9. Jay Schroeder, 1988-1992
W-L Record: 33-26
Playoff W-L: 1-1
Passing Stats: 10,276 yards, 50.1% completion rate, 66 TD, 62 INT
After starting his career in Washington – and going to the Pro Bowl in his second year – Schroeder was demoted in favor of Doug Williams heading into his fourth season and demanded a trade. He would be traded to the Los Angeles Raiders, where he would spend the next five years of his career. His first two years in LA were tough, as he and Steve Buerlein split time as the starting quarterback on two very mediocre Raider teams in a period marked by the mid-season firing of Mike Shanahan and hiring of Art Shell as head coach. Schroeder started 17 games in this period.
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In 1990, he became Art Shell’s starting quarterback, and proceeded to lead the team to a 12-4 record. He completed 54.5% of his passes (at the time his career best) for 2,849 yards and 19 TD’s to only nine interceptions. He led the Raiders to a playoff win over Cincinnati (the game where Bo Jackson got injured) but then threw five interceptions the following week in a 51-3 blowout loss to Buffalo in the AFC Championship. Still, he was the most successful Raider quarterback since Jim Plunkett had led the team to a Super Bowl victory in 1983.
But it wasn’t enough for Al Davis, who famously drafted Todd Marinovich in 1991. Schroeder started 15 games in 1991, throwing 15 TD’s to 16 picks and leading the team to a 9-6 record as the starter. Marinovich took over for the final regular season game – a loss – but stayed on as starter in the Raiders sole playoff game that postseason. Schroeder would start the first two games of the 1992, but injury forced him behind Marinovich, and he sat behind the young passer until the tenth game of the year. Schroeder would go 4-5 as a starter that season, throwing 11 TDs and 11 INT’s on the year. He was waived before the following season.