Quarterback Drew Bledsoe -- the guy head coach Bill Parcells has said is successful because of the way he just "manages" a game -- has thrown for 1,663 yards through six games, the third-highest passing yardage this season after New England's Tom Brady and St. Louis' Marc Bulger.
Bledsoe's average of just over 277 passing yards per game this season
has him on a pace to throw this season for nearly 4,435 yards this
season, which would obliterate the career-bests set by Troy Aikman (who
threw for a career-high 3,445 yards in 1992), Roger Staubach (3,586 in
1979) and of course Danny White, the team's record holder after
throwing for 3,980 yards in 1983. Should he continue his current pace,
Bledsoe not only would set a new team record for passing yards in a
single season, he would be the single-season record holder with three
franchises, since he already sits atop the single-season lists for the
New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills.
True to form, Bledsoe deflected talk of setting such a mark with the Cowboys with TheRanchReport.com.
"It honestly does not matter," he said of the chance to set the team
record. "If we're winning games and I throw for a lot of yards, that's
great. But if I get all those yards and we lose, it doesn't mean
anything too me."
The biggest beneficiary of his passing production, Bledsoe said, is the
Dallas running game.
"As the efficiency of our passing game continues to grow, teams are
going to have to back off the line of scrimmage," he said. "Then, our
running game can really take off."
For the time being, however, Bledsoe seems relatively unimpressed with
the possibility of leapfrogging over Aikman, Staubach and White on the
Cowboys' single-season passing charts, or with the notion of
simultaneously holding the record with the Cowboys, Bills and Patriots.
"That would be something cool to tell the grandchildren about, I
guess," he said, "because it doesn't mean (anything) right now."
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