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Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:38 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 11:46 pm
 
Brees needed just 16 games to surpass Marino's mark of 5,084 passing yards in a season. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

There was a time early in Drew Brees' NFL career when he was benched for Doug Flutie. It happened in 2003, his third year in the league, back in San Diego when he played for head coach Marty Schottenheimer. Two years later, Brees injured his throwing shoulder during a meaningless late-season game, a few months after that he was a free agent with an uncertain future, and by 2006 he was the Saints' starting quarterback.

And now Brees has broken Dan Marino's single-season passing record. He needed 305 yards to reach the 5,085-yard milestone, one more than Marino had for the entire 1984 season.

Brees became the official record holder in the fourth quarter of Monday night's Week 16 game against the Falcons. It came on a second-down play from the Falcons' 9-yard line. Fittingly, it was a touchdown pass, Brees' fourth of the game, and it gave New Orleans a 45-16 lead. The game was stopped temporarily to honor Brees' accomplishment. A New Orleans victory will clinch the NFC South. (They'll earn the No. 2 seed in the NFC with a victory next Sunday and a loss by the 49ers.)

This isn't the first time Brees has made a run at Marino. He finished 2008 with 5,069 yards, 15 yards shy of Marino's record.

"We talked about it after the '08 season," Brees said last week according to Nola.com. "And at the time it was kind of just like, OK, we made our run at it, and the chances of that happening again are probably really, really slim."

Saints head coach Sean Payton was asked if Marino's longstanding record was a surprise.

"I don't know that anything really surprises you," he said last Thursday. "Our game has evolved. I think you're seeing very good quarterback play, which is exciting. I think you're seeing over the last 20 years colleges who throw the ball much more effectively; all the way to the high school level, and that's carried over to our game in a number of ways. Typically, I think, these records in our league all get broken, and some of them just have a longer shelf life than others."

Coming into Monday night, Brees averaged 341 passing yards, 2.6 touchdowns and 0.8 interceptions per game this season. He's failed to throw for at least 300 yards just three times. Prior to his arrival, New Orleans was coming off a 3-13 season and the city and region were still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. Since 2006, the Saints are 55-39 (.585 winning percentage), have made three playoff appearances (four if you include this season), and won the Super Bowl in 2009.

Marino was 23 years old when broke Dan Fouts' record (4,802 set in 1981). He threw 48 touchdowns and 17 interceptions that year, and led the Dolphins to the Super Bowl where they lost to the 49ers, 38-16.

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Comments

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 11:50 pm
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

What just happened with this Dallas game.  Did the Cowboy's practice, were they aware they had to play the Gaint's.  Really, to me Dallas was under the impression, they were there to watch the Gaint's play. The Gaint's came to steal the cookie and did they went up and down the field without oppossition.  I don't know but for my quarter i expected more of a fight.  If i did not know better i would accuse Dallas of throwing the game.  They played with a lack of vim.  Well the world saw it i'm not going to beat a dead horse, to bad the Gaints didn't feel that way about the Cowboy.



Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

I want to see a Brady and Rodgers Superbowl.  Wow that would be an aureole of passing attacks by the NFL' best two football field Generals. A-Rod with nerves of steel and the ability to empose his will on defensive secondaries.  His art of knowing what to do no matter what the defense does to try and my him faulter.  Then there is ice cold brady with his smack you in the mouth never relenting all sector accuracy attack.  The pair are great grid iron predators that love to rip off the helmets off the enemy and throw a football down their necks.  Yea i would love to see Rodgers and Brady Superbowl for my New Year present. That would be the best grid iron match up to ever grace this sorry planet.  Im just sayin!  What a crime.



Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:24 pm
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

The saint's played to kill, and the win followed.  The Falcons played like they were trying not to kill and the loss followed.  A lack of player will and the perception of no leadership was obvious. Given, the calls were retarding and unfair but even then a team must man up through unfairness.  The calls favored the home team, but we did not play to kill and we got mutted to the 5th degree. I'm a Falcon 4 life, but C'MON MAN! play off's play off's don't talk to me a'bout play off's that was the standard for our outcome in the play off's.  Final thing and i'm a fan play soft, lose hard ya'll best man up!



Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark




Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

Hey Oldie 71, This America not Kentucky I say what I please and that is that the changing of the call in the endzone. Changed history not takin any thing from Drew Brees who in my world is the best quarterback playing even better than Rodgers.  But that call gave them a continuation to play, we the Falcons should have had the ball and to points and we will never what that concept would been and if the record would have been broke on us. 




Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

Look Brees lover, the fact is the refs let the play slide we should have had the ball and two points and the outcome may have been different,as far as time on the clock and record being broke while beating the brakes off the Cons.  I feel glad for brees and his feat.  The only fact is that you are stuck on stupid just like the ref that cheated. Yea! The Saint beat the game and good but that call and or change of  the call was Ref  help in my opinion. Now run yo mouth!  Go Falcons



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

Ordie I have more of a problemwiuth how he eclipsed the record. There were times when the coaches kept him in just to keep piling up yards for the record. It is the same thing with the TD record. TheRam game is a perfect example. Sean Payton openly acknowledged the only reason brees was still in a lopsided game 3 minutes left was to try to get a TD pass and keep his streak alive. That along with running up scores whike passing in the fourth quarter to me tarnishes a record and puts an individual accomplishment ahead of the team. I will say it again Drew Brees is one of the best in the last decade and should be applauded the guy can play. He deserves any accolades he gets. He is also a great competitor and role model.



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

PUP - That's exactly what I've been trying to say all along!  Good job!




Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

mmac30 you're absolutely right about Marino's accomplisments in his era!  This is a pass happy league but the plays still have to be made no matter who the receiver is or the guy calling the plays or the QB.  What I'm saying is if it's not that big of a deal that Brees broke the record then it should have been broken a long time ago.  Not many QBs have hit the 5,000 yard mark at all.  Brees has done it twice in his career!  It's his now regardless!  Congrats to Drew and the Saints!  Who Dat!



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

By the logic I hear so many use in regard to Marino and Brees, then what is the point of even keeping records? It seems if a record has held for so many years, then any one breaking it is to have their record diminished due to factors beyond their control. And how can you compare? Yes, rules may have changed, but I dare say the defensive backs are faster, jump higher, and use far more sophisticated plans than in the past. Not to mention that Brees is also now the ONLY QB to throw for 5000 yards for 2 seasons! And frankly, I dare say had Miami had the sort of talented receivers, and a QB with the talent of Brees, who is to say they would not have been passing even more?


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