It’s always fun to debate the best players in franchise history. Today we will rank the Top 10 Dolphins quarterbacks of all time.
When I was deciding how to rank the quarterbacks from 10-to-1, the criteria I chose was based on stats, length of time with the team and impact on the team during their Dolphins career. The player’s career before/after his tenure with the Dolphins did not factor in this ranking.
10. Scott Mitchell
Statistically, Chad Henne (5th on Dolphins career passing list) deserves this spot in the rankings, however, two factors swung in the favor of Mitchell. First, nobody, myself included, wants to think that Henne is one of the ten best quarterbacks in team history. Secondly, and more objectively, Mitchell was the winning QB in week 11 for Don Shula’s 325 win; became the winningest coach in NFL history.
9. Matt Moore
Believe it or not, Moore ranks 9th in passing yards despite only
starting 15 games in his six-year Dolphins career. While many fans ‘romanticize’ how great Matt Moore is as a starter, his career win/loss record with the Dolphins is in fact only 8-7. That said, Moore has a 25-to-14 TD/INT ratio and the second highest QBR 88.8 in franchise history among starters (behind only Pennington at 94.5).
8. Chad Pennington
Chad’s #8 ranking is based solely off his success in the 2008 season; when he threw 3653 yards, 19 TDs and only 7 INTs en route to an 11-5 record and the only AFC East division title won by Miami this century.
7. Don Strock
While most people only relate Strock to the early 1980’s as part of the “WoodStrock” era. In actuality, he was a member of the Dolphins for 14 seasons from 1974 to 1987; backing up and/or competing with the top three quarterbacks on this list. He made 20 starts and compiled a 14-6 record over that span.
6. David Woodley
The other member of “WoodStrock” played for the Dolphins 10 fewer seasons than Strock but started twice as many games and was instrumental in leading the Dolphins to the Super Bowl during the 1982 season. Woodley finished his Dolphins career second in winning percentage (67.5) in franchise history.