Gannon's priority is wins, not records

Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon is on pace to rewrite the franchise and NFL record book but don't expect him to do any backflips.

 

Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon is on pace to rewrite the franchise and NFL record book but don't expect him to do any backflips.

            Through 10 games, Gannon has completed 292-of-418 for 3,195 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has already set a handful of records in a season in which the Raiders have frequently used the short pass in place of the run.

He attempted 64 passes and completed 43; both franchise records, in a 30-17 win over Pittsburgh. Drew Bledsoe holds the mark for attempts (70) and completions (45) in a game. Bledsoe holds the mark for attempts in a season (691) while Warren Moon holds the record for completions (404). At his current rate, Gannon is on pace to complete 465 passes and attempt 668. Gannon is on pace to throw for 5,112 yards, which would eclipse Dan Marino's record of 5,084 set in 1984. Jeff George holds the franchise record at 3,917 set in 1997.

Gannon is the first quarterback in franchise history to pass for over 3,000 yards in four straight seasons. He threw for over 300 yards in five straight games, one shy of Steve Young's record of six, set in 1998. Gannon also completed an NFL single-game record 21 passes in a 34-10 win over Denver.

What does all of this mean to Gannon? Absolutely zilch, especially since Oakland is 6-4 with six games remaining.

"Anyone who knows me personally knows that that's never really been a point of emphasis to me," Gannon said. "My big thing is, how can we win 12 games? How do you get to that point? How do you put your team in that position to have a chance at the playoffs? That's always been my focus, and it will continue to be my focus the next six weeks."


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