The NFC East is unlike any other division in the National Football League. It is by far the most successful division of all time with 12 Super Bowl victories and multiple Pro Football Hall of Famers. The NFC East division consists of the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, and the Philadelphia Eagles. Some of the best quarterbacks have played in this division.
The best quarterbacks to play in the NFC East are:
10. Tony Romo
An undrafted player out of Eastern Illinois, Romo has proved many wrong. As a Cowboy, Romo has amassed 208 passing touchdowns to just 101 interceptions and a 95.8 passer rating. His one playoff win and 1-6 record in “do or die” games keeps him at No. 10 on this list, but Romo may retire as the best passer in NFC East history once he retires. Romo already holds nearly every Cowboys franchise passing record.
9. Danny White
A really underrated quarterback that was 62-30 as a starter. White would spend his entire 13 year career with the Cowboys winning 5 playoff games as the teams starter. Unfortunately, he was 0-3 in three NFC Conference Championship games with two losses coming to division rivals. White was also a great special team player as he would kick 610 punts in his career.
8. Joe Theismann
Theismann was a really good quarterback that played for the Redskins his entire 12 year career. Unfortunately, Theismann’s career ended when Lawrence Taylor sacked him in a Monday Night Football game in 1985. He still has the franchise record for most passing yards, however he ranks third in touchdowns and never was the most accurate. Theismann would win a Super Bowl and six playoff games for the Redskins, however it should be mentioned that Joe Gibbs and the team would win two without him under Mark Rypien and Doug Williams.
7. Phil Simms
Simms and Theismann are pretty much identical. Both played in the same era, both have about the same passer rating and touchdown to interception ratio. Both quarterbacks passed for lower than a career 57 completion percentage and won six playoff games. The Giants would also win a Super Bowl without Simms starting. Simms is going to get the edge because he did lead the 1990 Giants to an 11-3 record before getting hurt and his performance in Super Bowl 21 was nearly perfect.
6. Donovan McNabb
The second overall pick from the 1999 NFL draft played 11 seasons for the Eagles. During his time as starter, McNabb would rewrite the Philadelphia record books. McNabb currently holds franchise records for passing yards, passing touchdowns, and would throw for a respectful 86.5 passer rating. McNabb’s issue was his inconstancy. He was 9-7 as the Eagles starter in the playoffs, but 1-4 in the NFC Championship round, where some of his worst performances came. McNabb was a duel threat quarterback that could beat you though the air and on the ground.
5. Eli Manning
Manning, like McNabb holds nearly every franchise passing record for his team. Manning is most famous for his eight playoff wins and two Super Bowl victories and he isn’t finished yet. Manning is also very good playing outdoors especially in December and January and is an underrated mobile quarterback. Manning is however an “up and down” quarterback. When he’s on his game, he’s elite and when he’s off, it’s interception city. Eli has led the NFL in interceptions three separate seasons. Manning holds clutch NFL records such as most game-winning drives in a single season and most fourth quarter touchdown passes in a season.
4. Troy Aikman
Aikman was as calm and cool under pressure as they come. Aikman currently has the most Super Bowl titles of any NFC East starting quarterback to ever play, with three. He would win Super Bowl Most Valuable Player with four touchdowns and zero interceptions in 1993. Although he only passed for 20 touchdowns one time, he was one of the best play callers and game managers NFL history. Unfortunately injuries (mostly concussions) kept him from having a long career and he retired at the age of 35.
2. Sonny Jurgensen
Jurgensen played 18 seasons in the NFC East, 7 with the Eagles and 11 with the Redskins. He was every bit the passer that Sammy Baugh was, and more. His career numbers consist of 255 touchdowns and 189 interceptions and an 82.6 rating. However, Jurgensen failed to win big games as he would not win a single playoff game and his career win loss record was 69-73-7. He just wasn’t as elusive or as clutch as Baugh. During his playing time he did things had never been done before. He would throw for over 30 TDs twice in the ’60s, which was considered an extremely high amount at the time.
2. Sammy Baugh
One of the best all around players to play football, Baugh comes in at No. 3. He was a player who threw the ball, punted, and even played a little defense in his career. Baugh would win two NFL Championships with the Redskins and was one of the founders of deep ball. He was a little reckless throwing the football at times, as he threw 187 touchdowns and 203 interceptions in his career, but the game was different in the ’30s and ’40s. He still to this day holds the Redskins record for most passing touchdowns and has led the NFL at least once in every major passing category. Baugh would easily retire as one of the most exciting players to ever play the game of football.
1. Roger Staubach
“Roger the Dodger” would win two Super Bowls and appear in four as the Cowboys quarterback. His ability to avoid getting sacked and to extend the play was one of the best ever. He was John Elway before Elway. He saved his best moments for the most important ones, such as the Hail Mary play against the Vikings in the 1975 playoffs. Staubach would throw for more than 20 touchdowns three times in an era where defenses dominated such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, and Miami Dolphins.