Winless Super Bowl Veteran Quarterbacks On The Hot Seat

Winless Super Bowl Veteran Quarterbacks On The Hot Seat

Written by on April 23, 2020

If you don’t know anything about being a quarterback in the NFL, then you should know that, in the end, all signal-callers are judged on their ability to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory. Whether that’s right or wrong, that’s simply the way it is in today’s what-have-you-done-for-me-lately times. Let’s check them and their corresponding teams Super Bowl Odds.

Winless Super Bowl Veteran Quarterbacks On The Hot Seat

Just think about the names of prolific quarterbacks that have never won it all. There’s Dan Marino and Jim Kelly, two Hall of Famers from the same 1983 draft. Then, there’s two of my favorite quarterbacks ever in Fran Tarkenton and Dan Fouts, not to mention another all-time great in Warren Moon.

While each of the aforementioned quarterbacks are remembered fondly for their productive careers, each is also known for never winning a Super Bowl championship in their respective careers.

Now, when it comes to current veteran quarterbacks that have never won it all, some are on the hot seat heading into 2020 while others remain the face of their mostly downtrodden franchises. With that thought in mind, let’s take a fun-filled look at the handful of veterans that have never won a Super Bowl and whose times could be nearing an end with their respective teams.

Philip Rivers – Indianapolis Colts

The 38-year-old Rivers has been very good in his career, if not great when it mattered most. In 16 seasons leading the Chargers, Rivers, the fourth overall pick in the 2004 draft, has compiled a 123-101 record while completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 59, 271 yards with 397 touchdowns and 198 interceptions. The closest Rivers has come to making it to a Super Bowl was in 2007 when the Chargers reached the AFC title tilt before falling to Tom Brady and the Patriots. While he’s not necessarily on the proverbial ‘hot seat’ as he enters his first season with the Indianapolis Colts, there’s also a reason he was signed to just a one-year deal.

Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons

While I’ve always been fond of my fellow Philly native Matt Ryan, the 2016 league MVP is really nearing the time when the Atlanta Falcons need to start thinking about life beyond their current franchise signal-caller. The 34-year-old signal-caller and fourth overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft has gone 109-80 in 12 seasons leading the Falcons while passing for an impressive 51,186 yards with 321 TD passes and 147 interceptions. Ryan came agonizingly close to winning a Super Bowl title in 2016, but his Falcons collapsed against New England after going into the half up 28-3.

Ryan has thrown for over 4,000 yards in each of the last nine seasons, but I’m not sure if the falcons will ever get back to being a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions

32-year-old Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has gone 69-79-1 in 11 seasons with the NFC North franchise. The strong-armed signal-caller has passed for over 4,00 yards seven times in his career while topping the 5,000-yard mark in 2011. Stafford has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 41,205 yards with 256 touchdowns and 134 interceptions.  Still, it’s kind of hard envisioning the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft ever winning a Super Bowl in perennially-pitiful Detroit.

Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings

The 31-year-old Cousins has gone an uninspiring 44-42-2 in six seasons with Washington and two in Minnesota. Cousins topped the 4,000-yard passing mark in four consecutive seasons prior to last year while passing for 24,107 yards in his career with 155 TD tosses and 71 interceptions. Unfortunately when it matters most, Cousins is known for disappearing and that’s ‘no bueno’ for a Vikings team with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations.

Derek Carr – Las Vegas Raiders

While the 29-year-old Carr had an MVP-caliber campaign in 2016 by throwing for 3,937 yards with 28 TD tosses and just six picks, the 36th overall pick in the 2014 draft hasn’t been quite the same player ever since. Now, heading into his seventh season with the Raiders, Carr has gone an awful 39-55 while completing 64.0 percent of his passes for 22,793 yards with 143 touchdown passes and 62 interceptions. Now, heading into 202, Carr is on the hot seat with the Raiders signing veteran free agent Marcus Mariota in free agency. While it’s possible Carr could turn things around in Las Vegas, I’m not banking on it!

Honorable Mention

  • Jared Goff
  • Mitch Trubisky
  • Jimmy Garoppolo