AFC East: Gus Frerotte
With Tyler Thigpen about to become the Miami Dolphins' third starting quarterback of the season, it's time to dust off that long list of quarterbacks to have started since Dan Marino hung up that weird boxing-boot cleat after the 1999 season.
Thigpen will be the 15th quarterback to start a game for Miami since Marino retired.
Only twice in those 11 seasons has a quarterback started all 16 games. Those "perfect seasons" came seven years and 11 new starting quarterbacks apart. The Bills at least had Drew Bledsoe starting 48 straight games from 2002 through 2004.
This will be the fourth season in which at least three quarterbacks started for the Dolphins since Marino retired.
2000: Jay Fiedler (15), Damon Huard (one)
2001: Fiedler (16)
2002: Fielder (10), Ray Lucas (six)
2003: Fiedler (11), Brian Griese (five)
2004: A.J. Feeley (eight), Fiedler (seven), Sage Rosenfels (one)
2005: Gus Frerotte (15), Rosenfels (one)
2006: Joey Harrington (11), Daunte Culpepper (four), Cleo Lemon (one)
2007: Lemon (seven), Trent Green (five), John Beck (four)
2008: Chad Pennington (16)
2009: Chad Henne (13), Pennington (three)
2010: Henne (eight), Pennington (one)
But for crying out loud, they need to get a regular quarterback at some point.
Maybe Chad Henne will be that guy. That's why the Dolphins drafted him in the second round out of Michigan last year.
Henne made his first NFL start Sunday, completing 14 of 22 passes for 115 yards and one touchdown to beat the Buffalo Bills in Land Shark Stadium.
Henne become the 13th Dolphins quarterback to start since Marino retired. That was more recently than you probably think. Although it seems like a lifetime ago for Dolfans, the post-Marino era began in 2000.
Henne is only the fifth quarterback to win his first start for the Dolphins since Marino retired.
The rundown of quarterbacks who have started for Miami since Marino retired, with 2001 the only season they didn't use a new one (asterisk denotes winner in first start).
When it comes to carrying a team, Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of the past 35 years.
So says research done by Mark Wald of the underrated and often fascinating ColdHardFootballFacts.com.
Because a high number of pass attempts generally equates to a defeat, Wald wanted to ascertain which quarterbacks have had the greatest success when throwing a lot. He ran the stats from 1960 through 2008, qualifying a game in which a quarterback was asked to "carry the team" as 30 or more passes pre-1978 and 40 or more passes from 1978 on.
Wald's data showed Daryle Lamonica was worthy of his nickname, The Mad Bomber.
Lamonica ranked first with a .703 winning percentage when asked to carry his team. Brady was second at .680. Bart Starr and Bill Nelsen were tied for third at .625.
Big deal, you say?
Then consider this: The average winning percentage is .307 for all quarterbacks in "carry the team" qualifying games.
Some other AFC East quarterbacks of note:
12. Jack Kemp, .490.
14. Dan Marino, .478.
16. Al Dorow, .462.
Wald also listed the quarterbacks with the worst records when asked to carry his team. Here are the quarterbacks with AFC East backgrounds: