Special Report

The Best Quarterback in Each Team's History

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Kansas City Chiefs: Len Dawson
> Years with Chiefs: 1962-1975
> Stats with Chiefs: 28,507 pass yds./237 TDs
> Record with team: 93-56-8
> Achievements with team: 7x Pro-Bowl, 2x All-Pro, AFL Champion, Super Bowl champion, Hall of Fame
> Runner up: Patrick Mahomes

Though Patrick Mahomes appears to be well on his way to becoming the greatest quarterback in Kansas City Chiefs history, he still has a ways to go to catch up with the accomplishments of Hall of Famer Len Dawson. More than 40 years after he retired, Dawson is the franchise leader in career passing yards (28,507) and touchdowns (237).

Dawson joined the Chiefs organization in 1962, the final year the team played in Dallas as the Texans. He led that team to the American Football League Championship. He also led the Chiefs to their first two Super Bowl appearances, losing the first ever Super Bowl to the Green Bay Packers in 1967 but winning Super Bowl IV over the favored Minnesota Vikings in 1970.

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Las Vegas Raiders: Ken Stabler
> Years with Raiders: 1970-1979
> Stats with Raiders: 19,078 pass yds./150 TDs
> Record with team: 69-26-1
> Achievements with team: 4x Pro-Bowl, All-Pro, MVP, Super Bowl champion, Hall of Fame
> Runner up: Rich Gannon

The Las Vegas Raiders, then in Oakland, had one of their most successful stretches when Ken Stabler played for them in the 1970s. Stabler played 10 years with the Raiders, serving as the primary starter for seven of those years.

Stabler led the Raiders to the playoffs six times, and his postseason record of 7-4 with the team included a Super Bowl victory in 1977. The Raiders never had a losing season with Stabler at the helm. His greatest season was 1974, when he won the MVP and led the league in touchdown passes with 26.

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Los Angeles Chargers: Dan Fouts
> Years with Chargers: 1973-1987
> Stats with Chargers: 43,040 pass yds./254 TDs
> Record with team: 86-84-1
> Achievements with team: 6x Pro-Bowl, 2x All-Pro, Hall of Fame
> Runner up: Philip Rivers

Though Philip Rivers holds virtually every passing record in Chargers history, Dan Fouts still stands out as the franchise’s best QB of all time. This is in large part because of his two All-Pro designations and Hall of Fame status. Rivers was never named an All-Pro.

Fouts helped turn the NFL into a high-octane, passing focused league. He led the NFL in passing yards four seasons in a row from 1979-1982. In 1981, Fouts became the first player to pass for over 4,800 yards in a single season.

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Los Angeles Rams: Kurt Warner
> Years with Rams: 1998-2003
> Stats with Rams: 14,447 pass yds./102 TDs
> Record with team: 35-15
> Achievements with team: 3x Pro-Bowl, 2x All-Pro, 2x MVP, Super Bowl champion
> Runner up: Bob Waterfield

Kurt Warner went from bagging groceries to becoming a Hall of Fame QB. He was not drafted to the NFL and played in the Arena Football League and NFL Europe before he signed with the St. Louis Rams. He would eventually take the Rams and their “Greatest Show on Turf” to their only Super Bowl win in Super Bowl XXXIV, passing for 414 yards and winning the MVP.

Warner also has two regular-season MVPs to his credit, for the 1999 and 2001 seasons. Just to prove his time with the Rams was not a fluke, Warner led the 2008 Arizona Cardinals to their first Super Bowl appearance in XLIII.

Miami Dolphins: Dan Marino
> Years with Dolphins: 1983-1999
> Stats with Dolphins: 61,361 pass yds./420 TDs
> Record with team: 147-93
> Achievements with team: 9x Pro-Bowl, 3x All-Pro, MVP, Hall of Fame
> Runner up: Bob Griese

Hall of Famer Dan Marino is another member of the storied quarterback class of 1983, and some might say he is its valedictorian. He is regarded by some NFL historians as the greatest passer to ever play in the NFL, known for his quick release and powerful arm. He was the first quarterback to pass for more than 5,000 yards in one season when he threw for 5,084 in 1984. No other QB could replicate that feat for more than 25 years.

Marino put up impressive statistics in his 17 seasons, all of which were with the Miami Dolphins. He led the NFL in passing yardage five times and touchdowns three times. He made nine Pro Bowls, three All-Pro teams, and was named MVP once, in 1984. He was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2005. Yet there is one blot on Marino’s storied career — his playoff struggles. In spite of his statistical success, Marino made it to just one Super Bowl. His Dolphins lost to the San Francisco 49ers in 1985.