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Posted at 3:43 PM ET, 12/14/2010

McNabb on pace to set Redskins passing record

By Dan Steinberg

(By John McDonnell - TWP)


You know what's weird? Playing for a 5-8 team that's 28th in the NFL in points scored, Donovan McNabb is on pace to set the Redskins' all-time record for passing yards in one season. Grant Paulsen said this on 106.7 The Fan Sunday evening, and I didn't believe him, but it's true.

McNabb currently has 3,377 passing yards, which puts him on pace for 4,156 yards through 16 games. Partly because of his history of being injured, McNabb has never gone over 4,000 yards in one season.

In their entire history, the Redskins have only had two 4,000-yard passers. In 1986, Jay Schroeder threw for 4,109 yards, and the Skins went 12-4. In 1999, Brad Johnson threw for 4,005 yards, and the Skins went 10-6.

Third on the list is Mark Rypien, who threw for 3,768 yards in 1989, when the Skins also finished 10-6.

But McNabb is behind the pace those guys set for touchdowns. Schroeder had 22 TDs when he set the yardage record. Johnson had 24 in his 4,000-yard season, while Rypien had 22 in 1989. McNabb is on pace for 17 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. That would be the most thrown by any Redskins quarterback since, you guessed it, Schroeder in 1986.

By Dan Steinberg  | December 14, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
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Comments

All REAL Redskin fans already knew this. Proof positive that McNabb is NOT the problem. McNabb has leadership ability as well as being a better QB than we've had in quite some time. Note that ESPN is reporting McNabb may be replaced for the Dallas game by Rex. Maybe Donovan has an incentive for record yards in a season and the Redskins don't want to pay up. Maybe they just want to see what they have at QB. If that's the case, start Beck, Rex is not and will not be the future at QB for us. He has been over-rated his entire college and pro career. If the rumor is true, McNabb did not seem to know it today, and in fact he correctly stated the offense did well Sunday, just not well enough.

Posted by: bfjam | December 14, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

i'm no analyst, so i don't have data to back it up, but i will say that this year has seemed especially pass-happy.

Posted by: moo21 | December 14, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

record or no record as philly found out, this guy stinks up the joint

Posted by: agra09 | December 14, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Just goes to show you that you can't cherry-pick one stat for a player and decide their value based on that.

McNabb is near a record for passing yards. That probably means he's completed more long passes than prior QB's. But obviously that doesn't make you win games. This is the one thing that he brings to the Skins that they haven't had in, well, forever, which is a QB that can throw the long ball.

Another way to look at it... McNabb has more picks than TD's this year. He has never had a year like that in his career. Few starting QB's have.

Something else not shown in the stats... most of McNabb's completions result in the receiver not making any more yards because they had to dive into the dirt to get the ball. How many yards did he leave on the field?

Look at ALL of McNabb's stats for his career and you'll see that he's having the worst year of his career. A few long passes doesn't change that.

Posted by: unclelonghair | December 14, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. The latter is often the most misleading. McNabb has had many great years in the NFL, but this is not nearly his best nor that of many great Redskin QBs. The great years mentioned above were by done by QBs on good to great teams. Yards and TDs are much more impressive when done on meaningfulk teams in meaningful games. Much of this years stats (like many of the highest RB yardage leaders) were made on a bad team in games that are already decided.

McNabb might be tyhe best choice to help lead a new young QB, but he is not even a 2 year solution for this team. As long as we are using statistics, please get them correct. The highest scoring team the Redskins had was of course in 91 when Rypien threw 28 TDs.

Posted by: mg33706 | December 14, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. The latter is often the most misleading. McNabb has had many great years in the NFL, but this is not nearly his best nor that of many great Redskin QBs. The great years mentioned above were by done by QBs on good to great teams. Yards and TDs are much more impressive when done on meaningfull teams in meaningful games. Much of this years stats (like many of the highest RB yardage leaders) were made on a bad team in games that are already decided.

McNabb might be the best choice to help lead a new young QB, but he is not even a 2 year solution for this team. As long as we are using statistics, please get them correct. The highest scoring team the Redskins had was of course in 91 when Rypien threw 28 TDs.

Posted by: mg33706 | December 14, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. The latter is often the most misleading. McNabb has had many great years in the NFL, but this is not nearly his best nor that of many great Redskin QBs. The great years mentioned above were by done by QBs on good to great teams. Yards and TDs are much more impressive when done on meaningfull teams in meaningful games. Much of this years stats (like many of the highest RB yardage leaders) were made on a bad team in games that are already decided.

McNabb might be the best choice to help lead a new young QB, but he is not even a 2 year solution for this team. As long as we are using statistics, please get them correct. The highest scoring team the Redskins had was of course in 91 when Rypien threw 28 TDs.

Posted by: mg33706 | December 14, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

A lotta passing yards is always part of a chronically desperate offense.

Posted by: kls1 | December 14, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I'll just pass on McNabb.....

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | December 14, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

In response to "There are lies, damn lies, and statistics"... The highest scoring team the Redskins had was when we went to our third Super Bowl. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Posted by: yesyall1 | December 15, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Does McNABB get a BOOBIE Proze for breaking the record??? ooooooh, wait a minut... he IS the BOOBIE PRIZE! EGHADS!

Here we fans are, trying to focus on "You are what your record says you are", and now we get the Press trying to play up statistics as something good.

No thank you, I'd take a better record far more than stats...

Posted by: wagenstill | December 15, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Mcnabb isn't the problem...

He actually is playing better than he should with all the deficiencies around him.

Fix that damn line. I mean... come next offseason.. CUT EVERYONE except, TWilliams,
Get some "REAL" guys that can actually block for a damn..

I knwo that Santana Moss is a very legit WR. But he's not cut out to be the #1 WR on most teams. He's not a clear cut #1. Armstrong is a clear cut #2. We need a new #1 and a new #3 WR.

Remove everyone from the damn Oline and start from scratch.

Mcnabb will be so much better with an improved Oline and more time with talented efficient WRs.

Enough said...

I dont care if you disagree with me due to your loyalty for favorite players. If you are satisfied with mediocracy... so be it. But in order to WIN in the NFL... can't have the QB rushed from every direction on every play and expect to win.

Good day.

Posted by: regxjin | December 15, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

"The '83 'Skins scored 541 points during the regular season, the second-highest total in NFL history, and, except for their 38-9 Super Bowl loss to the Raiders, never scored fewer than 23 points in a game"... In 1998 the Vikings put up 556 points.

Posted by: yesyall1 | December 15, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

The '83 'Skins scored 541 points during the regular season, the second-highest total in NFL history, and, except for their 38-9 Super Bowl loss to the Raiders, never scored fewer than 23 points in a game.

Posted by: yesyall1 | December 15, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

This just proves records don't mean @##$@!!

Posted by: amontgomery1 | December 15, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

IF WE CAN BEAT THE COWBOYS AGAIN, THIS WEEK, IT WILL BE A WINNING SEASON AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED.
GO SKINS
GERALD

Posted by: skinsclub | December 15, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

We haven't been set at QB since Brad Johnson. Johnson was a stable, durable, reliable QB, who Snyder ran out of town because he wanted Jeff George. All he did was went to Tampa and won a Super Bowl. He wasn't flashy, but you pretty much knew what you could expect, week in and week out. Personally, I think this team needs to be gutted. Save for Orakpo, Banks, Armstrong and "maybe" Torain and Cooley, (God Bless London Fletcher); everything else is up for grabs... Draft a QB and sign a "decent" veteran in Free Agency and REALLY rebuild.

Posted by: amontgomery1 | December 15, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

The only stat that matters is 5-8, 0% chance of playoffs. The rest are garbage stats.

Posted by: harbirsingh | December 15, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather have the team set a new scoring record than any individual records. McNabb setting the passing record will be forgotten in a couple of years, but I still fondly remember that '83 team and what they accomplished.

Posted by: unquiltom | December 15, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

We could take the majority of the previous comments, go back in time to last year, replace 'McNabb' with 'Campbell,' and not tell the difference.

Face reality, folks; this TEAM is ho-horrendous. People who dumped on Campbell last year should see plainly that he wasn't the problem, but everything around him was: few impact receivers, lousy o-line, past-their-prime running backs. If you watch Joe Flacco carefully he and JC are the same qb, flaws and all. Flacco is surrounded by a real TEAM, from the front office to the trainers. The Skins bring in a borderline-HOF qb and get the same putrid results should reveal clearly the team's true issues, but that seems not.
Please, people; take off the burgundy and gold glasses and see the emperor is butt-naked. This team has to be blown up like the 1988-89 Cowgirls and built from scratch like my deep-dish pizza, and just like waiting on my dough to rise twice we must wait 3 years to taste the goodness.

Posted by: pdexiii | December 16, 2010 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Should not have used 2 picks on an older QB when the foundation is crumbling, but now that they're spent, let's not waste them like we did for TJ Duckett, Jason Taylor, and all of the little owner's other fantasy picks. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, draft some of those big guys on both sides of the line. Fix the foundation. (Better yet, sell the team, Dan. You have a way of making geniuses mortal. First Gibbs, then Shanahan? It's the karma, Dan. Treat the grandma's and the soldier's wives the way you do, and it will all come back to bite you in the butt. Saw some of that last Sunday.

Posted by: jburnetti | December 16, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

To the guy who said McNabb has gotten his yardage in garbage time I would ask what team he has been watching all season. The Redskins have been in every game but 2 all the way to the final drive.

Posted by: manlius1 | December 16, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

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