The Best Quarterbacks in New England Patriot History

The Best Quarterbacks in New England Patriot History

When you think of the best football teams in the NFL today, it is hard to leave out the New England Patriots, no matter how you feel about them. Over the years this franchise has become one of the top dynasties in history. What makes up one of the best teams in the NFL? A solid quarterback that first only simply needed to limited turnovers and managing the game; thereafter being counted upon and trusted to make plays and carry the franchise upon his back. Here’s a look at the top quarterbacks in the New England Patriots franchise ranking from best to better.

5. Tony Eason
Without Tony Eason, the groundwork for the upcoming quarterbacks in this dynamic franchise wouldn’t have been laid. During the 1985 season, the Patriots improbably won three straight playoff games on the road and beat Miami for the AFC Championship that year. Unfortunately, he can also be known for the loss at the Super Bowl for a 46-10 loss to the Chicago Bears that years. It was the Patriots first appearance in the Super Bowl and Eason is also known as the first starting quarterback in Super Bowl history to not complete a pass.

4. Drew Bledsoe
During the run under Bledsoe, the Patriots qualified for the playoffs six times and made one Super Bowl appearance, Tom Brady was their starting quarterback. He was a big part of improving the image of the team franchise that had fallen in both game wins and attendance. In 2011, Patriots fans voted Bledsoe into the Patriots Hall of Fame and he ranks fifth all-time in completions, seventh in passing yards and thirteenth in touchdown passes.

3. Vito “Babe” Parilli
Still being referred to as the Boston Patriots, Parilli played for seven years and finished his career with over 25,000 total yards and 200 touchdowns. He records among the top five quarterbacks in 23 categories. It wasn’t until 2007 when Tom Brady broke Parilli’s record of 3,500 passing yards with 31 touchdowns.

2. Steve Grogan
During the second quarter of the Super Bowl game against the Chicago Bears, Grogan replaced Eason. His career was sadly plagued by injuries that he received on the field. He played for the Patriots from 1975 to 1990. Grogan led the Patriots to an 11-3 record as well as the team’s first playoff berth since 1963. In 1995, Grogan was voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

1. Tom Brady
Any fan of the NFL knows his name and isn’t surprised that Tom Brady would be the number one quarterback in the team’s franchise. He started as a mere backup quarterback to Bledsoe but put his time in the franchise and etched himself a place as starting quarterback. Brady has brought the team to six Super Bowls and won four titles and three Super Bowl MVP’s. He was also selected to ten Pro Bowl games and was named the league MVP twice and Offensive Player of the year. He is the holy grail of quarterbacks that can pass the ball for numerous yards but at the same time, he can run the ball for the yards the team needs.

Best Wide Receivers Tom Brady Has Ever Had

Best Wide Receivers Tom Brady Has Ever Had
Mr. Deflate-gate has Five he Goes to for Big Scores 

He is still throwing successful bullets right into the hands of his chosen five best receivers on a winning basis. Although Tom ‘deflat-gate’ Brady is a nearly forty, thirty eight years old, he shows no real signs of running out of arm. Number twelve still thrills his hometown fans and keeps the New England Patriots in the mix for another big dance in February 2017. A very small contingent of football fans believe that as the man was found guilty of manipulating the inflation standard of the footballs during the controversial deflate-gate saga, the punishment was simply benign.

It could be said that, if there was any true justice, the New England Patriots should have been retroactively disqualified from being in the Super Bowl that they won in the last seven seconds of the game by intercepting the pass from Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. And furthermore, the Seattle Seahawks should then have been given the 2014 Super Bowl Title as first runner ups with the disqualification of Tom Brady’s team.

After all, they did cheat to win their position in the Super Bowl by deflating the footballs that season in the games leading up to the Super Bowl. Technically they should not qualify after this cheating episode. However, the slap on the wrist was given and they should eventually experience true karma.

Perhaps choosing these five men regularly each contest has enough winning mo jo to convince legions of football fans to look past the dark moment for Brady and the Patriots. So the stellar glow of Tom Brady, still shines on as he escaped being stripped of a title as punishment as had happened to other ‘great unsportsmanlike’ fallen heroes such as Lance Armstrong.

So the beat goes on, and justice was served two weeks ago when the Seahawks got revenge on the Patriots. Still, the best receivers to make things happen for the Brady lead Patriots, igniting anticipation for the next big chance to win another Super Bowl, involve Julian Edelmen at number five on the list. In his 87 games he caught 21 touchdown passes, 327 receptions, and 3,434 receiving yards, being compact and lethal with his speed and adept catching and snatching skills

The other four are just as spectacular with super bowl assist wins such as Deion Branch, another compact wide receiver with an MVP award, 518 career receptions, and 39 receiving touchdown receptions. Another great is Troy Brown, with 557 receptions, 31 receiving touchdowns in 192 games. He has a great future with the Patriots. The second most valuable receiver on the roster is Wes Walker who has an astonishing 900 receptions, 50 receiving touchdowns in 173 games and 9,905 receiving yards. He was the go to before Edelmen arrived hailing from Texas Tech. At the top of the list is Randy Moss, who has 982 receptions, 156 receiving touchdowns in 218 games and 15,292 receiving yards. He is known as the ‘Freak’ and the greatest of all time receivers, not to mention Brady’s best go to guy.

5 Greatest New England Patriots of All-Time

5 Greatest New England Patriots of All-Time

With eight trips to the Super Bowl and four wins (2001, 2003, 2004, 2014), the New England are tied with both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys for the most appearances at the Super Bowl. Unlike the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys who have been dominant since 1970, the Patriots success is that of recent success. The Patriots have claimed 12 of the last 14 AFC Titles. After Belichick and Brady joined forces, in 2000, “The Patriot Way” emerged. The Patriot Way is; selflessness, crisp execution and innovative play calling. The greatest Patriot players in history are all proof of The patriot Way

1)Troy Brown – With 31 touchdowns and 557 receptions for 6,366 receiving yards, in his 15 years with the New England Patriots, Troy Brown ranks first on our list. Brown has been cornerback, return man, wide receiver and emergency quarterback. Brown was drafted in the 8th round in 1993, out of Marshall as a return specialist. In 2000 he became a fulltime starter, racking up 5 touchdowns, 1199 yards and 101 receptions. Since 2000, he has assisted the Patriots win three Super Bowls.

2)John Hannah – Often compared to the great Anthony Munoz, one of the greatest lineman in history, Hannah was a bit undersized, 265 pounds and 6 foot 2 inches. Hannah made up for his lack in size as a beast on the field, with agility, technique, quickness and an iron will. He was selected to Nine Pro Bowls, all between 1976 and 1985. In 1985 he finally made his trip to the Super Bowl with a devastating loss to the bears, 46-10.

3)Ben Coates – With 50 touchdowns and 490 receptions, good for 5,471 yards, Coates ranks third in our list. Coates ended his career as the fourth most productive tight end in the history of the NFL. In 1993 Ben Coates as the offense focal point for New England. That year he emerged as the ultimate security covering for Drew Bledsoe. Coates was exceptional at working the soft zone, where he could clear out space, and move the chains.

4)Vince Wilfork – Wilfork was drafted with the 21st pick out of the University of Miami, in 2004. Almost immediately Wilfork became the defense anchor. Despite being 6 foot 2 inches and 325 pounds, Wilfork was extremely quick on his feet. Wilfork is an 11 year pro with 5 trips to the Super Bowl and one of the best defensive tackles in his time. Wilfork helped New England win 2 Lombardi Trophies.

5)Tom Brady – A former sixth-round draft pick, Tom Brady, has proven to be the most decorated athlete in football. In 2007, Brady had a phenomenal career year (4,806 yards and 50 touchdowns). Although it did end in a loss the the New York Giants, in Super Bowl XLII. More Recently, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady appeared to embrace The Patriot Way. This latest title run included Brady handing off and tossing passes to Jonas Gray, LeGarrette Blount, and Brandon LaFell. Brady can elevate the play of any teammate he’s given.