Chow should help revive McNair

Originally Published: July 8, 2005
Scouts Inc.
As another NFL season approaches, Scouts Inc. breaks down every roster and offers position-by-position breakdowns.

Quarterbacks
After missing eight games with a sternum injury that required surgery last year, Steve McNair decided to lose some weight in an effort to get in better shape and quicker so he doesn't take as many big hits. He adjusted his diet, worked with a personal trainer in Mississippi and did over an hour of cardiovascular work a day.

While he finished last year with his lowest quarterback rating since the 1997 season, and turned 32 during the offseason, he is still one of the best in the league when he's healthy. If he regains some of the burst he showed earlier in his career, stays healthy and picks up new offensive coordinator Norm Chow's system, look for him to bounce back with an excellent season.

The good news for Tennessee fans is Billy Volek is a quality backup. Volek doesn't have great arm strength and isn't a dangerous open field runner, but gets rid of the ball quickly, is accurate and, most importantly, takes care of the football. The bad news is he too has had some problems staying healthy, as he sustained a season-ending injury in 2003 and is coming off offseason shoulder surgery.

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