He would then need only 44 more yards to best the NFL record of 2,690 that wide receiver Derrick Mason set during the 2000 season while with the Tennessee Titans.
Quarterback Drew Brees has a new NFL record for passing yards with 5,087, eclipsing Marino’s 1984 record of 5,084 last week against the Atlanta Falcons.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is 190 yards back from Brees, so to preserve the record the Saints would have to play him a significant amount of the time against Carolina to ensure he walks away the record holder in 2011.
The Saints coaching staff swears that they don’t play to break records, a sentiment that seems to be echoed by players that maintain the most important thing is winning not record breaking stat lines.
But we also would be foolish to think that everyone attached to the Saints organizations would not like to re-write the record books and cement this 2011 season as one of the best, if not the best, in franchise history.
How nice would it be if the Saints went undefeated at home, stole the second seed and a bye, while shattering all these records in one last hurrah to close out the season — that’something special — and something I hope we all get to see.