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The Yards After Catch Myth

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The Eagles have year in and year out been among the league's top teams in yards after the catch. Since 2004, the Eagles are first in the NFL in YAC per reception (5.7 yards) and third in total YAC yards (11,593) behind only Green Bay and New Orleans. From 2004-2008, the Eagles were in the top seven in the NFL in YAC each season. However, those numbers might continue to rise in 2010 with Kolb at quarterback. The folks over at IgglesBlog have the 2009 rankings for highest YAC percentage among NFL quarterbacks. With two starts last season, Kolb threw for 741 yards as he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards in each of his first two starts. Of his 741 passing yards, 389 of them came after the catch for an eye-popping 52.5 percent. That ranked sixth in the league, but only two of the quarterbacks ahead of him were full-time starters - Detroit's Matthew Stafford and Washington's Jason Campbell (now with Oakland). The other three - St. Louis' Kyle Boller, San Francisco's Shaun Hill and Buffalo's Trent Edwards - were shuffled in and out of the lineup. According to the chart, most of the league's top quarterbacks ranged from 44 percent to 48 percent. McNabb was right in the middle of that pack with a 45.5 percent YAC rate. **I know most of you guys on here(including me) believed the Eagles didn't run a "true" WCO all these years and that Donovan(even though he was/is outstanding) wasn't a perfect fit for this offense. Well, this little nugget from PE.com proves otherwise. The fact is the Eagles were one of the best at getting yards after catch even with "wormburner" Donovan at the helm. The best part? We should only improve at that aspect with Kolb because of his better short-midrange accuracy. Although, he does still need to complete his fair share of "long balls" to keep defenses honest.

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