Philadelphia Eagles: 15 greatest quarterbacks in franchise history

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Ty Detmer, Philadelphia Eagles

Ty Detmer, Philadelphia Eagles. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart/Allsport


Ty Detmer

QB, (1996-97)

As expected, we’re off to a rough start here. The Eagles have been around for all the Super Bowl era, but they weren’t the most winning franchise at times, and often struggled to put together watchable seasons.

When it comes to the franchise quarterback, Philadelphia has struggled to find their guy more often that not. 1992 ninth-round draft pick Ty Detmer started his career with Green Bay Packers, but he surely didn’t finish there.

After failing to win a starting job in Green Bay, Detmer served as Brett Favre’s backup. Once his contract was up though, he found himself a new opportunity to play with the Eagles. Detmer didn’t arrive in Philly expecting a starting position, but he quickly earned himself some significant snaps after their starting quarterback Rodney Peete went down with a knee injury.

During that 1996 NFL season, Detmer served the Eagles surprisingly well, leading them to a playoff berth. Their final record ended up being 7-4, which wasn’t bad considering that he was initially viewed as a backup for the team. Although Detmer did a stellar job during his first season with the Eagles, year two wasn’t nearly as successful.

After achieving a 2-5 record, and throwing only seven touchdowns along with six interceptions, the Eagles couldn’t bear to witness Detmer all season long. Therefore, they rotated both Peete and Bobby Hoying in and out. Detmer gave the Eagles a memorable season in 1996, which was significant enough to make this list.

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