It’s Las Vegas, Las Vegas, the Raiders have been a franchise rooted in the grit and the toughness.
Al Davis’ “Just Win, Baby” slogan might just as well have been ‘ win at all costs.” Have a look at the Raiders’ franchise, the index will be a pretty consistent theme in the team’s past success is due in part to the excellence of the interview.
By Gene Upshaw and Art Shell, and many others, with the “big boys” often have the tone on the front door. They have also allowed unheralded quarterbacks to thrive in the center of the Defense. Boy, this franchise is loaded with characters.
Las Vegas is preparing for its first season in Sin City. Before that happens, however, let’s look back at the top five quarterbacks in the Modern world.
5. Rich Gannon (1999-2004)
Gannon was mostly a journeyman starter, and when he came to the Raiders in 1999. However, he would soon become a weapon of mass destruction to a young Jon Gruden.
Gruden’s West Coast offense seemed to be to the advantage of the veteran signal-caller. Gannon made the Pro Bowl in his first four seasons with the Raiders. He was named a first-team Pro in the year 2000, after notching four winning drives, and a trio of fourth-quarter comebacks.
Gannon repeated this feat in 2002, when he led the NFL in completions (418) and passing yards (4,689). Gannon won the MVP and led the Raiders to the Super Bowl.
The thing is, the occurrence of Gannon to move to the list of his long list of playoff failures.
Gannon completed 11 of 21 passes for just 80 yards and threw a pair of interceptions in an AFC Championship loss to the Baltimore Ravens during the 2000 season.
We have to give Gannon a pass in front of the “off-Line” game, due to the weather conditions. However, he was at his worst on the biggest stage, just a year later.
Gannon and the Raiders were overwhelmed by their former coach, Gruden and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, with Gannon throwing five interceptions (two of which were returned for touchdowns) in the loss. His career was essentially over.
4. Derek Carr (2014-)
Did you know It is the franchise’s leader in passing yards and completion percentage, among all of the Raiders ‘ quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts?
In fact, It actually has a nice resume as far as the quarterback position goes. He has, on average, close to 24 passing touchdowns in a season, and it also has a very low interception percentage (1.9).
It has done just about everything for the Raiders since they drafted him in the 2014. However, he did not win all the time.
The former Fresno State standout has a disappointing 39-55 record at a time, and It has made the playoffs just once in six seasons.
To be honest with you, It is not always in the right position to succeed. He deserves a lot of credit for, 12-3, in the third year after a 3-13 mark in his rookie campaign.
Plus, It still has plenty of time to move up on the list. The 29-year-old was one of the best individual years of his career in 2019, and the place of career-high marks in completion percentage (70.4), passing yards (4,054), and yards gained per pass attempt (7.9).
Las Vegas is hoping to be more competitive in the AFC West, after the renewal of the defence, by the year 2020. A strong year of It, may result in a playoff berth, especially given the expanded format.
3. Daryle Lamonica (1967-1974)
Lamonica, the numbers who are eligible for a higher spot on the list. He is the definitive face of the AFL, the Raiders.
The former Notre Dame star, had little chance to get his feet wet in Buffalo before he joined the Raiders, making only four starts in the past five years
However, Lamonica would have to make the most of his second chance. He led the Raiders to a 13-1 mark and was named to the first-team-Pro in his first season, in 1967. Lamonica was named All-Pro once again in 1969, after leading the league in passing yards and touchdowns (and interceptions).
The gunslinger is kind of a Brett Favre before Favre was known for its fascinating and unusual style of play. Lamonica was not afraid to include pictures to make it downfield no matter what the cost.
Unfortunately, the Lamonica-only Super Bowl appearance was a loss to Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, and established the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl II.
Still, Lamonica has the second-highest win total in the Modern world, and he had a role to play in the NFL-AFL merger, which changed the league forever.
2. Jim Plunkett (1979-1986)
Plunkett’s run of success with the Raiders was short, but man was it good.
The former No. 1 overall pick, is one of the best redemption stories in the NFL history. Plunkett struggled to live up to the hype during his five seasons with the New England Patriots, and the losses were in San Francisco, california.
But, Plunkett found a home in the “Silver and Black.” He has appeared in only four games in 1979. A year later, Plunkett was 9-2 as a starter after an injury, Dan Pastorini, and the winning of the Comeback Player of the Year Award.
The real icing on the cake was when Plunkett earned Super Bowl MVP honors after throwing for 261 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
A few years later, Plunkett again seized an opportunity to take over the starting role, going 10-3 for the 1983 Raiders, and led the team to a Super Bowl win.
Plunkett was not the most productive passer. Is he finished with more interceptions (81) than touchdowns (80) with an Arrow.
However, Plunkett was a fighter and a winner, and he seemed to have a lot of time going back and forth.
1. Ken Stabler (1970-1979)
His performance on the field, his reputation off of the railing and Ken “The Snake” Stabler is the greatest quarterback in the Modern world.
The Hall of Famer will not be a starter until 1973, when he was 8-2-1, and has made the Pro Bowl. A year later, Stabler was named first-team All-Pro and NFL MVP while leading the league in touchdown passes (26) and touchdown percentage (8.4).
The success did not happen. Stabler never had a losing season as the quarterback of the Defense, finishing with a 69-26-1 record. His 1976 campaign may have been his best effort.
Stabler went 11-1 in 1976, leading the league in completion percentage (66.7), touchdown passes (27) and quarterback rating (103.4). He also led the Raiders to a Super Bowl victory, completing 12-of-19 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings.
If he were to throw, scramble, and even in the drinking, and Stabler seemed to provide endless entertainment for the Raiders and their fans around the world. He was one of the most “clutch” quarterbacks of his era, and has been the best quarterback in the Modern world.