NFL: the Pass-Happy League

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Over the past few seasons, the NFL has become more and more offensive, with the group of aggressive quarterbacks growing at a pace, and passing records falling at a similar rate.

Many fans and football betting experts have started to ask whether this passing “craze” in the NFL is out of control, or is it just a phase that we are going through? Will defences soon catch up with the pass-happy teams?

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Drew Brees Breaks NFL Single Season Passing Record

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The pigskin has been flying all over the place this fall as the NFL single season mark of 5,084 passing yards, set by the Miami Dolphins’ Dan Marino in 1984, is no more. New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, the pride of Purdue Boilermakers football, is the new king of the air attack. The record stood for 27 years.

Brees did it in the second half versus the rival Atlanta Falcons on a 9 yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles with 2:51 left in the game. It gave Brees 5,087 yards for the game and put the Saints up 45-16.

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Who will Break Dan Marino’s Passing Record Next Week?

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The NFL has certainly gone out of the way in recent years to emphasize the passing game. Numerous rule changes and rule tweaks have changed the game, enabling passers to put up big numbers and let offenses score at will.

As a result, quarterbacks are the highest paid NFL players, with those most entrusted in protecting the QB’s blind side (left tackles) and those with the most important role in stopping the opponent’s forward pass (elite pass-rushers) not far behind.

The pigskin has been flying all over the place this fall as the single season mark of 5,084 passing yards, set by the Miami Dolphins’ Dan Marino in 1984, will soon fall.

Two QBs will almost certainly eclipse it, with three more coming close.

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NFL more Pass-happy, WR standards of greatness changing

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“It’s a totally different game today than it was even five years ago,” said former Notre Dame and Oakland Raiders great Tim Brown, when I asked about the seismic shift currently occurring within the NFL.

The league is more obsessed with the forward pass than ever before. And since the major pass-first teams are consistently winning, this trend will only increase in the years ahead.

I caught up to Brown in South Bend for the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend. Brown himself had an interesting conversation on the topic with a fellow member of his enshrinement class; one with the same last name.

“(Former New England Patriots WR) Troy Brown and I were talking about this. How are they going to judge receivers? If they are having a hard time judging me and Cris Carter, how are they going to judge these guys who are in a 100 catch offense, and average 9 yards a catch?” Brown told me.

By Paul M. Banks

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