Last season Drew Brees shattered Dan Marino’s single season yardage record of 5,084 by throwing for 5,476-yards, eclipsing the old mark by almost 8%. In a Mark McGwire-Sammy Sosa like season, Tom Brady also surpassed Marino in 2011, throwing for 5,235-yards.
With a 225-yard performance on Saturday night, Calvin Johnson surpassed Jerry Rice’s single season receiving yardage mark of 1,848. With 1,892 yards on the season and one game left to go, Johnson is just 108-yards shy of a previously unthinkable 2,000 yards on the season.
Coming into Sunday, Adrian Peterson now has 1,812-yards rushing and with two game to go is just 294-yards away from Eric Dickerson’s all-time mark of 2,105.
Where the hell are all the defenses? Where are the 1976 Steelers defenses of the game? The 1985 Bears, the 2000 Ravens? The ’71 Vikings, the ’62 Packers, the ’90 Giants…
All these great individual offensive performances are great for Fantasy Football participants, but is it good for the game? It would appear to me that much of the offensive production we see today is a result of rule changes in an effort to protect the quarterback, running backs and receivers. Would Mike Singletary have let Megatron run free across the middle on his record breaking catch last night without planting him into the turf? The closest person to Johnson when he made his record-breaking catch may have been me, and I was watching on TV! Would Brees or Brady have been able to throw for more than 5,000 yards if defenders were able to put their hands on receivers running their routs like the old days? Right now, if you look at a receiver the wrong way after 5-yards, a yellow flag comes out. What about if the quarterbacks new that they were going to get buried even a second or two after they released the ball? And how about the running backs? Would Adrian Peterson be able to have so many yards after contact if he had to be concerned with getting hit by a defender that didn’t have to worry about bringing him to the ground in such a way that would cause a penalty and a likely fine?
Penalties and fines are now being doled out across the league for hitting both too high and too low. What’s next, flags and fines for hitting someone in the mid-section? I can see it now, “Personal Foul, 15-yards. The defender lined the ball carrier up and intentionally hit him square across the waist-line…”
All these new offensive records make nice headlines, sell more jerseys and make Fantasy Football more appealing, but they don’t impress me. They are all fugazy. Bring back the good old days of blocking and tackling.