: Free Agency (2018)

Role: Back up/ Mentor

Stat line: 60:64 TD:INT 10,878 Yards 70.4 QBR

Teams played for:

Baltimore Ravens (2005)

Cleveland Brown (2005-2009)

Arizona Cardinals (2010)

Carolina Panthers (2011-2017)

Buffalo Bills (2018)

Name: Matt Barkley

Means Acquired: Free Agency (2018)

Role: Depth/ Mentor

Stat line: 11:22 TD:INT 2,699 Yards 66.6 QBR

Teams played for:

Philadelphia Eagles (2013-2014)

Arizona Cardinals (2015)

Chicago Bears (2016)

Arizona Cardinals (2017)

Cincinnati Bengals (2018)

Buffalo Bills (2018-2020)

Carolina Panthers (2021)

Atlanta Falcons (2021)

Name: Josh Allen (1st RD RH)

Means Acquired: Drafted 1st RD (2018)

Role: Franchise

Stat line: 120:50 TD:INT 16,094 Yards 92.9 QBR

Teams played for:

Buffalo Bills (2018-

The future is looking brighter each season with an explosive offense led by Allen and co. Heres to hoping the dark days of the Bills are long gone and a Lombardi trophy is on the horizon.

Quick Recap:

Quarterbacks who were 1st Round Draft picks: 4

Quarterbacks on Super Bowl Squads: 2

Total Quarterbacks started since 2000: 19

Arizona Cardinals: 21

Buffalo Bills: 19

Baltimore Ravens: 17

Atlanta Falcons: 10

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