Hadl

 

 

When questioning a group of Charger fans regarding who their favorite San Diego quarterback of all-time is you receive varied responses.  Depending on which era you began watching the Bolts play, there are about 5 or 6 names that continually seem to pop up and dominate the conversation.

Below is a chart from footballdb.com.

 

Player Seasons # Yrs Att Cmp Pct Yds Avg TD Int Lg Rate
Dan Fouts 1973-1987 15 5,604 3,297 58.8 43,040 7.68 254 242 81t 80.2
Philip Rivers 2004-2013 10 4,108 2,646 64.4 32,369 7.88 221 104 81t 96.0
John Hadl 1962-1972 11 3,640 1,824 50.1 26,938 7.40 201 211 85t 68.9
Stan Humphries 1992-1997 6 2,350 1,335 56.8 16,085 6.84 85 73 99t 77.1
Drew Brees 2001-2005 5 1,809 1,125 62.2 12,348 6.83 80 53 79t 84.9
Jack Kemp 1960-1962 3 815 389 47.7 5,996 7.36 37 49 91t 62.6
Doug Flutie 2001-2004 4 737 408 55.4 4,901 6.65 25 22 78 74.8
John Friesz 1990-1991,1993 3 747 401 53.7 4,396 5.88 19 20 66t 68.7
Jim Harbaugh 1999-2000 2 636 372 58.5 4,177 6.57 18 24 80t 71.9
Billy Joe Tolliver 1989-1990 2 595 305 51.3 3,671 6.17 21 24 49 65.5

 

Needless to say that the last four names are not going to be a part of the poll.  I am going to throw in Jack Kemp for some of our more “seasoned” Charger fans.  Despite not totaling 6,000 yards passing, Kemp did finish with a 22-6 record.  Doug Flutie was one of my favorite quarterbacks but he didn’t really spend enough time as a starter to be in the running.  John Friesz, Jim Harbaugh and Billy Joe Tolliver, well, they are just here to complete the list of the top-ten statistical signal callers.

Although Drew Brees has gone on to win a Super bowl, and have a fantastic career, with the New Orleans Saints, his time with the Chargers is a bit overrated.  Some like to talk about the decision to move on from Brees to Philip Rivers was a huge mistake.  Those that believed that only did so in hindsight.  San Diego, Miami and New Orleans were the only teams interested in signing Brees.  The shoulder injury he suffered in the last week of the regular season in a meaningless game made the decision a bit easier for the Bolts. Having Rivers waiting in the wings contributed to the ease of that decision as well.

 

Humphries

 

 

Stan “The Man” Humphries is the only quarterback on this list to lead San Diego to a Super bowl.  Many fans claim him as their favorite signal caller.  Humphries was ultra-tough and he kind of seemed like of the fans.  He didn’t exactly look like a great athlete. His leadership and toughness make him a fan favorite.

Though John Hadl’s days were before my time, I have the utmost respect for what he did while slinging the ball in the powder blues. As you can see from the chart above, he put up some very impressive numbers.  My issue with Hadl is that he finished his career with more interceptions than touchdowns.

 

Rivers Tunnel

 

 

That brings us to my favorite, Philip Rivers.  His time as a Charger has made him one of my favorite players of all-time, not just a favorite quarterback.  Rivers has at least 4 more years to build on his impressive stats.  Everyone remembers him playing through a torn ACL during the playoffs.  His passer rating is higher than that of Dan Fouts; who we’ll get to in a moment.  Philip has over twice as many touchdowns as interceptions.  Despite consecutive seasons of poor numbers in 2011 and 2012, he has been a steady force since taking over the starting job in America’s finest city.  Rivers will be getting my vote without a doubt.

Last, but not least, is Dan Fouts.  The bearded-Hall of Famer was a part of one of the most prolific offenses of all-time.  And like Rivers, he was incredibly tough.  The stats that Fouts has under his belt earned him the nod to Canton.  I already mentioned that Rivers will get my vote, but it was a terribly hard decision.  Fouts finished with 254 touchdown passes and the former Oregon Duck never played for another NFL franchise other than the Chargers.  He was the real deal.

Now its your turn.  Place your vote on the poll below and then justify your choice by leaving a comment as well.

 

Who is your favorite Charger quarterback of all-time?

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Thanks a lot for reading and voting.

 

Booga Peters

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to Poll: Who is your favorite Charger QB of all-time?

  • Arnie says:

    Stan “The Man” Humphies. When Rivers “actually” leads his team to a Superbowl and wins it, I’ll put his name first. Until then, Stan has set the bar of achievement.

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