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.