By retiring, Eli Manning avoided Vinny Testaverde’s career loss record

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When Eli Manning announced his retirement, he avoided breaking a record that he probably would have broken with another season as a starter: The record for the most losses by a starting quarterback in NFL history.

That record currently belongs to Vinny Testaverde, who lost 123 games as a starter during his long NFL career. Manning is in second place in NFL history, with 117 career losses. If Manning hadn’t been benched for Daniel Jones last season, or if he had stayed in the league and become another team’s starter this season, he likely would have surpassed Testaverde’s total.

The active player who has the best chance of breaking Testaverde’s record is Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who currently sits as 111 career losses. Brees would probably have to start two more seasons, but if he were to do that and the Saints were to go, say, 10-6 and 9-7, that would move Brees ahead of Testaverde and into first place on the all-time list.

A few years down the road, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has an excellent chance of breaking the career losses record. Stafford has lost 79 career starts and is only 32 years old. If Stafford played six more years and lost an average of eight games a year, he’d pass Testaverde when he’s 37 years old.

The career losses record isn’t one that any quarterback would want to set, but is also not a black mark on a quarterback’s career. A terrible quarterback is benched, cut and out of the league long before he can lose 100 starts. You have to be a pretty good quarterback to stick around long enough to lose that many games.

22 responses to “By retiring, Eli Manning avoided Vinny Testaverde’s career loss record

  1. Eli had 2 careers

    2004-2011 — 2 Superbowl Wins, many big playoff wins…Top third QB
    2012-2019 — 48W-67L(40%)..0 Playoff wins…..Bottom Third QB

  2. I’m surprised NE fans aren’t in here trumpeting the GOAT Brady, as they never turn down a chance to puff out their chests.

  3. grant35 says:
    March 28, 2020 at 8:54 am
    I’m surprised NE fans aren’t in here trumpeting the GOAT Brady, as they never turn down a chance to puff out their chests.
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    You think NE fans are going to be in here hyping the Buccaneers QB?

    NE fans live in the present, unlike fans of the Giants who are stuck in the past.

  4. I’m surprised NE fans aren’t in here trumpeting the GOAT Brady, as they never turn down a chance to puff out their chests.
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    I’m surprised he was never punishment for selling fake game worn jerseys.

  5. grant35 says:
    March 28, 2020 at 8:54 am

    “I’m surprised NE fans aren’t in here trumpeting the GOAT Brady, as they never turn down a chance to puff out their chests”

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    Brady has nothing to do with this article as this article pertains to “losses”.

    Oh, and Brady is no longer ours. Consider allowing Tampa Bay fans to now live rent free in your head going forward.

  6. NE fans live in the present, unlike fans of the Giants who are stuck in the past.

    We’ll see. Keep say sing that after a few 8-8 and 6-10 seasons

  7. March 28, 2020 at 9:20 am
    You can’t spell mediocre without Eli…

    Actually you can. There’s no L in mediocre

  8. The GOAT doesn’t need his record trumpeted here. Unless you lived on Venus for the last 20 years and just returned, people are pretty well versed on it.

    In order to threaten for the most losses ever, you must have been allowed to start a lot of games, so you must have been decent or good for most of it. Eli was that, with those 2 playoff runs covered in gold dust that gets him in the discussion for the Hall.

  9. onebuffalove716 says:
    March 28, 2020 at 9:59 am
    NE fans live in the present, unlike fans of the Giants who are stuck in the past.

    We’ll see. Keep say sing that after a few 8-8 and 6-10 seasons. As a Bill’s fan I sure you know that better then anyone!

  10. Cy Young has the most losses in MLB history, and Nolan Ryan is 3rd. The top 20 are mostly HOFers. Drew Brees will probably retire with the most NFL losses. OMG what a bum.

  11. We’ll see. Keep say sing that after a few 8-8 and 6-10 seasons. As a Bill’s fan I sure you know that better then anyone!

    You can’t actually think you will win Super Bowls without Brady? Stop acting like you’re the best team in the league anymore

  12. onebuffalove716 says:
    March 28, 2020 at 11:39 am
    We’ll see. Keep say sing that after a few 8-8 and 6-10 seasons. As a Bill’s fan I sure you know that better then anyone!

    You can’t actually think you will win Super Bowls without Brady? Stop acting like you’re the best team in the league anymore

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    You are delusional to think this is not a team sport. NEs D got them to SB42 and SB46 to help them even get there in the first place where he and the offenses proceeded to choke the games away just like we saw him ruin the offense this past year with his antics.

    If BB had not drafted JimmyG and essentially threatened him with his job as Pats QB, no way Brady snaps out of that longstanding postseason funk he had going from 2007-2012.

    NE will never be .500 as long as BB is there. You just don’t get it.

    BB made Brady. He’ll make the next guy who absorbs his brilliant coaching as well.

    Enjoy!

  13. So basically he’s the Jeff Fisher of QBs? Went out right before getting the L record all to themselves, that’s how good they are at losing Lol.

  14. Did you feel a need to denigrate Eli Manning? The title of the story alone does that. Please go back and watch his two Super Bowl victories – you’ll see an epic all-time great play from Manning in each.

  15. It is the fault of Jerry Reese as well as Marc Ross that Eli Manning has so many losses on his resume. They should be ashamed!

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