The quarterback is one of the most important positions in American football. The quarterback also known as the “signal caller” is a vital offensive position in the team lineup. The quarterbacks are part of the offensive lineup of the team and they take up the position directly behind offensive line. For any team or franchise to be successful it is important to have good and efficient quarterbacks that will lead the offensive line successfully. The Cincinnati Bengals is one of the most popular franchises in American football and they have a history of some of the finest quarterbacks on their roster for a period of time.
Documenting the best Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks
In every decade the Cincinnati Bengals have had notable quarterbacks that have made an impact with the exhibition of their skills. Let us have a look at some of the most remarkable quarterbacks in the history of Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals had to endure one of the toughest phases in their during the 90s decade and their struggles can be documented as one of the worst faced by anyone in professional sports history. However even then they had some in the form of Jeff Blake to look forward and his contributions to the team. The record for the Cincinnati Bengals under Jeff Blake was 32-45 which, while not impressive, is a lot better 7-23 record they had without Blake. Jeff Blake had a stunning season in 1995 where he boasted an impressive 3822 passing yards, a 57.5% completion rate, 28/17 TD/INT ratio, 238.9 yards every game and the 82.1 QBR. The next season for Jeff Blake, which was 1996, was almost as good as the 1995 one in all the categories. However the subsequent issues with consistency caused a derailment in his career. Jeff was particularly renowned for throwing some of the most prettiest and outrageous deep balls in history of NFL. The long time and ardent Cincinnati Bengals fans will even recall Shake ‘N Blake song which was inspired by the exciting and impressive season for Jeff Blake in 1995.
Whether you are an admirer or a cynic you can’t deny the fact that Carson was a huge talent and played a stellar role in altering the fortunes of the franchise from the awful period that it endured between 1992 to 2002. The Cincinnati Bengals franchise picked Carson Palmer as the 1st overall pick in draft after the worst 2-14th season in the year 2002. This led to the first franchise winning record, a playoff berth for the 1st time in 15 years, a division title victory after 15 years as Carson Palmer played his first full 16 game season in 2005. After leaving the franchise of Cincinnati Bengals, Carson Palmer has been a more consistent performer and contributor to other teams however he still provided the Bengals franchise with some stellar years in which he provided a total of 22,000 yards of passing, touchdowns that totaled 154 and two seasons of pro bowl. A lot of the people thus rightfully do recognize Carson Palmer as one of the most talented and gifted players to come through the Cincinnati Bengals franchise. However one of the reasons why Palmer never truly recognized his true potential at the Cincinnati Bengals franchise was because of the poor attitude, ethics and leadership and that ultimately resulted in him leaving the franchise on a sour note with the fans as well as the staff. Injuries also played a part in hampering the overall impact that Palmer could potentially have on the franchise.
There is potential for an argument that Ken Anderson is right at the top when it comes to quarterbacks that played for the Cincinnati Bengals. The statistics and his numbers with Cincinnati Bengals are impressive and a proof that Anderson was one of the best quarterbacks to ever play for the franchise. Just have a look at these numbers passing yards totaling 32,838, TD/INT ratio of 197/94 and the career QBR of 81.9 which means that Ken Anderson should rightly end up in hall of fame some day. Ken Anderson is also only one of the two quarterback players to ever win a playoff in the history of the franchise. The 1981 season saw Anderson winning offensive player of the year, most valuable player of the year and comeback player of the year awards.
When it comes to clutch players and winning in the key moments no player in the history of Cincinnati Bengals was better than Boomer Esiason. He is the only quarterback in Cincinnati Bengals history that managed to win playoff game in the two different seasons. Some of the honors that Boomer won includes super bowl appearance and the most valuable player in 1988. Boomer was known as the undisputed and unarguably the master of play action pass.