Raiders’ All-Time Passing Leaders (Yardage)
The Raiders were an AFL team and since the merger has, for the most part, been a successful NFL team. Well, except for the last few seasons (2003-2008). And with a West Coast offense that has always focused on the passing game, there have been some great quarterbacks in Oakland/Los Angeles. Here is a list of the all-time top ten in passing yards for the Raiders:
Ken Stabler (19,078)-Lefty Ken Stabler, a.k.a. "The Snake," was one of the greatest QBs in NFL history, leading the Raiders to a Super Bowl title under John Madden and to the playoffs frequently. He played for the Raiders from 1970 to 1979 and leads the franchise with 19,078 passing yards. Stabler threw for a career high 3615 yards in 1979, but his best season in Oakland was 1976, one of four Pro Bowl years with the team. That season, Stabler threw for 2737 yards with 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
Rich Gannon (17,585)-Rich Gannon ignited his career in Oakland, playing there from 1999 to 2004, and led them to a Super Bowl appearance following the 2002 season. Gannon ranks second in Raiders' history with 17,585 passing yards, and 2002 was his best season. That year, Gannon completed 67.6% of his passes for a career high 4689 yards with 26 TDs and just 10 interceptions.
Daryle Lamonica (16,655)-Daryle Lamonica played for the Raiders from 1967 to 1974 and ranks third in their history with 16,655 passing yards. Lamonica's best season was 1969. That year, despite throwing 25 interceptions, Lamonica threw for career highs in passing yards (3302) and touchdowns (34).
Jim Plunkett (12,665)-Jim Plunkett played for several teams during his NFL career, but was a member of the Raiders from 1979 to 1981 and led them to a Super Bowl title after the 1980 season. Plunkett ranks fourth in team history with 12,665 passing yards, and his best season there was that 1980 campaign. That year, he threw for 2299 yards with 18 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
Marc Wilson (11,760)-Marc Wilson followed Jim Plunkett but was mostly a backup for the Raiders from 1980 to 1987. Still, Wilson ranks fifth in team history with 11,760 passing yards. His best season was 1985, when, despite 21 interceptions, Wilson threw for career highs in yards (2608) and TDs (16).
Tom Flores (11,635)-Tom Flores played most of his career in Oakland, from 1960 to 1967 and later coached them for a few years. Flores is sixth in franchise history with 11,635 passing yards. His best season was his lone Pro Bowl season of 1966, when Flores passed for career high numbers in yards (2638) and touchdowns (24) with 14 interceptions.
Jeff Hostetler (11,122)-Jeff Hostetler, who previously won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants, played for the Raiders from 1993 to 1996 and led them to a 33-22 record. Hostetler ranks seventh in Raiders' history with 11,122 passing yards. His best season in a Raiders uniform was 1994, his only Pro Bowl season. That year, Hostetler threw for a career best 3334 yards with 20 TDs and 16 interceptions.
Jay Schroeder (10,276)-Jay Schroeder was the Raiders' QB from 1988 to 1992 and still ranks eighth in team history with 10,276 passing yards. Schroeder did not make the Pro Bowl in 1990, but had a great season, with 2849 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and just 9 interceptions.
Kerry Collins (7254)-Kerry Collins only played in Oakland for two seasons, 2004 and 2005, but still ranks ninth in team history with 7254 passing yards. Collins' best season for the Raiders was 2005, when he passed for 3759 yards with 20 TDs and 12 interceptions.
Cotton Davidson (6532)-Cotton Davidson played for the Raiders from 1962 to 1968, and ranks tenth in team history with 6532 yards. Davidson threw more interceptions than touchdown passes in his career, but had a decent season in 1964. That year, Davidson threw for a career high 2497 yards with 21 touchdowns (also a career best) and 19 interceptions.