Matthew Stafford doesn’t want to think about possibly throwing for 6,000 yards

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The NFL has added a seventeenth game. That will put plenty of full-season records at risk.

It also puts a new frontier in play for quarterbacks: 6,000 yards.

“I don’t even want to think about that number,” Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford told reporters on Tuesday regarding the possibility of someone parlaying an extra game into 3.4 miles of passing yards. “That’s crazy. I’m sure somebody will. I don’t know who led the league in passing last year, but I bet it’ll happen.”

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson led the league last year, with 4,823. A seventeenth game at that rate would have become 5,124.

Peyton Manning set the single-season record in 2013, with 5,477 yards. An extra game at that rate would have pushed the record to 5,819.

So it’s hardly a given that someone will get to 6,000 yards, because no one has ever generated a full-season pace that would have resulted in 6,000 yards. That’s 353 yards per game, for 17 games.

So can Stafford, who has a 5,000-yard season and another one that got close to 5,000, get to 6,000?

“I don’t know, maybe,” he said. “But I don’t care if it is or not. I just want to win.”

That’s the right approach, especially since it may be a awhile before anyone gets to 6,000 yards. (By typing those words, I realize that I’ve basically guaranteed that it will happen this year. And that Stafford probably will do it.)

7 responses to “Matthew Stafford doesn’t want to think about possibly throwing for 6,000 yards

  1. 353 yards a game for 17 games. That’s a lot. Especially considering that one of those games is against my Ravens, who arguably have the best secondary in the NFL. They also play the Bucs.

    Not gonna happen

  2. For a quarterback to get that milestone, there would have to be something fundamentally below average with the rest of the team.

  3. The Rams offense is best when it is running the ball efficiently. If they can get running the ball Stafford should be far closer to 4K yards and they will be winning games.

  4. For a quarterback to get that milestone, there would have to be something fundamentally wrong with the rest of the team.

  5. I think we can expect a 6,000 yard passer in the near future as the rules keep getting changed to make it easier on QBs. When Marino did it in 84 everyone was in awe. It took 24 years for another QB to do it. Since then 7 QBs have gone over 5000 with Brees doing it 5 times.

  6. Well he would be one of the very few who could.

    He has an absolute cannon of an arm, and was the youngest to reach 30k, and 40k yards

    A lot would depend on him staying healthy though

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