In 1984 Dan Marino, playing in just his second season in the NFL, set the single season passing record with 5,084 yards. Right now with just four games remaining in the season there are three NFL quarterbacks who are on pace to break that record. A rookie quarterback who was just off the pace has faded while a veteran quarterback has pulled up and now is also close to Marino's NFL record.
The Record Holder
Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins, 1984, 16 games, 5,084 yards, 317.75 yards/game (yds/gm) average.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, 2011, 12 games played, 4,031 yards, 335.9 yds/gm, on pace for 5,374 yards.
Remaining Games: @Titans, @Vikings, Falcons, Panthers.
Tom Brady, New England Patriots, 2011, 12 games played, 3,916 yards, 326.3 yds/gm, on pace for 5,220 yards.
Remaining Games: @Redskins, @Broncos, Dolphins, Bills.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, 2011, 12 games played, 3,844 yards, 320.3 yds/gm, on pace for 5,125 yards.
Remaining Games: Raiders, @Chiefs, Bears, Lions.
Making a Move on the Outside - just off the pace
Eli Manning, New York Giants, 2011, 12 games played, 3,705 yards, 308.8 yds/gm, on pace for 4,941 yards.
Remaining Games: @Cowboys, Redskins, @Jets, Cowboys.
The Rookie - fallen off the pace
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, 2011, 12 games played, 3,297 yards, 274.8 yds/gm, on pace for 4,397 yards.
Remaining Games: Falcons, @Texans, Bucs, @Saints.