Top Five Dallas Cowboys Quarterbacks of All-Time
The Cowboys have been lucky to have some of the better quarterbacks in league history on their side. I think the recent string of quarterbacks which included Vinny Testaverde, Quincy Carter, Drew Henson, and Chad Hutchinson are reminder enough to appreciate the importance of a top-notch signal-caller. Here is my list of the best Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks of all-time. . .
5. Don Meredith
The 60s were quite a different era. Meredith is considered a Cowboys legend, yet his career completion percentage is just over 50 percent. He threw 135 career touchdowns and 111 picks, averaging 7.5 yards-per-pass in the process. His career passer rating of 74.8 and playoff record of 1-3 don’t seem “legend-like” either. Still, he was one of the more efficient passers of his day.
4. Danny White
In reality, White’s career numbers aren’t much different from Roger Staubach’s. He threw for 21,959 yards, 155 touchdowns, and 132 interceptions. His career 7.4 yards-per-attempt is comparable to Staubach’s as well.
However, White compiled just a 5-5 career playoff record, winning zero championships. Amazing how one’s play in the most crucial of games drastically alters future perceptions, isn’t it?
3. Tony Romo
He’s been a starter for only three full seasons and won just one playoff game, so how is Romo ranked at No. 3 on this list? Well, I asked myself which quarterback I’d prefer to be my starter as I enter a season, and while your opinions may differ, I’ll take Romo over White and Meredith.
Romo’s 8.0 yards-per-attempt is insane–fourth all-time and the highest for any quarterback since 1960. His 95.0 passer rating ranks fifth all-time, and in his three seasons as starter, he’s averaged 4,047 yards passing and 29 touchdowns per year.
And he WILL win a Super Bowl before all is said and done.
2. Roger Staubach
What separates Staubach and Aikman from the rest of the Cowboys quarterbacks? Super Bowl rings, of course. Staubach brought home two of them and compiled an impressive 11-6 playoff record. Many people think Staubach’s era was radically different from today’s game, but offenses passed the ball at almost the same rate 25 years ago (54 percent then, 56 percent now).
Staubach’s numbers aren’t astonishing (153/109 TD-to-INT ratio, 7.7 yards-per-attempt, 83.4 career passer rating), but it is his post-season success that sticks in the minds of Cowboys fans around the country.
1. Troy Aikman
A lot of people might find my placement of Aikman ahead of Staubach as blasphemous, but it’s all about the rings. Sure, Aikman’s regular season numbers were never incredible, but they didn’t need to be. While other west coast offenses were allowing quarterbacks to rack up completions, yards, and touchdowns, Aikman was asked to make the more difficult throws to complement a dominating running game. Is that really his fault?
Still, he threw for nearly 33,000 yards and 165 touchdowns. His career 81.6 passer rating and 7.0 yards-per-pass were both inferior to Staubach’s, but Aikman began his career 10-1 in the playoffs. Not bad, I’d say.
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