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Dan Marino: “Four or five guys” could break yardage record

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In 1984, Dan Marino passed for an NFL-record 5,084 yards. No one has equaled that mark since, but Marino thinks this may be the year — and he thinks it may be the year that more than one quarterback breaks his record.

“That’s definitely in jeopardy,” Marino said of his record, on the Dan Patrick Show. “You figure eventually someone’s going to get it, but there’s like four or five guys now who are on pace.”

Actually, six quarterbacks are currently on pace to break Marino’s record: Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Tony Romo. Brady leads the way with a ridiculous 1,553 yards through four games, which puts him on pace to shatter Marino’s record and finish the season with 6,212 yards.

Marino believes the game has changed so much that it’s inevitable that passing records will fall.

“I think all quarterbacks, your numbers would be a lot better because of the way the rules are right now,” Marino said. “And they’re just throwing it more. Guys are throwing it more than they ever have.”

And there’s a good chance that at least one of those guys will throw for more yards than anyone ever has.

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59 Responses to “Dan Marino: “Four or five guys” could break yardage record”
  1. southpaw2k says: Oct 7, 2011 12:21 PM

    It’ll come down to either Brady, Brees, and/or Rodgers. I don’t see the other guys keeping pace, especially Cam.

  2. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 7, 2011 12:22 PM

    It’s amazing that he was able to set that record so long ago. I’d love to see Dan Marino playing in one of today’s offenses.

    Actually, he could suit up for my Vikings today and probably look better than the guy they have.

  3. mataug says: Oct 7, 2011 12:22 PM

    And the fact that they protect the QBs so much now…

  4. skoobyfl says: Oct 7, 2011 12:24 PM

    Laces out dan.

  5. fin72 says: Oct 7, 2011 12:27 PM

    It doesn’t matter that the record will be broken thanks to it becoming a run and shoot league where defensive backs aren’t so much as allowed to LOOK at recievers… Marino is still the greatest pure passer in NFL history.

  6. miamarino says: Oct 7, 2011 12:29 PM

    If Dan Marino (in his prime) played with today’s rules that favor offenses, his numbers would be unheard of. He played at a time when defenses could basically mug receivers downfield & nothing would be called. Now, you so much as look at a receiver the wrong way & its a penalty.

  7. miamarino says: Oct 7, 2011 12:30 PM

    @mataug – yep, that too…

  8. Deb says: Oct 7, 2011 12:30 PM

    And? We all know football has become an aerial extravaganza. Personally, I prefer a more balanced offensive attack with a lot of smashmouth running. But what difference does all this yardage really make to anyone but fantasy fans? Maybe I’m wrong, but I’d be willing to bet Marino would trade some of that yardage for a ring. And I’ll be surprised if more than a couple of the guys on that list are serious contenders for the Lombardi at season’s end.

  9. cfmaguire9 says: Oct 7, 2011 12:30 PM

    I think it’s more attractive for the general fan or new fans of the game to watch a passing attack then a running attack. Having realized that, the NFL has created rules making it much easier for offenses to move the ball through the air by protecting the players (QB’s & receivers).

    My girlfriend asked me during the NE-BUF game: “Why does anyone ever run the ball? They only get like 2 or 3 yards most of the time.”
    It made me think how much the game has changed, and I wonder if it is for the better. I remember growing up watching guys like Emmitt Smith, Curtis Martin, Terrell Davis (albeit only for a brief time), among many others. I hope the HB doesn’t ever become a dying position like the FB.

  10. orakpownd says: Oct 7, 2011 12:34 PM

    Dan had one helluva nice ball

  11. massappeal12345 says: Oct 7, 2011 12:35 PM

    Yeh, the rules have changed, but……..

    The defensive backs are a lot better now. The defenses are more complicated.

    Marino had the advantage of mostly warm weather. The dome guys have it made, it’s much harder for the cold weather guys.

  12. all4patriots says: Oct 7, 2011 12:36 PM

    6 cold weather games at the end could make it more difficult for Brady, though I know many of his big games have happened in the snow. Wind can be an issue for anyone.

    at Philly Nov 27
    home vs. Indy Dec4
    at Redskins Dec 11
    at Denver Dec 18
    home vs. Miami Dec 24
    home vs. Buffalo Jan 1

    People underestimate the bad weather effect on most QBs, which wasn’t so much an issue for Marino (in Miami for home games) or Peyton (dome). Makes it more impressive if TB does it.

    Personally though, I hope the Pats run more and the offense gets balanced out, like vs. Oakland

  13. stoogy says: Oct 7, 2011 12:36 PM

    Should be a fun stat to watch all year.. The numbers will drop a bit due to weather and game plans but we will c.

  14. joker65 says: Oct 7, 2011 12:40 PM

    I’m old enough to remember that season Marino had…..it was unreal! The Marks brothers running up and down the field….crazy! That was the run first era…..the fact no one since has broken it attests to how out of the ordinary his season was. Even if someone breaks it, that season will be so special….kind of like OJ going over 2000 yards in 73 in only 14 games(ok, now I know I’m old).

  15. profootballwalk says: Oct 7, 2011 12:41 PM

    This year, Marino would throw for 6,000 yards.

    And still not win the Super Bowl.

  16. pdxpanther says: Oct 7, 2011 12:42 PM

    We can thank Roger Goodell for watering down the accomplishment when it is broken at some point. If Marino played today, I have no doubt in my mind he would have thrown for at least 5,500 yards. It’s unfortunate that even throwing for 300 yards in a single game doesn’t mean anything anymore because of all these ridiculous rules.

  17. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 7, 2011 12:42 PM

    just rest your nuts on his eye lids for a second Dan

  18. KeepitReal says: Oct 7, 2011 12:43 PM

    The others I can see. But a rookie breaking the record would be interesting, to say the least.

  19. clayton43 says: Oct 7, 2011 12:48 PM

    lol Who cares ?? The league is a joke as far as the rules in place now and of course records can be broken. The bad part of this ” record” and other passing records that will be broken is that it will be also be done by average QB’s as well as the handful of elite QB’s playing the game. I dont bat an eye at Newton, Fitzpatrick, Dalton throwing for over 400 yards because I guess I fell if throwing it 40 times a game .. you should have that much yardage !! Why bother running the ball if the league is going to make it so easy to throw it …. sucks.

  20. rc33 says: Oct 7, 2011 12:49 PM

    It’ll be tougher for Brady & Rodgers to break to late season cold & wind.
    Besides, those two offenses will likely be trying to balance things out (establish the run more) as the post season approaches.

  21. capslockkey says: Oct 7, 2011 12:54 PM

    So in other words, Marino is saying “none of these guys are as good as I was, they’ll simply break the record because of rule changes and it becoming a passing league.”

    Can’t say I disagree with him really.

  22. omegalh says: Oct 7, 2011 12:56 PM

    The running game will make a come back. All these small corners and safeties now…someone will create a big fat running game to create a mismatch.

  23. jackfnburton says: Oct 7, 2011 12:56 PM

    Dan, they may break your records, but they’ll never look so sweet in a pair of Isotoner Gloves.

    And for those who knock Marino for being one of the most prolific passers in history yet not winning a Super Bowl, I have this question:

    Tell us…what are YOUR accomplishments?

  24. ewill27 says: Oct 7, 2011 1:04 PM

    yeah Marino… kinda like how you threw it more than anyone? more yards… more attempts… more picks than anyone when you retired?

  25. das14 says: Oct 7, 2011 1:06 PM

    Shoot to Thrill , Play to kill
    I got my gun at the ready , gonna fire at will!!!!

  26. pilot2011 says: Oct 7, 2011 1:06 PM

    Brady, Rodgers, and Brees have all thrown the ball more times than Cam Newton… Yall need to stop saying “well if Cam wasn’t throwing the ball so much” blah blah blah… show some respect, the kid is legit.

    add in the rushing yards and rushing td’s this kid is putting up, there’s no reason he won’t be looking at MVP votes with brady, rodgers, and johnson at the end of the season.

  27. grimmlock42 says: Oct 7, 2011 1:12 PM

    Marino is still my favorite quarterback of all time. He could put the ball on a receiver with his eyes closed. He could come outta retirement right now and still smoke alot of these QB’s in the NFL. Records may not last forever, but legends will never be die.

  28. cactitle says: Oct 7, 2011 1:14 PM

    Forget his passing record. Helping save that dolphin in Ace Ventura Pet detective…Not one of those quarterbacks could top that!

  29. boover3 says: Oct 7, 2011 1:14 PM

    This is one record i hope Aaron doesn’t get, yet. I would love to see more of James Starks moving the chains…

  30. gregggrammarrosenthal says: Oct 7, 2011 1:15 PM

    Deb says:
    Oct 7, 2011 12:30 PM
    And? We all know football has become an aerial extravaganza. Personally, I prefer a more balanced offensive attack with a lot of smashmouth running. But what difference does all this yardage really make to anyone but fantasy fans? Maybe I’m wrong, but I’d be willing to bet Marino would trade some of that yardage for a ring. And I’ll be surprised if more than a couple of the guys on that list are serious contenders for the Lombardi at season’s end.

    ***********

    Is Ben Roesthlisberger on that list?

  31. pilot2011 says: Oct 7, 2011 1:19 PM

    and, if it weren’t for a Charlotte rain storm that dumped 7 inches of rain during the Jacksonville game, one could assume Newton would have thrown for more than 150 yards.

  32. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Oct 7, 2011 1:21 PM

    Fact of the matter is that Dan played the game when it was 10 times harder to put up big yards. I will never see a qb passing record this year as the same as Dan Marino. While it will be impressive no doubt, its not the same and shouldn’t be talked about the same way. Different times require different record books. Either way i’m still very excited to see these guys put up big yards!!

  33. das14 says: Oct 7, 2011 1:21 PM

    Oct 7, 2011 1:06 PM
    Shoot to Thrill , Play to kill
    I got my gun at the ready , gonna fire at will!!!!

    ——————–
    I should explain before the FBI comes to my house and arrests me. It’s an AC/DC song.

  34. dspohn55 says: Oct 7, 2011 1:23 PM

    Rest assured, Dan. It doesn’t mean as much if a half dozen guys do it

  35. Deb says: Oct 7, 2011 1:25 PM

    jackfnburton says:

    And for those who knock Marino for being one of the most prolific passers in history yet not winning a Super Bowl, I have this question: Tell us…what are YOUR accomplishments?

    ————————————————
    It’s not a knock to say I bet Dan would trade some of those yards for a ring. It’s a simple truth. Ask him. Personally, I think it’s a shame he and Kelly left the game without a championship. And your question is silly. I’m proud of my accomplishments in my field. But what does that have to do with whether the overemphasis on passing in 2011 is beneficial to the game, or more likely to result in a championship than a balanced attack?

  36. freebird2011 says: Oct 7, 2011 1:31 PM

    Finkel is Einhorn.

    Einhorn is Finkel.

  37. Scott says: Oct 7, 2011 1:32 PM

    Dan Marino should die of gonorrhea and rot in hell.

  38. bullcharger says: Oct 7, 2011 1:33 PM

    Marino broke set that record in 1984, his first full season as a starter. That’s impressive. 84-86 he was crazy good, then he was still good after that, but not exceptional.

  39. grandpoopah says: Oct 7, 2011 1:44 PM

    This is like the steroids era of baseball. The rules are so absurd now that any records that are broken should come with an asterisk.

  40. shallowfan says: Oct 7, 2011 1:48 PM

    Records are all relative to the time the game is played…Just like boxoffice records for movies…prices keep changing so of course movies are going to gross more…the rules keep changing so some records are going to be broken be default pretty much…wait until an 18 game schedule and see all of the records go down the tubes.

  41. golonger says: Oct 7, 2011 1:50 PM

    massappeal12345 – exactly..which shows why a comparison between Brady and Manning is ridiculous….If Brady played in a dome and warm weather 90% of the time like Manning…

    …also…the fact that a rookie can come in and be on pace to break the record shows you something..

    …..the fact that defensive backs are faster now is irrelevant. they also cannot blanket receivers like they used to 20 years ago…..

  42. golonger says: Oct 7, 2011 1:51 PM

    fin72 – no marino is not the greatest pure passer in history…sorry!

  43. lgbarn says: Oct 7, 2011 1:58 PM

    I can understand why people are upset with all the rule changes but it had to happen. People are tired of seeing their legends slobbering after their playing days are over and more to the point, the NFL had to do something to combat the growing lawsuit threats. It’s not all Goodell’s fault.

  44. goawayeverybody says: Oct 7, 2011 2:03 PM

    Sure, four or five guys COULD break the record, but only one WILL and that man is Drew Brees.

    You can write it down.

  45. detroitrollin22 says: Oct 7, 2011 2:26 PM

    STAFFORD TO MEGATRON…..TOUCHDOWN

    Johnson- 80 catches, 1250 yards, 24 Tds

  46. freewayjim says: Oct 7, 2011 2:32 PM

    miamarino says:
    Oct 7, 2011 12:29 PM
    If Dan Marino (in his prime) played with today’s rules that favor offenses, his numbers would be unheard of. He played at a time when defenses could basically mug receivers downfield & nothing would be called. Now, you so much as look at a receiver the wrong way & its a penalty.
    —————————————————
    Not historically accurate.

    That rule change was made between the 1977 and 1978 season. You started seeing 4,000 passers regularly in 1979 so Marino basically played with similar rules to what we have today.

    What Marino didn’t play with are 4-5 WR sets and empty backfields on a consistent basis. It was a big deal to go 3-Wide on anything other than 3rd down back then and the TE was always on the field.

  47. cactitle says: Oct 7, 2011 2:38 PM

    Very nice freebird2011

    [Lt. Einhorn is pointing a gun at Ace’s head]

    Ace Ventura: [begging] Please don’t kill me. I’ll never tell anyone. Kill him, he’s the one you want.
    Dan Marino: No, no kill him.
    Ace Ventura: No kill him. He held the ball wrong, remember? Come on, look at the guy.
    [Lt. Einhorne shoots into the air]
    Dan Marino: Cry-baby.
    Ace Ventura: Jock.
    Dan Marino: Whimp.
    Ace Ventura: Muscle-head.
    Lois Einhorn: SHUT UP.

  48. freewayjim says: Oct 7, 2011 2:39 PM

    Let’s get real here people, Marino played in a “passing” era.

    In 1980 Dan Fouts had 4,715 yards and in 1981 he had 4,802 yards passing

    In the strike Shortened 1982 season Fouts had 2,883 yards in 9 GAMES!!!!! that comes out to 5,125 over a 16 game season and that was BEFORE Marino’s record breaking season.

    Really, some of you should look things up before you post.

  49. vomitingliberals says: Oct 7, 2011 2:40 PM

    Today’s NFL is fast becoming a watered-down, sissified league. Dan Marino did what he did when men were men. Nuff’ said. His record will stand in my mind regardless of what comes. The NFL needs to tighten up the free reign it has given to QBs. Find some middle ground that benefits, at least in small part, the DBs. Otherwise the record books are tainted and RBs might become a thing of the past. If THAT happens, I’m done with the NFL!

  50. Deb says: Oct 7, 2011 3:06 PM

    gregggrammarrosenthal says:

    Deb says:
    Maybe I’m wrong, but I’d be willing to bet Marino would trade some of that yardage for a ring. And I’ll be surprised if more than a couple of the guys on that list are serious contenders for the Lombardi at season’s end.

    ***********

    Is Ben Roesthlisberger on that list?

    —————————————

    No. Did you see his name in the article? Let me help you. Here’s the quote:

    “Actually, six quarterbacks are currently on pace to break Marino’s record: Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Tony Romo.”
    :roll:

  51. bayoubauer says: Oct 7, 2011 3:30 PM

    pilot2011 says:
    Oct 7, 2011 1:06 PM
    Brady, Rodgers, and Brees have all thrown the ball more times than Cam Newton… Yall need to stop saying “well if Cam wasn’t throwing the ball so much” blah blah blah… show some respect, the kid is legit.

    add in the rushing yards and rushing td’s this kid is putting up, there’s no reason he won’t be looking at MVP votes with brady, rodgers, and johnson at the end of the season.

    Seriously? He can put up all the yards, tds he wants, and odds are they’ll still be the worst team in the division. You’re delusional if you think he’ll get any mvp votes.

  52. bullcharger says: Oct 7, 2011 3:42 PM

    Marino was great, but he was a lot like Peyton Manning was before he lost to the Steelers and then figured out how to win the following year. Manning cared about how he won… had to be passing the ball, had to force it in. It was all about him. Then he figured out he couldn’t do it by himself. Marino never did figure that out.

  53. deconjonesbitchslap says: Oct 7, 2011 3:43 PM

    Marino’s will always be more impressive because back in the 80’s and 90’s, you were allowed to hit receivers. now, if you touch one, you get flagged. Marino set his record when the game wasn’t set up for passing only.

  54. obamasballsack says: Oct 7, 2011 4:10 PM

    Marino is ringless. Why should anyone listen to him. Reggie Bush got a ring before him and plays on his team now. Nuff said!

  55. freewayjim says: Oct 7, 2011 4:24 PM

    deconjonesbitchslap says:
    Oct 7, 2011 3:43 PM
    Marino’s will always be more impressive because back in the 80′s and 90′s, you were allowed to hit receivers. now, if you touch one, you get flagged. Marino set his record when the game wasn’t set up for passing only.
    ——————————————-
    More historical ignorance, smh.

  56. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Oct 7, 2011 5:18 PM

    To watch those games bow you certainly see more contact downfield and of course headshots which changed the routes quite a bit. It was certainly transitioning from 3 yards and a cloud of dust offenses to the more modern game. The refs were absolutely more lenient on DB contact. Very hard to get a pass interference call. And of course late hits on qb’s were not enforced as often.

  57. olcap says: Oct 7, 2011 6:04 PM

    C’mon Dan, the amount of passing that you did would easily surpass most, if not all of the QBs in the game today. Dan Fouts, would too, to a slightly lesser degree.

  58. bahzeal says: Oct 7, 2011 6:42 PM

    do. not. care. kudos to the eventual record holder. but seriously, stat obsession is so. boring.

  59. axespray says: Oct 7, 2011 7:15 PM

    People complaining about the Passing Game becoming “The” thing were probably related to the first people complaining about gunpowder or bows & arrows.

    It’s just the evolution of the sport…
    Football is strategy along with guts, I’m sure a Spartan would say Wars/battles now are “soft.”

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