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The Scale of Falconliness, Quarterbacks Week: Chris Chandler

Who's the ultimate Falcon? And who's the ultimate anti-Falcon? That's what we're going to find out with our summer project: the Scale of Falconliness. We'll rate former Falcons on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most Falconly. The rule: minimum of three seasons with the Falcons for coaches, five seasons for players.

Thank you for grinding through special teams week. It's not pleasant, but it had to happen. Now let's treat ourselves to a week of quarterback critique.

Chris Chandler, QB (1997 - 2001)

Falconly Unfalconly
  • Second line of his Wikipedia: "He is known for leading the Atlanta Falcons to a 14-2 season in 1998, followed up with an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII."
  • Third on the Falcons all-time passing yardage list. Second in touchdowns. Fourth in attempts, third in completions.
  • Wore a Falcons helmet in his only two Pro Bowls. Saved all his best years for Atlanta, seemingly. His passer rating was >80 for only six of his 17 seasons, but four of those six occurred as a Falcon.
  • His 1998 season was one of the most potent passing years in NFL history, ranking seventh on the all-time yards-per-attempt list. It's the only season since the late-'70s rule changes in the top ten besides Kurt Warner's "Greatest Show on Turf" 2000. It also ranks third all-time on PFR's adjusted yards-per-completions list, which accounts for strength of schedule.

  • Started for eight different teams, an NFL record.
  • Played only five of his 17 years in Atlanta.
  • Impressively injury-prone. Missed at least two games in every year as a Falcon. Has no known nickname besides "Crystal Chandelier."
  • At the age of 35, coming off eight straight seasons cut short by injury and his worst two years in Atlanta, complained about the Falcons drafting a new quarterback. That quarterback would soon finish second in MVP voting. Then some bad things happened, but that's not what Chandler was complaining about. I can't find the quote.
  • After joining a new team, complained about leaving the Falcons. I can't find the quote.

Current standings after the jump: