Which NFL Franchises Have Had the Best Elite Quarterback Combos?

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Which NFL Franchises Have Had the Best Elite Quarterback Combos?
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The Peyton Manning dilemma caused me to wonder about other elite quarterbacks and the franchises that have been fortunate enough to have more than one great quarterback in their history. If Manning can: a) come back healthy and play; and b) leave Indianapolis and play somewhere else, as popular opinion suggests, the landscape of this list will change considerably. 

If you're wondering why you don't see Warren Moon, John Elway or Tom Brady on the list, it's because they are the only truly big-time signal-callers to play for their respective teams. More than one is needed to make a combo.

Apologies go out to the Redskins, Chiefs and Vikings fans. Washington had a formidable trio in their own right with Sammy Baugh, Sonny Jurgensen and Joe Theismann. Kansas City could counter with Len Dawson and Joe Montana, who was still productive at the back end in his time with the Chiefs. Montana achieves a double-double, as he was part of a combo with two different teams.

Minnesota isn't chopped liver, either: Fran Tarkenton and Brett Favre, another double-double performer, form a strong combo as well. 

Favre attempted to become a triple-double guy with Broadway Joe, but we all know that transition year in New York was just used to kill time until he could go to Minnesota. Plus, he faded down the stretch anyway.

Might as well start with the two guys pictured above. Joe Cool and Steve Young are as strong as it gets. Both men made a living throwing darts to Jerry Rice. Mr Rice became the greatest of all WR's by hauling in said darts.

Montana is a perfect 4-0 all time in Super Bowls. Young set a Super Bowl record by torching San Diego for six touchdowns in Super Bowl XXIX. San Francisco wasn't big enough for the both of them, but they both thrived in their time there. 

There is no particular order to this list, so feel free to rank them, debate them, agree or disagree. Here come the rest.     

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