2011 - Year of the Passer
While Brees' shattering of Dan Marino's passing yards made headlines, it wasnt the only passer record shattered in 2011. Without a doubt, this season will go down in the record books as the year of the passer:
2 -- 500-yard passing games in the 2011 season: Tom Brady (517) in Week 1 at Miami; Matthew Stafford (520) in Week 17 at Green Bay. NFL quarterbacks topped 500 yards in a game just 10 times from 1920 to 2010.
2 -- Passers who topped 5,000 yards through the air in the NFL's first 91 seasons: Dan Marino (5,084) in 1984 and Drew Brees (5,069) in 2008.
3 -- Passers who topped 5,000 yards through the air in the 2011 season: Brees (5,476), Brady (5,235) and Stafford (5,038). Eli Manning (4,933) fell just 67 yards of the 5,000-yard milestone, giving the 2011 season four of the six most prolific passing performances in NFL history.
3 -- Quarterbacks who topped 40 touchdown passes in 2011: Brees (46), Aaron Rodgers (45) and Stafford (41). Brady fell just one TD shy of joining the list.
4 -- Number of teams that ran the ball more often than they passed it in 2011. Three of those four teams won their divisions: Houston, Denver and San Francisco (the lone exception was Jacksonville). In 1978, every NFL team ran the ball more than they passed it.
5 -- Quarterbacks who topped 40 touchdown passes in an NFL season from 1920 to 2010.
6 -- Touchdown passes thrown by Green Bay backup QB Matt Flynn in the season finale against the Lions, a franchise record -- no small feat for an organization that boasts three Hall of Fame QBs (Arnie Herber, Bart Starr, Brett Favre) and the reigning Super Bowl MVP (Rodgers). Flynn's 480 passing yards are also a franchise record.
6-6 -- Record of teams when their quarterback passes for 500 yards or more, including a 1-1 mark in 2011. Brady's Patriots beat the Dolphins in Week 1; Stafford's Lions lost to the Packers in Week 17.
7 -- League-leading interceptions by New England's Kyle Arrington, Green Bay's Charles Woodson and San Diego's Eric Weddle, tied for the fewest INTs to lead the NFL since the 10-game season of 1940.
17 -- Number of touchdown receptions by Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, shattering the record for the position (13 by Vernon Davis and Antonio Gates). Only four wide receivers in history hauled in more TD passes in a season than tight end Gronkowski totaled in 2011.
22.2 -- Points per game scored by the average NFL team in 2011 (teams averaged 34 passes, 27 rushes).
23.1 -- Points per game scored by the average NFL team in 1965 (teams averaged 28 passes, 31 rushes).
23.2 -- Points per game scored by the average NFL team in the leather-helmet season of 1948, a record (teams averaged 26 passes, 38 rushes).
28 -- League-leading touchdowns thrown by Pittsburgh quarterback Terry Bradshaw in 1978, the first season of the Live Ball Era. Seven quarterbacks equaled or surpassed that mark in 2011.
33.1 -- Pittsburgh's Defensive Passer Rating in the Dead Ball Era season of 1973, the toughest pass defense in the post-World War II NFL. DPR is a Cold, Hard Football Facts Quality Stat that applies the formula used to rate quarterbacks to pass defense.
36 -- Record for TD passes, shared by Y.A. Tittle of the NFL's Giants (1963), and George Blanda of the AFL's Oilers (1961), when Dan Marino tossed 48 TDs in 1984. Four quarterbacks surpassed 36 TD passes in 2011 alone.
48.4 -- Tampa Bay's Defensive Passer Rating in 2002, the toughest pass defense of the Live Ball Era.
68.8 -- Baltimore's league-best Defensive Passer Rating in 2011. Only one team in history led the league with a Defensive Passer Rating that was worse: the 2007 Chargers (70.0).
71.2 -- Completion percentage by Brees in 2011, breaking his own record for accuracy set in 2009 (70.6 percent).
76.6 -- League-wide passer rating in 2003, the season before the NFL decided to "re-emphasize" the rules restricting contact by defenders against wide receivers.
84.1 -- League-wide passer rating in 2010, an NFL record.
84.3 -- League-wide passer rating in 2011, a new NFL record.
107.6 -- Minnesota's Defensive Passer Rating, worst in the NFL in 2011 and the second-worst pass defense in NFL history.
110.9 -- Worst Defensive Passer Rating in NFL history, set by the 0-16 Lions of 2008.
122 -- Catches by New England receiver Wes Welker in 2011, tops in the NFL, one shy of his career high set in 2009 and fourth-most in NFL history.
122.5 -- Passer rating in 2011 by Green Bay's Rodgers, a single-season record for passing efficiency.
468 -- Completions by Brees in 2011, breaking the record of 450 set by Peyton Manning in 2010.
506 -- Total interceptions in 17,411 pass attempts in 2011 -- an INT rate of 2.9 percent.
562 -- Total interceptions in 9,786 pass attempts in 1977, last year of the Dead Ball Era -- an INT rate of 5.7 percent.
1,310 -- Receiving yards by Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, second-most in the history of the position.
1,327 -- Receiving yards by Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, most in the history of the position.
1,536 -- Receiving yards by New York Giants wideout Victor Cruz, a franchise record.
1,569 -- Receiving yards by New England's Welker, a franchise record.
1,681 -- NFL-best receiving yards by Detroit wideout Calvin Johnson in 2011, No. 7 on the single-season list, and five shy of the franchise record set by Herman Moore in 1995.
4,402 -- Total passing yards on both sides of the ball in Green Bay's Super Bowl-winning season of 1967 (2,758 - 1,644).
4,751 -- Record for most pass yards allowed in a single season (1995 Falcons) entering the 2011 season.
4,988 -- Record number of pass yards surrendered by the 15-1 Packers in 2011.
6,880 -- Total passing yards on both sides of the ball in Green Bay's Super Bowl-winning season of 1996 (3,938 - 2,942).
7,136 -- Total passing yards on both sides of the ball in New England's Super Bowl-winning season of 2003
10,149 -- Total passing yards on both sides of the ball in Green Bay games in 2011 (5,161 - 4,988), easily the most in franchise history.
10,234 -- Record total passing yards on both sides of the ball in New England games in 2011 (5,257 - 4,977).
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Now the question is...does the NFL see this as "good for business," or are we witnessing the death of Defense?
Last edited by Jimmors; 01-04-2012 at 09:50 PM.
This wasn't the year of the passer, it was the year the NFL officiating jumped the shark in PI and RtP penalties. To make it worse, they gave your star qb's much wider range in those calls. You couldn't get w/in 5 ft of Brady w/out getting a RtP penalty. Yet, Cutler could have a guy rip off his helmet and then try and kick him while they were both on the ground. Tebow not only got facemasked last Sunday, the guy tried to rip off his helmet too and neither of these guys got a call. The NFL has become laughable in how the Ref's call games.
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This is more proof getting off the bus running is an out of date philosophy wake up Halas hall get out of the stone age and adapt
I disagree. Mostly for the fact that penalty yards dont count in the record books. Yards, TDs...those are all from the passers. Penalty yards are different yards.
Originally Posted by Riczaj01
But yes, it does show the shift in officiating, if you actually read those numbers i posted, it goes over how defenses have had some of the most anemic performances in decades: interceptions are down, average passer ratings are up, yards per game are up, points per game are up. Its troubling, because on one hand its going to lead to more interest in football, and hence more ratings (imagine if hockey had a huge increase in scoring, what that would do to their ratings), but on the other hand, i think defenses are becoming more and more trivial. Just look at the Packers...they gave up 500 yards in week 17. AND WON. Crazy.
God, I hope not to the death of defense. There was little to no strategy in the game this year because of the offensive numbers that were put up IMHO. I like the course the Bears have been on with a strong defensive mind set. I think that part of the reason that offenses carved up secondaries was because of the little short-to-intermediate range passes essentially rendering the run obsolete for a lot of teams this season. Right now, Walter Football has the Bears set to take a CB in the first round out of Nebraska by the name of Alfonzo Dennard. For more information on him, go to: Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska, 2012 NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com .
Originally Posted by Jimmors
I'm not so sure that I like the idea of taking a CB in the first round. I would rather have another DE, a WR, an OL, something.
Here's some perspective:
Originally Posted by Dagan81
1.Brees - #3 seed
2.Brady - #1 seed
3.Stafford - #6 seed
4.Eli Manning - #4 seed
5.Rodgers - #1 seed
6.Rivers - missed playoffs (barely)
7.Romo - same as Rivers
8.Ryan - #5 seed
9.Roflberger - #5 seed
10. Newton - amazing rookie year, piss poor team
11.Fitzpatrick - missed playoffs
12.Flacco - #2 seed
1.Steelers - #5 seed
2.Texans - #3 seed
3.Ravens - #2 seed
4.49ers - #2 seed
5.Jets - missed playoffs
6.Jags - same
7.Bengals - #6 seed
8.Eagles - missed
9.Seahawks - missed
10.Browns - missed
11.Chiefs - missed
12.Falcons - #5 seed
Its clear to see that having a top 10 QB pretty much guarantees you a playoff spot, whereas having a top 10 defense? not so much.
Ravens and Steelers are the only 2 teams with a top 12 QB and a top defense, so its no surprise that both come in handy. Texans, 49ers and Bengals are the only teams to get in based on their defense, not their QB.
It's a sad day when defense no longer guarantees you a winning team.
Originally Posted by Jimmors
Yeah, and i think this is going to be the trend going forward too. Luckily, we have our QB...Cutler, we just need to build around him. Give him a solid OL and good WRs and TEs like Olsen even. If that means missing out on a Safety or Cornerback, then so be it. I think with a GOOD offense and the defense we have now, theres no reason why we cant win a SB.
Originally Posted by Dagan81
I understand penalty yards don't count, but they do extend the O plays. Add to that when the D isn't allowed to touch a QB, it allows the QB to feel more comfortable in the pocket, and wait longer for plays to develop which allows for more yards. Now add to that, that DB's cannot touch a WR after 5 yards, and it makes it very difficult, if not virtually impossible to defend the pass.
Originally Posted by Jimmors
What the rules/officiating has done is make Def virtually usesless in the game.