When the Bears’ quarterback carousel underwent renovations with the arrival of head coach Dick Jauron in 1999, things took off.
The franchise that has been seeking to find a franchise quarterback since Sid Luckman hung up his leather helmet in 1950 (well, he at least began playing with a leather one in 1939) started going through candidates faster than you could change the pages of a calendar. It was more like a pitching rotation and that kind of activity helped them become the team with the most starting quarterbacks during the ironman streak of Brett Favre.
Favre’s run, which began Sept. 27, 1992 against Cincinnati, came to an end Tuesday when news of his retirement exploded.
The Bears finished with 21 different starters during Favre’s streak of 253 consecutive starts. Next? Washington with 18.
Twenty-one is a big number. Most teams were in the low teens. But we worked to take it a step further. How many times did the Bears change starters during Favre’s 253 starts?
In order beginning with the Bears game vs. Atlanta on Sept. 27, 1992: Jim Harbaugh, Peter Tom Willis, Harbaugh, Will Furrer, Harbaugh, Willis, Harbaugh, Erik Kramer, Steve Walsh, Kramer, Walsh, Kramer, Dave Krieg, Kramer, Rick Mirer, Kramer, Steve Stenstrom, Moses Moreno, Stenstrom, Shane Matthews, Cade McNown, Matthews, McNown, Jim Miller, Matthews, McNown, Miller, Matthews, McNown, Matthews, Miller, Matthews, Miller, Chris Chandler, Miller, Chandler, Miller , Chandler, Henry Burris, Kordell Stewart, Chandler, Stewart, Rex Grossman, Jonathan Quinn, Craig Krenzel, Chad Hutchinson, Kyle Orton, Grossman, Orton, Grossman, Brian Griese, Grossman, Orton.
Fifty-three starting quarterback changes during Favre’s tenure.
Grossman and Orton will wage a battle for the starting job this spring and summer. The club can find someone who is a longterm solution or we can start charting the number of starters during the tenure of Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning.