Quarterback University  

Posted by Walter

My Selection: University of Washington (Warren Moon, Mark Brunell, Chris Chandler, Damon Huard, Brock Huard, Billy Jo Hobert)
Runner Up: University of Michigan (Tom Brady, Jim Harbaugh, Brian Griese, Elvis Grbac, Todd Collins, Drew Henson)

The Huskies may be a surprising choice (Frazier you know how I love to buck the trends) but they are certainly deserving, winning the number one honors by the slightest of margins over the Wolverines. What is came down to was depth. Both schools have produced one great quarterback, two pro-bowl quarterbacks, and several serviceable quarterbacks. While Brady is the best of the bunch, we shouldn't forget just how great Warren Moon was in his prime. Currently Moon ranks fourth all time in passing yards, fifth in passing TD's, and fourth in completions. Where Washington really takes this comparison, though, is in the second tier of quarterbacks (those previously labeled as pro-bowl caliber). From 1995-2000 Mark Brunell was one of the best quarterbacks in the AFC while being elected to three pro-bowls. Chris Chandler, ever the underrated passer, was also great during that stretch being elected to two pro-bowls and eventually leading the Falcons to a super bowl. On the Wolverine side, Harbaugh, Griese and Grbac were decent starters who had their moments, although they were primarily backups and neither had a 5 year period as strong as either Brunell or Chandler. As for the rest, neither group is incedibly inspiring, although Washington has to get the nod based on the presence of solid career backups Damon Huard (who Dolphins fans, as you will remember, almost ran Dan Marino out of town in favor of) and Bill Jo Hobert, both of whom were capable of winning games for their teams when the starter went down.


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