Titans/Oilers’ All-Time Passing Leaders (Yardage)
The Houston Oilers were one of the AFL teams that came to the NFL in the merger, and then moved to Nashville for the 1997 season, where they reached the Super Bowl after the 1999 season and look poised to make a run here in 2008. There have been some amazing quarterbacks for this franchise over the years, and here is a list of the all-time Top 10 in passing yards:
Warren Moon (33,685)-After starring in the Candian Football League early in his career, Warren Moon began his NFL career with the Oilers at the age of 28, and began lighting up the scoreboard immediately. Moon leads the Oilers/Titans franchise all-time with 33,385 passing yards, all in his time there from 1984 to 1993. He had amazing seasons in 1990 and 1991 back-to-back with 4689 and 4690 (career high) yards, respectively. That 1990 season was most impressive, as Moon added 33 touchdowns (career best) with just 13 interceptions, and a 62.0% completion rate.
Steve McNair (27,141)-Steve McNair is the only player on this list to play for both the Oilers and Titans. He retired after the 2007 season and is a good bet to make the Hall of Fame. McNair played for the franchise from 1995 to 2005 and ranks second in their history with 27,141 passing yards. He had a career high 3387 yards in 2002, but McNair's best season was 2003 when he was co-MVP with Peyton Manning. That year, McNair put up 3215 yards with a career high 24 TD passes and just 7 interceptions.
George Blanda (19,149)-How could you not love a guy who puts up numbers as a quarterback and kicker? They just don't make them like George Blanda anymore. Anyway, Blanda was with the Oilers from 1960 to 1966 and ranks third in team history with 19,149 passing yards. Blanda's best season was 1961 with Houston, when he threw for career highs in yards (3330), and touchdowns (36) with 22 picks. He also made 16 of 26 field goals and 64 of 65 extra points that season.
Dan Pastorini (16,864)-Dan Pastorini played most of his career with the Oilers, from 1971 to 1979. He ranks fourth in franchise history with 16,864 passing yards, and his best season with the Oilers was 1978. That year, despite 17 interceptions, Pastorini threw for career highs in yards (2473) and TD passes (16).
Ken Stabler (5190)-Though "The Snake" Ken Stabler only played for Houston in 1980 and 1981, he ranks fifth in franchise history with 5190 passing yards. Stabler threw 28 interceptions in 1980, but also racked up 3202 passing yards with 13 touchdowns, leading Houston to an 11-5 record.
Pete Beathard (5128)-Journeyman Pete Beathard played for Houston from 1967 to 1969 and while he threw for almost twice as many interceptions as TD passes in his career (84 to 43), he does rank sixth in team history with 5128 passing yards. Beathard threw 21 picks in 1969, but had career highs in yardage (2455) and touchdowns (10).
Vince Young (4855)-Vince Young began his career with a bang for the Titans and has been with them since 2006. Young is currently behind Kerry Collins on the depth chart but ranks seventh in franchise history already with 4855 passing yards. Young had a career best 2546 yards in 2007, but 2006 was a better season-with 2199 yards and 12 touchdowns despite 13 interceptions. Young also rushed for 552 yards and 7 TDs that season.
Chris Chandler (4559)-Chris Chandler was another journeyman QB who played in Houston in 1995 and 1996, starting 25 games. Chandler ranks eighth in team history with 4559 passing yards. His best season in Houston was 1995, with 2460 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 picks.
Cody Carlson (4469)-Cody Carlson played in Houston his entire career, from 1988 to 1994 and though he wasn't a starter, ranks ninth in team history with 4469 passing yards. Carlson had his best season in 1992. That year, despite 11 interceptions, he threw for career highs in yards (1710) and TD passes (9) in just six starts.
Don Trull (3538)-Don Trull played for Houston most of his career, from 1964 to 1969 with a short stint for the Patriots thrown in in 1967. Trull ranks tenth in franchise history with 3538 passing yards, and his best season was 1966 when he started 5 games. That year, Trull threw for career highs in yards (1200) and touchdowns (10) with just 5 interceptions.