Chandler drops to No. 3 QB as Falcons prepare for Hawks

  • SCOTT M. JOHNSON / Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2000 9:00pm
  • Sports


Herald Writer

Chris Chandler’s teams have faced the Seattle Seahawks three times in his 13-year NFL career, and he’s been on the field only once. So why should this weekend be any different?

The oft-injured Chandler is expected to miss another meeting with the Seahawks this Sunday, although his health might not be the only reason.

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves announced Wednesday that he will go with rookie Doug Johnson, who played during the second half in a loss to Oakland four days ago, as the starter for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks.

“I just think it gives us the best chance to win,” Reeves said on a conference call Wednesday. “I think Chris and (backup) Danny (Kanell) are not completely healthy, and the young guy is. This gives us a chance to evaluate him and gives a chance for a guy like Chris to get healthy and see over these next three or four weeks if we can get any better.”

Chandler, an Everett native who starred at Everett High School and the University of Washington, has suffered a rib injury and a concussion this season. He had to leave Sunday’s game for one play after being sacked, then eventually gave way to Johnson in the second half. But Chandler is not listed on the team’s injury report, even though the Falcons announced that he will be the No. 3 quarterback against the Seahawks.

The true reason for Chandler’s demotion might be a growing rift between himself and the coach. Chandler was critical of some of the play-calling following the loss to Oakland, and eventually had a meeting with Reeves.

Reeves met with Chandler again on Wednesday morning to tell him Johnson would start.

“He’s disappointed, but he also realizes that he’s not 100 percent,” Reeves said. “This will give us a chance. He’s going to be supportive and help the young guy play as well as he can.”

While was disappointed with Reeves’ decision, “I understand his reasoning,” Chandler told the Associated Press, emphasizing that he and Reeves hold no resentment against each other.

“I just do what’s asked of me,” Chandler said. “I don’t read anything personal into it. I believe personal relationships should stay out of it.”

Chandler, however, took issue with Atlanta’s coaching staff after the Falcons were drubbed 41-14 by Oakland on Sunday. He said the coaches should share the blame with players for the pitiful performance of the Falcons’ offense this season.

“It’s the players’ responsibility to play better, and also I think it goes beyond that,” Chandler told the Associated Press on Sunday. “… I think maybe we can do better as a coaching staff also. It goes from top to bottom.”

Chandler, 35, is signed through the 2003 season, but a lofty salary (almost $18 million over the next three years) leaves his future in question. He has played 13 or more games in only five of his first 12 seasons. He has started 12 games this year, but ranks 12th in the NFC in passer rating (71.9).

Johnson has completed 14 of 24 passes for 128 yards in limited action this season. One of the few Seahawks who knows what to expect out of him Sunday is rookie wide receiver Darrell Jackson, who played with Johnson at the University of Florida last season.

“He’s very capable,” Jackson said. “He knows how to read defenses, he has a great attitude and he knows what to do.”

Talk to us

More in Sports

Everett Community College has hired longtime assistant coach Daniel Thompson (middle) as its new head men's basketball coach. (EvCC Athletics photo)
EvCC names Thompson new men’s basketball head coach

Thompson, 35, has been an assistant with the Trojans for 9 seasons and takes over for Mike Trautman, who stepped down in April.

Spring 2023 All-Wesco teams

Note: All-Wesco teams are chosen by the league’s coaches. For any misspellings… Continue reading

Hammer throw.
Local trio shines in high school hammer throw finals

Adrianna Coleman and Kimberly Beard place 1-2 in the women’s portion, and Calvin Gutierrez takes 2nd in the men’s championship.

Washington celebrates a home run by Rylee Holtorf (3) at home plate during the second inning of an NCAA softball Women's College World Series game against Utah Friday, June 2, 2023, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)
UW opens Women’s College World Series with key win over Utah

After being rained out on Thursday, Washington beats Utah 4-1 to advance into the winner’s bracket.

Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Week for May 22-28

The Athlete of the Week nominees for May 22-28 Voting closes at… Continue reading

Hops rally in 9th inning to sink AquaSox

Reid VanScoter turns in an impressive outing, but Everett’s bullpen falters late in a 4-3 defeat.

Rangers shortstop Corey Seager (left) reaches down to tag out the Mariners’ Teoscar Hernande, who was trying to stretch a single into a double during the third inning of a game Friday in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Mariners’ bats silent in shutout by Rangers

Seattle’s offense musters just three hits in the 2-0 defeat.

AquaSox can’t make huge rally hold, lose to Hops

Everett takes the lead with six runs in the eighth, but allows two runs back in the ninth and falls 13-12 to Hillsboro.

The Everett Elite Flag Football 14-under team practices Sunday morning at Harbour Pointe Middle School in Mukilteo, Washington on January 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Community roundup: 3 Jackson grads to D-I baseball tournament

Plus, Jayden White is headed back to the NCAA track and field nationals, the Silvertips sign their first-round picks and more.

Washington's Sami Reynolds runs the bases against McNeese during an NCAA softball game on Saturday, May 20, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Local softball stars Reynolds, Mahler set for WCWS

Washington’s Sami Reynolds (Snohomish) and Stanford’s River Mahler (Monroe) each play prominent roles on their Pac-12 teams.

The Mariners’ Cal Raleigh smiles as a teammate throws bubblegum at him during an interview after Raleigh hit a single to drive in the winning run against the Yankees during the 10th inning of a game Wednesday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
Raleigh’s RBI single in 10th gives M’s 1-0 win over Yankees

George Kirby pitches one of the best games of his young career with eight shutout innings in Seattle’s 1-0 win.

AquaSox top Hops on wild pitch in 11th inning

Everett edges Hillsboro 3-2 in a game with strong pitching on both sides.