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Ranking Every Starting Quarterback In Carolina Panthers History

We here at TheSportster recently ranked every starting quarterback in Jacksonville Jaguars history. It only makes sense to evaluate a team linked to Jacksonville through the NFL’s expansion process. The Carolina Panthers joined the Jaguars in 1995 as the league’s first expansion teams since 1976. Both teams struggled during their inaugural campaign, but the Jaguars and Panthers had unprecedented success for second-year expansion teams the following season. Carolina went 12-4 and lost in the NFC Championship while Jacksonville squeaked into the playoffs at 9-7. They also fell in the Conference Championship.

While Jacksonville entered an era of success behind their Pro Bowl quarterback, Mark Brunell, Carolina experienced a prolonged dip in performance. The team did not experience a winning season between 1997 and 2002. 2016 marks the franchise’s 22nd year of existence. Fans have seen six winning seasons, seven playoff trips, and two Super Bowl defeats. If you’ve forgotten how Carolina could possibly have more playoff seasons than winning ones, it’s because the team captured an NFC South Title in 2014 with a preposterous 7-8-1 record.

Although it hasn’t always been pretty, and the Panthers currently appear to be nursing a doozy of a Super Bowl hangover, they have found a few needles in the quarterback haystack. The list below is a collection of Pro Bowlers, journeymen, busts and no-names. Read on and feel free to comment with your thoughts.

15 Randy Fasani (2002)

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14 Matt Lytle (2001)

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13 Brian St. Pierre (2010)

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12 Jimmy Clausen (2010)

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11 Chris Weinke (2001-2002, 2006)

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10 David Carr (2007)

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9 Frank Reich (1995)

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8 Rodney Peete (2002-2003)

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7 Derek Anderson (2014, 2016)

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6 Vinny Testaverde (2007)

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5 Matt Moore (2007, 2009-2010)

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4 Kerry Collins (1995-1998)

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3 Steve Beuerlein (1996-2000)

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2 Jake Delhomme (2003-2009)

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1 Cam Newton (2011-Present)

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This isn’t up for debate. Cam Newton now holds the record for most passing touchdowns (125) and passing yards (19,771) in team history. During the first week of the 2016 season, Newton also set the record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback and most games with both a passing and rushing touchdown. The dual threat quarterback, as evidenced from both of those NFL records, is the most dangerous mobile signal caller in history. He holds these significant marks at age 27. For reference, Jake Delhomme wasn’t even on the Panthers at that age. Newton still has a decade to put his statistics out of reach for years to come. Newton dealt with questions about his character and maturity when he first entered the league, but he has largely overcome the doubters. For the first time in team history, the Panthers have not just made consecutive postseason runs – they have reached the playoffs three straight years. Cam Newton is the best quarterback in team history and he has cemented Carolina as a championship threat every year.

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