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Can Kolb Throw For 4,000 Yards In 2010?

Once upon a time, if a quarterback threw for more than 4,000 yards in a season it was considered a truly remarkable achievement. Well, this past season a record 10 quarterbacks surpassed the 4,000-yard plateau. Two seasons ago, six quarterbacks hit the milestone. In 2007, seven passed for over 4,000 yards which at the time was the record.

Obviously, the rule changes to benefit the passing game certainly have had an impact. However, only 43 quarterbacks in NFL history have reached the 4,000-yard mark and not one of them did it in an Eagles uniform. Donovan McNabb owns virtually every passing record, but the most yards he ever threw for in a season was 3,916 in 2008. Of course, it could be argued that if he wasn't rested for most of the final two games of the 2004 season he would have surpassed the mark. He finished with 3,875 yards, but the bottom line is he didn't crack four grand.

Kevin Kolb became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 300 yards in each of his first two starts (718 total) last season. If he were to keep that pace for the entire season, he'd crush the single-season NFL mark currently held by Dan Marino (5,084). While that's not expected, but would certainly be welcomed, here are two charts. The first includes the numbers of rookie quarterbacks who were declared full-time starters from the jump. The second chart lists players who, like Kolb, held the clipboard before taking over the starting role and what they did once they were in the spotlight. Yes, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, whose career path closely resembles Kolb's, is included.

First-Year Numbers Of Rookie Starting QBs
Player Year GP/GS Att./Comp. Yards TD INT Record
Joe Flacco, BAL 2008 16/16 257/428 2,971 14 12 11-5
Matt Ryan, ATL 2008 16/16 265/434 3,440 16 11 11-5
Mark Sanchez, NYJ 2009 15/15 196/364 2,444 12 20 8-7
Matt Stafford, DET 2009 10/10 201/377 2,267 13 20 2-8
Peyton Manning, IND 1998 16/16 326/575 3,739 26 28 3-13

Veterans In First Year As Full-Time Starting QB
Player Year Season GP/GS Att./Comp. Yards TD INT Record
Aaron Rodgers 2008 4th 16/16 341/536 4,038 28 13 6-10
Donovan McNabb 2000 2nd 16/16 330/569 3,365 21 13 11-5
Drew Brees 2002 2nd 16/16 320/526 3,284 17 16 8-8
Brett Favre 1993 3rd 16/16 318/522 3,303 19 24 9-7
Tony Romo 2007 3rd 16/16 335/520 4,211 36 19 13-3

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 7:15 p.m., June 27

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