List of Detroit Lions starting quarterbacks

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Matthew Stafford (2009–present)

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Lions.

Regular season[edit]

Shaun Hill (2010)
Jon Kitna (2006–2008)
Bobby Layne (1950–1958)

The number of games they started during the season is listed to the right:

Season(s) Quarterback(s)
1930 Chuck Bennett
1931 Glenn Presnell
1932 Dutch Clark
1933 Glenn Presnell
1934 Dutch Clark
1935 Dutch Clark
1936 Dutch Clark
1937 Dutch Clark
1938 Vern Huffman
1939 Dwight Sloan
1940 Byron "Whizzer" White
1941 Byron "Whizzer" White
1942 Harry Hopp
1943 Frank Sinkwich
1944 Frank Sinkwich
1945 Chuck Fenenbock
1946 Dave Ryan
1947 Clyde LeForce
1948 Fred Enke (10) / Clyde LeForce (2)
1949 Fred Enke (7) / Frank Tripucka (4) / Clyde LeForce (1)
1950 Bobby Layne (12)
1951 Bobby Layne (12)
1952 Bobby Layne (11) / Jim Hardy (1)
1953 Bobby Layne (11) / Tom Dublinski (1)
1954 Bobby Layne (8) / Tom Dublinski (4)
1955 Bobby Layne (10) / Harry Gilmer (2)
1956 Bobby Layne (12)
1957 Bobby Layne (8) / Tobin Rote (4)
1958 Tobin Rote (11) / Bobby Layne (1)
1959 Tobin Rote (7) / Earl Morrall (5)
1960 Jim Ninowski (10) / Earl Morrall (2)
1961 Jim Ninowski (8) / Earl Morrall (6)
1962 Milt Plum (14)
1963 Earl Morrall (11) / Milt Plum (3)
1964 Milt Plum (11) / Earl Morrall (3)
1965 Milt Plum (11) / George Izo (3)
1966 Karl Sweetan (8) / Milt Plum (6)
1967 Karl Sweetan (8) / Milt Plum (6)
1968 Bill Munson (12) / Greg Landry (2)
1969 Bill Munson (7) / Greg Landry (7)
1970 Bill Munson (8) / Greg Landry (6)
1971 Greg Landry (14)
1972 Greg Landry (14)
1973 Greg Landry (7) / Bill Munson (7)
1974 Greg Landry (14)
1975 Joe Reed (8) / Bill Munson (3) / Greg Landry (3)
1976 Greg Landry (12) / Joe Reed (2)
1977 Greg Landry (11) / Gary Danielson (2) / Joe Reed (1)
1978 Gary Danielson (11) / Greg Landry (5)
1979 Jeff Komlo (16)
1980 Gary Danielson (16)
1981 Eric Hipple (10) / Gary Danielson (4) / Jeff Komlo (2)
1982 Gary Danielson (5) / Eric Hipple (4)
1983 Eric Hipple (16)
1984 Gary Danielson (14) / John Witkowski (1) / Eric Hipple (1)
1985 Eric Hipple (15) / Joe Ferguson (1)
1986 Eric Hipple (10) / Joe Ferguson (4) / Chuck Long (2)
1987 Chuck Long (12) / Todd Hons (3)
1988 Rusty Hilger (9) / Chuck Long (7)
1989 Rodney Peete (8) / Bob Gagliano (7) / Eric Hipple (1)
1990 Rodney Peete (11) / Bob Gagliano (4) / Andre Ware (1)
1991 Rodney Peete (8) / Erik Kramer (8)
1992 Rodney Peete (10) / Erik Kramer (3) / Andre Ware (3)
1993 Rodney Peete (10) / Erik Kramer (4) / Andre Ware (2)
1994 Scott Mitchell (9) / Dave Krieg (7)
1995 Scott Mitchell (16)
1996 Scott Mitchell (14) / Don Majkowski (2)
1997 Scott Mitchell (16)
1998 Charlie Batch (12) / Frank Reich (2) / Scott Mitchell (2)
1999 Charlie Batch (10) / Gus Frerotte (6)
2000 Charlie Batch (15) / Stoney Case (1)
2001 Charlie Batch (9) / Ty Detmer (4) / Mike McMahon (3)
2002 Joey Harrington (12) / Mike McMahon (4)
2003 Joey Harrington (16)
2004 Joey Harrington (16)
2005 Joey Harrington (11) / Jeff Garcia (5)
2006 Jon Kitna (16)
2007 Jon Kitna (16)
2008 Dan Orlovsky (7) / Daunte Culpepper (5) / Jon Kitna (4)
2009 Matthew Stafford (10) / Daunte Culpepper (5) / Drew Stanton (1)
2010 Shaun Hill (10) / Matthew Stafford (3) / Drew Stanton (3)
2011 Matthew Stafford (16)
2012 Matthew Stafford (16)
2013 Matthew Stafford (16)
2014 Matthew Stafford (16)
2015 Matthew Stafford (16)
2016 Matthew Stafford (16)
2017 Matthew Stafford (16)