In keeping with today's theme about passing offense (check out the previous post on Miami needing more passing TDs) I bring to your attenting the fact the NFL this week is making a big deal in its releases that both Drew Brees and Kurt Warner are locked in a chase to beat Dan Marino's single-season passing yards mark.
In 1984 Marino passed for a jaw-dropping 5,084 yards. Let me repeat that: Five thousand and eighty-four freakin' yards!
But through 10 games this year Brees, the QB the Dolphins passed on not once but twice, is on pace to pass for 5,201 yards for the year. Through 10 games Marino had 3,094 yards that fateful Super Bowl season. Brees has thrown for 3,251 yards through 10 games this season.
"Drew is having a great year,” says NFL Network and former NFL coach Steve Mariucci. “He’s a veteran player who gives the Saints confidence. He makes his receivers better and they play hard because of his leadership. He’s also been good for the city of New Orleans and has brought excitement to the fans.”
How torqued are you that Miami indeed passed on Brees twice -- once in the 2001 draft and again during the 2006 free agency signing period?
I still remember Rick Spielman assuring me after that 2001 draft that Brees was good, but not so much better than Jay Fiedler that Miami needed to pick him. I also remember sitting in Nick Saban's office and him saying that he wanted Brees over Daunte Culpepper, but that Miami's medical staff recommended Culpepper so he went with that.
Anyway, Warner is on pace to throw for 5,048 yards this season so he is also making an attempt on Marino's mark. Warner currently has 3,155 yards passing this season which is more than what Marino had through 10 games but still projects to fewer yards than Marino at 5,048 yards. Regardless of the projection, Warner is also on the hunt for the record.
"He’s playing in an offense that he feels really good about and he’s got good players around him," said former Cowboys and current Fox analyst Troy Aikman. "He’s a terrific leader for that team.”
Here's a chart showing the men who have passed for most yards in a season with *Projected:
MOST PASSING YARDS, SINGLE SEASON PLAYER TEAM YEAR SEASON TOTAL Dan Marino Miami 1984 5,084 Kurt Warner St. Louis 2001 4,830 Tom Brady New England 2007 4,806 Dan Fouts San Diego 1981 4,802 Dan Marino Miami 1986 4,746 Drew Brees New Orleans 2008 5,201* Kurt Warner Arizona 2008 5,048*
MOST PASSING YARDS, SINGLE SEASON