Some perspective on Chicago quarterback history

April, 3, 2009
Posted by's Kevin Seifert

We touched on the historic abomination of Chicago's quarterback position Thursday in the minutes after the blockbuster Jay Cutler trade, noting the Bears have had only one Pro Bowl quarterback in the past 46 years.

Our friends at ESPN Stats & Information have generated a few other ways of expressing how significant Cutler's arrival in Chicago will be. (As of now, Cutler is scheduled to hold a 6 p.m. ET news conference at the Bears' practice facility. We'll bring you updates as warranted.)

Leading off, it's fair to say that Cutler's performance in Denver last season would have qualified as the single-best season in Chicago's 89-year team history. Check it out, noting that Bill Wade (1962!) holds the Bears' record for most 300-yard games while the remaining marks belong to Erik Kramer (1995):

Cutler's 2008 season vs. Bears' passing records
Jay Cutler   Bears' season
384 Comp. 315
616 Att. 522
8 300-yd. games 4
4,526 Pass yds. 3,838

Cutler earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2008, his third NFL season. The Bears, on the other hand, have the league's second-longest active streak of seasons since placing a quarterback in the Pro Bowl:

Longest active droughts in producing Pro Bowl QB
Team Quarterback Season
Detroit Greg Landry 1971
Chicago Jim McMahon 1985
Miami Dan Marino 1995

Finally, the Bears have produced the second-fewest 3,000-yard passing seasons in NFL history. Only the Baltimore Ravens, which has been in existence for 76 fewer years than the Bears, have less. Chicago also has started an NFL-high 22 different quarterbacks since 1990. Take a look:

Teams with fewest 3,000-yard passing seasons*
Team 3,000-yd.
No. of seasons
in existence
Baltimore 3 13
Chicago 5 89
Jacksonville 6 14
Carolina 6 14
* Does not include Houston (7 seasons in NFL).

Teams with most starting quarterbacks since 1990
Team No. of QBs
Chicago 22
Cleveland 20
Washington 20
Arizona 19
Atlanta 19



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