Arizona Cardinals to start fourth QB this season on Sunday

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Brian Hoyer behind center

College QB Brian Hoyer behind center (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Arizona Cardinals announced yesterday that they will start Brian Hoyer in their season finale against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Hoyer will be the fourth Cardinals quarterback to start a game for the team this season; John Skelton started six games, Kevin Kolb started five, and Ryan Lindley started four contests. Hoyer will be making his first NFL start.

This is also the 28th different QB the Cardinals franchise has now started in the last 25 seasons (since 1988). That will tie them with the Chicago Bears, who have started 28 different QBs since 1988.

While the Cards and Bears will have started 28 different signal-callers since 1988, the Green Bay Packers in that same timeframe has started only eight different QBs. (If you are a Packers fan, can you name those eight quarterbacks who have started a game for the Pack since 1988? Answer at the end of the column.)

Following are the number of starting quarterbacks used by each of the NFL teams since 1988.

Number of starting QBs since 1988, Team

28: Chicago
27: Arizona (will have 28 with Hoyer starting on Sunday)
26: Cleveland (no team from 1996-98), Washington
24: Detroit
23: New York Jets, Oakland
22: Dallas, Miami
21: St. Louis
20: Atlanta, Minnesota, Tampa Bay
19: Kansas City, Philadelphia, San Diego
18: Denver, New Orleans, Seattle
17: Cincinnati, Indianapolis, San Francisco
16: Baltimore (Ravens franchise started in 1996)
15: Jacksonville (Jaguars franchise started in 1995), Tennessee
14: Carolina (Panthers franchise started in 1995), New England
13: Buffalo
12: Pittsburgh
9: New York Giants
8: Green Bay
7: Houston (franchise started in 2002)

Die-hard Packers fans will remember that the eight quarterbacks who have started games for the team since 1988 are (alphabetically): Anthony Dilweg, Brett Favre, Matt Flynn, Blair Kiel, Don Majkowski, Aaron Rodgers, Mike Tomczak and Randy Wright.

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