It's gonna be a passing league for a number of years now, whether you like it or not. Running backs are becoming far less valuable and the biggest trend right now is big receiving tight ends. Brady had two huge, undefendable targets, and Brees had Graham who accounted for 24% of his yards
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Yeah and Stafford, the other 5000 yard guy, had Megatron. Nuff said there, really.
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The Niners certainly have a chance, but I have a hard time seeing a team winning a Super Bowl without an elite Quartebrack.
I don't think an elite quarterback is needed as much as a great defense is. If you happen to have both though, you've struck gold.
End result is that defenses, and especially secondaries are at a disadvantage and have to shy off a bit, translating into ridiculous passing games.
This, by the way, is not an assessment of any individual quarterback. I acknowledge that there are quarterbacks who can achieve 5000 yards on their talent, but the system overall is tailored in favor of the QBs and WRs at the moment.
Here are some noteworthy points that show the difference between Marino's NFL and Brees' (taken from this article)
-in 1984, Marino's record year, only two quarterbacks threw for 4000 yards; no one else passed 3800
-in 2011, ten QBs will have thrown for 4000 yards; six for 4500+; and 3 for 5000+
-in 1984, five QBs attempted 500 passes
-in 2011, at least 10 have done so (3 have eclipsed 600 attempts)
that shows disparity, any way you want to slice it muchacho