We conclude our spotlighting former Atlanta Falcons players with the Quarterback of the Falcon team that made it to it’s lone Super bowl (prior to this season) …Chris Chandler.
Chandler played in the NFL for 17 seasons, from 1988 to 2004. He played for eight teams, a record shared with Mark Royals
, Karl Wilson
, and Jeff Brady
(although Chandler is the only player to have started for eight different teams). He threw for 28,484 yards, and had a career passer rating of 79.1. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass for seven different franchises, an NFL record. At the time of his retirement, he was ranked 30th in all-time pass completions, with 2328. He was continually bothered by injuries, which earned him the moniker
of “Crystal Chandelier” amongst his detractors.
Chandler was taken in the third round of the draft by the Indianapolis Colts
. The Colts deemed Chandler expendable due to his poor play, and the fact that they selected Jeff George
with the first overall choice in the 1990 draft
. Chandler was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
in 1990 for a 1st round draft choice that turned out to be the 2nd overall pick (The Colts also had the 1st pick the same year. The pick that they got for Chandler they used on Quentin Coryatt
). Chandler was cut during the 1991 season. As a Buccaneer, he had an 0-6 record as a starter, threw for 5 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, and had a passer rating
Chandler’s best seasons were with Atlanta, when he was coached by Dan Reeves. Chandler was a Pro Bowl quarterback in 1997 and 1998. The 1998 season saw Chandler lead the Falcons to their only Super Bowl appearance, though Atlanta lost to John Elway and the Denver Broncos (coached by Mike Shanahan). In 1998, Chandler’s 9.65 yards-per-attempt figure was the highest single-season YPA of any quarterback in the 1990s with 300+ passing attempts.
Following the 2000 season, Chandler’s record as a starting Atlanta quarterback was 28-25, which prompted the Falcons to consider recruiting a new quarterback. Atlanta held the fifth overall pick in the 2001 draft, and traded the pick to the San Diego Chargers, along with Tim Dwight, a third round pick in 2001, and a 2002 second round pick (which became Reche Caldwell). In return, Atlanta received the first overall pick in the 2001 draft, which they used to select quarterback Michael Vick.
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Chris Chandler