Who are the top NFC East quarterbacks of all-time? The NFC East came into existence with the AFL-NFL merger and contains some of the oldest and most famous franchises in the league. To honor the 50th season for the division, I am going to identify the top signal callers to play in the division.
These rankings only consider quarterbacks during times they played in the NFC East (1970 to present). It does include players from the former St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals who also played in the division. Because it only includes the NFC East period, though, it excludes some Hall of Fame quarterbacks like Sonny Jurgensen and the Giants’ version of Fran Tarkenton, and all quarterbacks who preceded them.
To help compile the list, I looked at both rushing and passing stats, league-adjusted for era, and ranked the top 150 regular seasons and top 50 postseasons by NFC quarterbacks. So the list includes both regular season performance and postseason fame and accomplishment.
15. Nick Foles, Eagles
Nick Foles? Well, consider that the NFC East has had three different quarterbacks win a Super Bowl title (for three different franchises) who did not become starters until late in the season. Compared to Doug Williams and Jeff Hostetler, though, Foles also has played more games in the NFC East (14 career regular season starts for Williams, 25 for Hostetler), has better league-adjusted stats, and had a better season (2013, with a 27 TD to 2 INT year) than either of them had outside of the Super Bowl runs.
If you can divorce Foles from his career outside Philadelphia, he makes this list on his excellent season in 2013, two times coming off the bench to appear in the playoffs, and postseason accomplishments. Carson Wentz or Dak Prescott would likely occupy this spot in the near future but for now, it’s Foles.
Key Stats: 32 GS (21-11), 7.5 YPA, led league in YPA in 2013, 4-2 record in playoffs with Eagles