Steve then: In 2002 the world suddenly awoke to the idea that steve mcnair was a great player. What was sad is that titan fans also took that long to awake to that notion. A few numbers to chew on.. From 99-2001 the titans winning percentage was 68%. In 2002 our winning percentage was 68%. In 2002 steve had a passing rating of 84, From 99-2001 steve's average passing rating was 83.6. In 2002 steve rushed for 27.5 yards a game. From 99-2001 steve rushed for 27.4 yards per game. So what was the difference? There was none! It's all emotion. You may argue that steve heroically led us to the playoffs and you would be right. But he was also the starting QB in those first 5 games that went 1-4. Steve mcnair was the same guy in 2002 that he was the previous 3 or 4 seasons. -------------- Now lets jump to 2005. In 2005 mcnair's passing numbers were very similar to 2002. His passing rating was only 1.7 points lower and his TD to int ration the same. But many of you would argue that mcnair was the best QB on the planet then and is not good now. How does that compute? His passing numbers are the same! And in 2002 mcnair had better people to throw to. Then he had mason, dyson, bennett, mccareins. Far better than the WR situation in 2005. He had a still productive wycheck and kinney. If mcanir's numbers are as good in 2005 as they were in 2002 with less talent to throw to then how is he done? He's not. The obvious difference is his running which is why he will never be an elite top 5 QB again. But he can be and probably still is the 10-13th best QB. And with his experience, leadership and the possibility of being able to mentor a young QB, vince young perhaps. By 2007 this team will have championship talent. All those draft picks from 2004-2006 will be primed. The players we just signed with the exception of our center will be in their prime. Bennett if we can find a way to keep him will still be in his prime. And who do you want to QB that team? A tough gritty jim plunkett type guy or some green kid? We are in championship mode guys! Not rebuilding mode.