In 2008 New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 5,069 yards, just 16 yards shy of breaking Dan Marino’s 1984 single season passing yardage total of 5,084 yards. To Brees it wasn’t much of an accomplishment as the Saints went 8-8 that year.
Fast forward to 2011 and now the NFL is smack in the middle of unprecendented period of passing, and it’s clear the glory days of the teams relying primarily on the running game to grind out wins is over.
While the passing totals this season continue to eclipse the water marks of seasons past there are four quarterbacks currently on pace to surpass Marino this year – Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers and Phillip Rivers.
Brees in particular is currently leading the league in passing with 3,004 yards through nine games. He is averaging 334.11 yards per game, putting him on pace to finish the regular season with 5,334 passing yards.
He has already set a new NFL record for the most pass yards through the first nine games of a season, and has even bested Marino’s nine game total from that magical 1984 season.
After week nine Marino threw for 2,672 yards, 332 yards less than what Brees has achieved, and with the Saints penchant to throw the ball Brees has more than a good chance to at least be the first to take down the record.