In case you needed yet another reminder that this is the Age of the Quarterback, NFL.com’s milestone tracker has you covered. Long gone are the days where a 4,000-passing-yard season was a career-defining feat. It only being Week 4 aside, an astonishing 20 quarterbacks are on pace for at least 3,800 yards, 18 of whom are on track for 4,000 and three pacing 5,000. Here are some more factoids from the list:
Five QBs would finish in the top 10 passing seasons of all-time.
Right now the No. 10 season all-time is Matt Schaub’s 2009 campaign (4,770 yards). Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Joe Flacco, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger are all on pace to surpass that mark.
Three QBs would finish with over 5,000 yards (Brees could top 5,500, maybe).
The amount of 5,000-yard seasons increased by 150 percent in 2011 when 1984 Dan Marino and 2008 Brees got some company from Tom Brady, Matt Stafford and 2011 Brees. Three more (Brees, Manning, Flacco) would join the club this season, tripling the total over the last two years. Startlingly, Brees is on pace for 5,400, and with a few monster games, could reach the 5,500-yard plateau. Thats 343.75 yards in the air per game. Holy moly.
Four rookies are on the list.
In descending order, Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill, Robert Griffin III and Brandon Weeden are all on pace for 4,000 (Weeden is on pace for 3,988, but what’s 12 yards?). Russell Wilson is the only rookie QB who started Week 1 not on track for the 4,000-yard milestone. Remember when quarterbacks needed a few years to learn and adjust to the league (read: any QB drafted before Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco)? Good times.
It’s only Week 4. It’s only Week 4. It’s only Week 4. That can’t be stated enough. Did I mention it’s only Week 4? Good. These numbers are going to change, and it’s highly improbable 20 quarterbacks will finish the season with 4,000 yards. Brandon Weeden and Ryan Tannehill won’t have the tools at their disposal to keep up the pace for 12 more games. Matt Cassel might not even be starting quarterback for the Chiefs by the end of the year. Still, you could make a case for most of these guys hitting the milestone.
In conclusion, stop trying to use your over-performing backup fantasy quarterback as trade bait. Everyone’s in the same over-saturated boat.
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