Oakland Raiders: 10 Best Quarterbacks In Franchise History

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November 20, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fans celebrate during the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

10. Jeff Goerge

We realize that on its’ face, it seems ridiculous to include somebody who played with the Raiders for just two seasons and made just 23 starts. Given the lack of all time greats and the surplus of Billie Joe Hobert’s and Rick Mirer‘s that suited up for the Raiders, George’s inclusion makes sense.

George was the type of quarterback that Al Davis loved. He had a swagger and an attitude. And he had a cannon for an arm. So in 1997, Davis signed him to a five-year, $27 million dollar free agent deal. As it turned out, though, it was a deal with the devil.

While things were good, though, George was doing what Davis loved the most – slinging the ball down the field. In 23 starts for the Raiders, George threw for more than 5,000 yards on a 56 percent completion rate. He also threw 33 touchdowns in his 23 starts.

But in 1998, Jon Gruden made his debut on the Oakland sidelines and installed a West Coast offense, which did not play to George’s strengths. And when he struggled and things were bad, he became the belligerent, self-centered, arrogant, and obnoxious fool we all knew him to be. It was only a matter of time before that guy showed up.

1998 turned out to be his last year in Oakland as the Raiders acquired journeyman quarterback Rich Gannon that offseason to run the defense and be less of a tool.

Even still, though, George put up some pretty good numbers in a limited time, which earns him number ten on this list.

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