Five quarterbacks (Romo, Brees, Rivers, Newton, Brady) currently are on pace to shatter the single-season passing yardage record, set by Dan Marino in 1984. Two more (Hasselbeck, Rodgers) are on pace to come close to matching it. But it’s not just the best quarterbacks who are having solid years. Under the official passer rating (i.e., the thing ESPN desperately wants to re-invent), most quarterbacks have performed well through two weeks.
Nine have passer ratings north of 100. Another six are on the right side of 90. (That’s nearly half the league.)
The next 10 quarterbacks have a passer rating above 80. As to the final seven starters, all but two come in above the mythical Kordoza Line, which reflects the career passer rating of up-and-down NFL quarterback Kordell Stewart.
It’s a huge difference from last year. Through two weeks of the 2010 season, 10 quarterbacks fell short of Stewart’s 70.7. (We’d actually pushed it down to 70.0; we now may need to push it up higher.)
This year, only two starters have passer ratings under 70.7: Matt Cassel (50.4) and Luke McCown (30.6). One of those two guys may no longer be a starter.
Moving forward, it’ll be interesting to see whether the defenses catch up. If they don’t, plenty of records could fall this year.