Nearly every current NFL club has had a quarterback throw for 4,000 yards in a season, but not all of them. There are three teams never to have one its QBs reach the milestone.
The Chicago Bears, first known as the Decatur Staleys, were a charter member of the NFL in 1920. Over the decades several of their QBs inched near the milestone mark but not quite reached it. The Bears’ record holder for passing yards in a season is Erik Kramer who had 3,838 yards in 1995.
The Philadelphia Eagles also have never had a 4,000-yard passer in their 80 years of operation. Donovan McNabb set the franchise record when he threw for 3,916 yards in 2008.
Seattle, an expansion team in 1976, have had a nice corral of exciting passers over the years but none have eclipsed the 4k mark. The Seahawks record belongs to Matt Hasselback who came within 34 yards of hitting 4,000 yards in 2007.
Now, for a quick history lesson. The New York Jets boasted pro football’s first 4,000-yard passer when “Broadway” Joe Namath threw for 4,007 yards in 1967. The two teams with the most quarterbacks with 4,000-yard campaigns are the Denver Broncos (John Elway, Jake Plummer, Jay Cutler, Peyton Manning) and the Green Bay Packers (Lynn Dickey, Don Majkowski, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers).
Manning is the individual record holder. He has chalked up a record 12 seasons with 4,000 or more yards during his career with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver.
And, if, and only if, you are confident in the fantasy lineup you’ve set and you’re all ready for kickoff, then go ahead and find out more about the history of the 4,000-yard passer. Story>>>
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