Steve McNair
The Game Is Better Than Ever

The ever-increasing high quality of football is one of the NFL stories of the new century. Asked to explain what's going on, Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb said, "Big-time players are making big plays in big games." In other words, in the midst of the gripping 2006 baseball playoffs, some of the NFL's most spectacular athletes -- from Tom Brady and Peyton Manning to Drew Brees -- have started fast. And so 10 or 12 of the league's leading teams are now playing the game about as well as it has ever been played, among them Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and even Chicago. It is, of course, the passers and their creatively designed offenses that are...