Ranking Michigan’s Quarterbacks

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Ranking Michigan’s Quarterbacks

Drew Henson (image via Detroit News)

Sports fans love to debate the greatness of players and rank them in order from most revered to most despised. And while despised probably doesn’t fit any of these players, since they played for the University of Michigan, we all have our favorites. I have endeavored to achieve the un-possible: Rank all of Michigan’s starting quarterbacks.

Okay, that’s too tall of a task for me right now. I’m working up to it. So I’m only going back to 1995, which was the beginning of the Lloyd Carr era. That’s the earliest full coaching tenure where I can count on my recollections of Michigan football. I was a big fan of Bo Schembechler, Gary Moeller, and the Michigan Wolverines before then, but I’ll be damned if I say I was aware¬†enough to understand what was happening on the field.

This ranking only takes into account what the quarterbacks achieved wearing the winged helmet. High school highlight tapes and NFL performance aren’t taken into account. (After all, we can agree that Tom Brady is far and away the best quarterback who ever played the game of football, and that includes Uncle Rico.)

So if you were starting a season with your pick of any Michigan QB since 1995, which one would you take?

On with the show:

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11Sep 2014
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Chad Henne

Chad Henne

Chad Henne started the season opener for the Jaguars over this year’s first round pick, Blake Bortles. Henne went 24/43 for 266 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. The Jags jumped out to a 17-0 lead, but they gave up 34 unanswered points in a 34-17 loss. In that same game, Denard Robinson had 3 carries for 8 yards and 1 catch for 3 yards. On the other sideline, Brandon Graham had 4 tackles and 2 tackles for loss.

Honorable mention: Charles Woodson of the Oakland Raiders had 9 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 pass breakup in a 19-14 loss to the New York Jets. Arizona Cardinal linebacker Larry Foote had 8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 2 pass breakups in an 18-17 win over the San Diego Chargers on Monday night. New York Giants free safety Stevie Brown had 9 tackles in a 35-14 loss to the Detroit Lions. Tom Brady was 29/56 for 249 yards and 1 touchdown in a 33-20 Patriots loss to the Miami Dolphins.

1Jan 2014
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Charles Woodson

In a 34-14 loss to the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raider Charles Woodson had 11 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 1 quarterback hurry.

Honorable mention: The Jacksonville Jaguars’ Chad Henne went 30/51 for 331 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception in a 30-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The Philadelphia Eagles’ Jason Avant caught 3 passes for 45 yards in a 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Kansas City Chief Junior Hemingway had 5 catches for 45 yards in a 27-24 loss to the San Diego Chargers. Tom Brady completed 14/24 passes for 122 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception in a 34-20 Patriots win over the Buffalo Bills.

29Nov 2012
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Chad Henne

Chad Henne led his team to a 24-19 victory over the Tennessee Titans despite being sacked an unbelievable seven times.  The victory is only the second of the season for Jacksonville, and the win marks Henne’s first start of the season after beating out the tenth overall selection of the 2011 NFL Draft, QB Blaine Gabbert.  Henne went 17/26 passing for 261 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the win.  Henne’s play has improved greatly since his days in Miami, and his passer rating on the season is now an even 100.  Mike Martin had one tackle in the game for the Titans.

Honorable Mention:  Mario Manningham, Henne’s former go-to wide receiver, had a 40-yard reception in the first half of his 49ers win over the New Orleans Saints.  He finished the game with five receptions for 69 yards.  He now has 36 receptions for 412 yards on the season.


  • Stevie Brown had three tackles as his Giants beat up on the Packers
  • Brady Threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns; he rushed for another score.  He would be mentioned above, but I’m sick of writing about Tom Brady.
  • David Harris leads the Jets in tackles and had ten in a loss to the Patriots.
22Nov 2012
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Chad Henne

“In command”

Chad Henne is once again a starting quarterback in the NFL following his 354-yard, four touchdown relief performance against the Houston Texans.  Henne gets the starting nod for the Jaguars over Blaine Gabbert, the tenth overall selection in the 2011 Draft.  Gabbert has been unimpressive during his limited time in the league and holds a not-so-good 77.4 passer rating this year.

“[Henne] took command of the offense,” Jacksonville’s head coach Mike Mularkey said.  He’s been a starter in the league.  He’s had some success at that position.” 

But truth be told, Henne hasn’t had much success.  Over the course of his four year career, he has failed to end a season with a passer rating above 80 or finish a year with more touchdowns than interceptions.  Nevertheless, Henne has never lacked for talent — as Michigan fans well know — and is surely aided by his four years of NFL experience.  He’s been performing much better this year with his new team, currently holding a 96.5 passer rating.

Honorable Mention:  David Molk isn’t the best Michigan center in the NFL just yet; that
distinction belongs to Jonathan Goodwin.  He starts for the division
leading 7-2 San Fransisco 49ers, and his team beat up on the 7-3 Chicago Bears
on Monday Night Football last week.  49er teammate Mario Manningham had 2 catches for 45 yards in the game.

  • A bye week is the only force that can prevent Stevie Brown from dominating the world.
  • Brady threw for 331 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions his 59-24 schooling of Andrew Luck and the Colts.
  • Brandon Graham didn’t register any stats as his struggling Eagles team lost to the Redskins.
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