There are a lot of teams that have struggled to find a franchise quarterback over the years. The Browns had famously employed a quarterback carousel since the Bernie Kosar days before Baker Mayfield arrived. The Washington Football Team has rotated through different quarterbacks since Joe Theismann broke his leg on that famous Lawrence Taylor sack.
And let’s not forget the Jets, who have used a variety of stopgap veterans and young, potential-packed starters over the last couple of decades.
Yes, most NFL teams struggle to find consistency at the quarterback spot. That doesn’t include the Packers, however.
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Green Bay has long had a franchise quarterback in place and has been one of the most successful NFL teams as a result. The Packers transitioned smoothly from the Brett Favre era to the Aaron Rodgers era, and they’ll hope to do that with Jordan Love as well.
Love is set to make his first career start on Sunday afternoon in the Packers’ game against the Chiefs. It will mark a big moment for the second-year first-round pick out of Utah State.
That said, it also is a great reminder of the stability the Packers have had at quarterback.
Love will become just the eighth different starting quarterback that the Packers have used in the last 30 seasons since Favre became the starter in 1992. No other team has used fewer than 12 since that time. Meanwhile, Washington has had nine different starting quarterbacks in the last four seasons.
So, Love is joining a pretty exclusive list on Sunday afternoon. Here’s a rundown of the starters the Packers have employed since 1992 from the most to least starts made.
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Packers starting QBs since 1992
- Years with Packers: 1992 to 2007
- Total starts (including playoffs): 275
Favre started the streak for the Packers when he took over as the team’s starting quarterback during Week 4 of the 1992 NFL season. That marked Favre’s first career start and also began the league’s most incredible iron-man streak (297 consecutive games started).
Favre made 275 starts with the Packers. They were consecutive, and as a result, he was the only quarterback that Green Bay had to use from 1993 to 2007.
Of course, Favre was a prolific quarterback as well. He averaged 3,895 passing yards and 28 passing touchdowns per season during that span and led Green Bay to a 152-88 record. He also earned a Super Bowl ring, three All-Pro nods, three MVP trophies and was later enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Favre’s consistency was the launching point of the Packers’ streak, but his successor did a lot to make it continue.
- Years with Packers: 2005 to present
- Total starts (including playoffs): 218
Rodgers was Favre’s backup for the first three years of his career. He was a first-round pick out of Cal in 2005 but for a while, it didn’t seem like he’d ever get off the bench.
Eventually, Favre retired and when he tried to come back, the Packers traded him to the Jets. That opened the door for Rodgers to start. Since then, he has been the long-time franchise quarterback for Green Bay.
Rodgers has been the Packers’ starter every year since 2008. He isn’t the same type of iron man as Favre was, but Rodgers has played in all 16 games nine times. He sat out one game in a year twice while he has missed seven-plus games three times. Rodgers has missed less than a game-and-a-half per season.
During his career with the Packers, Rodgers has posted a 133-64-1 record in 198 starts. He has averaged 4,267 yards, 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions per 16 games played and has been one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks. Like Favre, he earned one Super Bowl ring and has been a three-time All-Pro and three-time MVP.
Rodgers’ consistent play has allowed the Packers to only trust backups in the rare instance during which Rodgers is hurt. That has been a bit more frequent than Favre, but it hasn’t mattered, as the Packers have had some decent backups.
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- Years with Packers: 2015 to 2017
- Total starts (including playoffs): 9
Hundley was handed the reigns in 2017 when Rodgers missed a career-high nine games as a result of a collarbone injury. Hundley, a third-year rookie, started all nine games that Rodgers missed because of the injury.
The Packers struggled under Hundley. He posted a 3-6 record, completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,832 yards and threw for nine TDs compared to 12 interceptions. He also ran for 270 yards and two TDs.
Hundley had been a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but the Packers moved on from him after the season. The fact that he has the third-most starts by a Packers QB since 1992 is impressive considering he started in just one of his three years with the team.
- Years with Packers: 2008 to 2011; 2013 to 2014
- Total starts (including playoffs): 6
Matt Flynn served as Rodgers’ top backup during his first four years as a starter. Flynn had a couple of good outings as he started one game in 2010 and one in 2011. In 2011, he drew notoriety after 70 percent of his passes for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a start against the Lions. He became a free agent and left the Packers after that.
The Seahawks signed Flynn but he lost the starting job to Russell Wilson. From there, Flynn bounced around the league and returned to the Packers in 2013 to make four starts during the first year that Rodgers missed extended action (seven games). Flynn posted a 3-3 record as a starter and was a solid backup for the team.
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- Years with the Packers: 1992
- Total starts (including playoffs): 3
Majkowski was actually with the Packers for the first six years of his career and made 49 starts. However, we’re only looking at quarterback play since 1992, and that was his final season in Green Bay as a starter.
Majkowski started the first three games of the season for the Packers before Favre took over for him. He posted a 1-2 record and threw for 271 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Though Majkowski didn’t stick around after the 1992 season, he had some good years in Green Bay. That included a Pro Bowl campaign in 1989 during which he led the Packers to a 10-6 record and led the league in pass attempts (599), completions (353) and passing yards (4,318).
- Years with Packers: 2013 to 2015
- Total starts (including playoffs): 2
Tolzien was the third quarterback to start a game for the Packers in 2013. He started twice after going undrafted out of Wisconsin. He posted a 0-1-1 record in his two starts and completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 717 yards and one touchdown. However, he threw five interceptions in those two games and was quickly replaced by Flynn as the starter. He remained with the Packers as a backup through 2015.
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- Years with the Packers: 2013
- Total starts (including playoffs): 1
Wallace got the first shot to replace Rodgers after he went down with a broken collarbone in 2013. The veteran started one game for the Packers and threw for 139 yards and an interception in a loss. He was promptly replaced by Tolzien in the next game.
- Years with the Packers: 2020 to present
- Total starts (including playoffs): 1
Love will become the eighth different starter for the Packers and will hope that he can show enough to become the successor to Rodgers. If he can, the Packers continue their stretch of finding the right succession plan at the quarterback position.