NFL news of December 12, 2002

Houston rookie quarterback David Carr is five sacks from setting anNFL single-season record and—as painful as it might be—there probably isn’t anything he can do to avoid it.

Carr has suffered 68 sacks in 13 games—5.2 a game—and is on track to break the record of 72 set by Randall Cunningham at Philadelphia in 1986.

“We didn’t want it to happen, but we’re basically at the point now I don’t know that we can prevent it,” center Steve McKinney said. “What do you do when you get to that point? You say, `Let’s play football and not worry about any stupid records.’

…Only 13 of the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks are 30 or older, but six are starting for division leaders—Rich Gannon (36) at Oakland, Jay Fiedler (30) at Miami, Tommy Maddox (31) at Pittsburgh, Brett Favre (33) at Green Bay, Brad Johnson (34) at Tampa Bay and Jeff Garcia (32) at San Francisco. And Steve McNair of first-place Tennessee turns 30 in February.

With three weeks left, 10 of the 12 playoff spots remain unclaimed.

— Curt Sylvester, Detroit Free Press “David Carr closing in on sad-sack mark.”

By the end of the 2002, David Carr had been sacked 76 times—which remains an NFL record. It is one of three NFL records he holds, along with the record for own fumbles recovered in a season (12, also in 2002) and consecutive completed passes in a game (22, set in 2006 and tied with Mark Brunell, who also accomplished the feat in 2006).

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