Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:02 AM
QB stats have really gotten silly. The single season TD record isn't really a big deal...at least, not like it was when Marino did it (when his 48 and 44 TD seasons were off-the-charts). Look at the three highest totals since Marino's 48. Peyton's always been a bit of a stat-whore (he'll throw for 2 and 3 yard TDs in obvious running situations...he was especially guilty of that during his 49 TD-season with the Colts), and Brady's 50-TD performance was a result of shameless running-it-up in games that had often been decided by the third quarter, if not halftime. Denver's 2013 D was at least bad enough that the offense needed to put up a lot of points in their games (though they had a little of the '07 Patriot run-it-up in them)...the 2007 Pats did not.
I think everyone's brains are still trying to re-train themselves, as far as how to read QB numbers in this new, inflated-scoring era. It's actually pretty hard to put up truly awful numbers anymore...almost every QBs' numbers look at least respectable at first glance, if you're thinking 80s-90s-even early 2000s criteria for what constitutes a "good" season. (This makes Manning's and Flacco's years look even worse).
And yeah, re: 4000 being the new 3000...it seems like the better QBs who don't throw for 4000+ these days can run it as well, which obviously stops them from putting up 4000+. But I remember when 4000 yards was the mark of a prolific passing offense.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 07 January 2014 - 08:03 AM.
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