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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 "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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Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:30 pm

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

Ordie the game is just much different now than back in the early 80s. Marino threw for all those yards on 564 attempts while his running game had 484 rushes while playing all his home games outside in the elements and before all the turf fields wherein place then during a time where you could lock up recievers. Brees did it while throwing 64 passes and his running game 396 attempts while playing half his games in optiimal conditions. Brees is a great quaterback no doubt one of the top three in the game today. But his statistics and success are just also a huge part of the system he plays in and the way Payton calls his plays while having no problem running up the score.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:27 pm

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

Dieonda50 - What the hell are you talking about!  They punted after that non-call!  That play did not have any affect on the record at all!  Get you facts right before you run your mouth!

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:20 pm

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

Congrats to Drew Brees... I hate to see Dan's record broken, but we live in a pass-happy era and it was inevitable... be it by Brees, Rodgers or Brady or Manning.  I don't really have a problem with the Saints keeping him in to go for the record, I cannot believe Atlanta really is complaining about that... looks like these two teams might be playing again in two weeks with more at stake, that should be good.

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:19 pm

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

It's all good and big up's to Brees, but the call the was changed or over ruled allowed the Saint's to continue the drive.  Now we know that there can't be holding on a screen play in the end zone.  Yea you got Danny boys record, but with an asterick for Ref aided.  Your good very good, but that ref made it possible with crimminal call. 

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:18 am

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

WOW cry some more people!  I'm sure Drew Brees is really broke up about loosing your respect!  Brees broke the record at the end of the game when the Falcons had no chance to win!  So freakin what!  All the Falcons had to do was stop them and we wouldn't be having this conversation at all! 

If breaking the record was so much easier for Brees, Why wasn't it done sooner?  Marino was great and played when defenses could knock the snot out of you with out a flag being thrown and that's freakin awesome!  Now we are in a pass happy league but the play still has to be made!  Defenses are faster and the qb still has to make the throw and the wr has to make the catch so it really doesn't matter what era the qb played in!

Oh and I love the coments about Rodgers not wanting to throw td passes when the game is out of hand!  Whatever!!!

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:10 am
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Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:55 am

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

This is a meaningless record in fact one that bith Brees and Payton should be ashamed. Running up 62 points on the Colts and continuing to throw late in games in blowouts against teams like the Giants and Vikings is disgusting. It will end when someone takes a late hit on Brees that ends the season for him. I am surprised it hasnt happened yet. the Colt game was a complete disgrace as they were still passing in the fourth. Marino NEVER did that.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:09 am

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

passing record no big deal these days.
marino played in an era when defenses, especially pass defense was allowed to be played and he did it with no running game and outdoors.
no disputing brees is an outstanding qb, but this record is really no big deal these days.
marino's still the man in my mind.

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:48 am

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

Yea, this is not like the steroid debacle of baseball, but do take a look at the 1984 stat book.  Only 3 QBs threw for more than 4000 that year.  This year, we will most likely have 10.  The game has become more passing oriented, so it was bound to happen sooner or later.  I'm happy for Brees, but at the same time (whether because of rules changes, the excitement of the passing game, etc) he had an easier time getting there than Marino.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:44 am

Brees breaks Marino's single-season passing mark

 I have no problem with Brees going for the record on that play. Anyone that didn't care The way Brady threw all over the field 4 quarters a game even with huge leads back in 07 to get his TD pass record has nothing to say here. This was one game against a rival. If Rodgers really wanted he could have smashed Brady's TD record but again last night came out early with 5 Td's already thrown and has come out very early in multiple games this yearin games he could have easily poured it on. Records are made to be broken. Congratulations Drew Brees!!!

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