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The Arizona Cardinals started Brian Hoyer in their season finale against the San Francisco 49ers on December 30 making Hoyer the fourth Cardinals quarterback to start a game for the team in the 2012 campaign. John Skelton started six games, Kevin Kolb started five, and Ryan Lindley started four contests for the Cards prior to Hoyer’s start. Hoyer was also making his first start in the NFL.
The Cardinals were the only NFL team to start four different quarterbacks this past season; the Jets and Steelers each started three different QBs in 2012.
Hoyer was also the 27th different QB the Cardinals franchise has started in the last 25 seasons (since 1988). That tied them with the Cleveland Browns for the second most since 1988. The Chicago Bears have started the most different QBs since 1988… 28!
While the Bears 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 this item.)
Following are the number of starting quarterbacks used by each of the NFL teams since 1988.
Number of starting QBs since 1988, Team
27: Arizona, Cleveland (no team from 1996-98)
24: Detroit, Oakland
23: New York Jets
22: Dallas, Miami
21: St. Louis
20: Atlanta, Minnesota, Tampa Bay
19: Kansas City, Philadelphia, San Diego
18: Denver, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle
17: Cincinnati, Indianapolis
16: Baltimore (Ravens franchise started in 1996)
15: Jacksonville (Jaguars franchise started in 1995), Tennessee
14: Carolina (Panthers franchise started in 1995), New England
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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