Jeff Zito

Ahh football season, aka the best season, is here. Buccaneers fans are in for a rollercoaster this year with our new QB, Baker Mayfield. We started off week 1 with a win, but some say the Bucs will need to perform better if they want that streak to continue. We thought with all the changes to the team and the start of the new season, it’s a great time to deep dive into the rankings of Buccaneers QBs.

So far ahead of week 12, the Bucs are 4-7 with wins over the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens, and New Orleans Saints. They are somehow still in the running for a playoff spot as they face a very desperate Carolina Panthers team. The Panthers only have 1 win so far this season, hopefully, the Bucs can keep them to that on Sunday.

Who made the list?

To make the rankings of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers QBs, we looked at the overall career stats of the players and their stats while they were playing for the Bucs. Obviously, there are some superstars on the list and a couple of duds. Buccaneers QBs include Super Bowl champions Tom Brady and Trent Dilfer, as well as Doug Williams, Brad Johnson, and others. The Buccaneers have had 39 different quarterbacks since their inaugural season in 1976. So there will be some names missing from this list. We didn’t want to include any QB’s that played less than half the season. So yes, we know Josh Johnson, Byron Leftwich, Luke McCown and a few more are missing from this list. We’ll just be focusing on the starters/big names for this post. We got our inspiration from ThePewterPlank.com. Check out their full list of rankings.

Who was your favorite Buccaneers QB? We think with certainty no one will say Jameis Winston. It’s been a pleasure watching him throw interception after interception in the 4th quarter now that he’s NOT playing for the Bucs. Don’t agree with our rankings? Let us know how you would rank Tampa’s QBs on social media.

Ranking Tampa Bay Buccaneers QBs From Best To Worst

  • Tom Brady

    Obviously we have to put the GOAT as our number 1 pick for best QB’s in Tampa. Tom brought home a Super Bowl championship to Tampa and added to his impressive ring collection. He was 5-2 in the playoffs, Super Bowl MVP and Pro Bowler. Kind of a no-brainer.

    Super Bowl LV

    TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Chiefs 31-9. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

  • Brad Johnson

    It only makes sense that our other Super Bowl winning QB gets the #2 spot on the list. Brad was also a 2002 Pro Bowler. During his 4 years in Tampa he had a 26-23 record and had 64 TD.

    LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Brad Johnson #14 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers passes during NFL week one game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on September 12, 2004 in Landover, Maryland. Redskins defeated the Buccaneers 16-10. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

  • Trent Dilfer

    Trent Dilfer was our starting BQ before the Brad Johnson era. He was one of the reasons the Bucs we’re somewhat fun to watch during the 1996-1999 seasons. He played for 6 years in Tampa and had a 38-38 record with 70 TD.

    Trent Dilfer #12, Quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers calls the play on the line of scrimmage during the National Football Conference West Division game against the San Diego Chargers on 17th November 1996 at the Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California, United States. The Buccaneers won the game 25 - 17.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Allsport/Getty Images)

    Trent Dilfer #12, Quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers calls the play on the line of scrimmage during the National Football Conference West Division game against the San Diego Chargers on 17th November 1996 at the Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California, United States. The Buccaneers won the game 25 – 17. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Allsport/Getty Images)

  • Doug Williams

    Doug Williams spend most of his career in Tampa where he played 67 games and 73 TD. Williams took the team to the playoffs three times in five seasons. Although he never won a Super Bowl in Tampa, he did go on to win SB XXII and earned MVP with the Washington Redskins.

    1988: Doug Williams #17 of the Washington Redskins passes during the 1988 NFL season game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Stadium in Chicago, Illinois. The Redskins defeated the Bears 34-14. (Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

     

  • Steve Young

    If we could go back in time, we would’ve liked a couple more seasons with Steve Young. Although his time in Tampa was short and he never got the Bucs to the playoffs, he did go on to win two league MVPs and a Super Bowl ring with the 49ers.

    Steve Young #8, Quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers feeds the ball to Running Back #32 James Wilder during the American Football Conference West game against the Los Angeles Rams on 5 October 1986 at the Anaheim Stadium, Los Angeles, California, United States. The Rams won the game 26 - 20.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Allsport/Getty Images)

    Steve Young #8, Quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers feeds the ball to Running Back #32 James Wilder during the American Football Conference West game against the Los Angeles Rams on 5 October 1986 at the Anaheim Stadium, Los Angeles, California, United States. The Rams won the game 26 – 20. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Allsport/Getty Images)

  • Vinny Testaverde

    Picked first overall in the 1987 NFL Draft, Vinny Testaverde had high expectations in Tampa. Even though he never made it to a Super Bowl with the team, he still holds several franchise records.

    22 Oct 1989:  Quarterback Vinny Testaverde of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks to pass the ball during a game against the Washington Redskins at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  The Redskins won the game, 32-28. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger  /Allsport

    22 Oct 1989: Quarterback Vinny Testaverde of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks to pass the ball during a game against the Washington Redskins at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Redskins won the game, 32-28. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport

  • Josh Freeman

    Many Bucs fans may remember the dark ages of the Josh Freeman era. His record was 24-35 with 80 TDs and 66 INT. The whole team was struggling during these years and Freeman wasn’t much help. He was eventually released in the middle of his fifth season.

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers passes over Osi Umenyiora #72 of the New York Giants during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

  • Jameis Winston

    We may get some heat for this one. But we think Jameis Winston is one of the worst QBs in Bucs’ history. Even though he had a very successful college career at FSU, in his 5 years with the team he had a 28-42 record with 88 INT. Often blowing the lead in the 4th quarter. Both his first and last throws with the team were pick six’s. All definitely not worth a number 1 round draft pick. And let us not forget about the crab legs incident.

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Quarterback Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drops back to pass the ball during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

  • Steve Spurrier

    The first round draft pick from UF, Steve Spurrier became the first starting quarterback in Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ history. Although his professional career did not live up to the hype, he still became a very successful coach.

    2 Dec 2000: Head coach Steve Spurrier of the Florida Gators is carried off the field by players following the Gators'' 28-6 victory over Auburn to win the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire/ALLSPORT

    2 Dec 2000: Head coach Steve Spurrier of the Florida Gators is carried off the field by players following the Gators” 28-6 victory over Auburn to win the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire/ALLSPORT

  • Honorary Mention: Baker Mayfield

    The jury is still out for our new QB Baker Mayfield. Mayfield fell out of favor in both Cleveland and Carolina in recent years, but reignited his career a little bit in subbing for Matthew Stafford in Los Angeles late last season. Let’s wait and let him Bake…

    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 01: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempts a pass during the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome on October 01, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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