The Arizona Cardinals have a history of bad and mediocre quarterbacks. But their entire history is not bad. Nonetheless, in a recent ranking of NFL teams' quarterback history, the Cards only manage to come up 22nd.
When I first saw the rankings and where the Cardinals were ranked, it made sense. In fact, I thought it was generous, considering the guys like Gary Hogeboom, Tom Tupa, John Navarre, Max Hall and Ryan Lindley on the list. However, when I realized the list was compiled only considering the teams' top three signal callers in franchise history, I had to reconsider.
Once again, the Cardinals aren't getting enough respect.
The three QBs used for the Cards is not hard to guess -- Jim Hart, Neil Lomax and Kurt Warner.
Warner might receive a call from the good folks in Canton next February. An integral reason why: His career renaissance in Arizona. Warner was able to lead the Cardinals to a Super Bowl in 2008, a feat neither Hart nor Lomax could pull off. Hart was the team's starter from the late '60s until the early '80s, when Lomax took over. The latter's promising career was struck down by an arthritic hip that forced his retirement at age 30. Lomax threw for 4,614 yards in 1984.
Now, to the point. How is that trio not higher on the list?
I'll concede this -- no there is no championship. That will push them down the list. But these are three pretty good QBs. Hart started forever and went to four straight Pro Bowls in the 70s, when paired up with the great Don Coryell. Lomax went to two Pro Bowls of his own, threw for over 4600 yards in a season and led the league in passing attempts, completions and yards in 1987. Warner had a Pro Bowl of his own and a Super Bowl appearance...and almost...almost a championship.
Just ahead of the Cards are the Jets with Joe Namath, Chad Pennington and Ken O'Brien. How are the Cards not ahead of them?
In fact, the Cardinals should be more towards the middle. It almost feels like the team is being punished for the crap from 1989 and on outside of Warner, Jake Plummer (to a much lesser extent) and perhaps Carson Palmer.
Where do you think the Cardinals should rank?