10-30-2009, 06:30 PM #11
[size=10pt][size=10pt][size=10pt][size=10pt][size=10pt]Against The Grain -- Week 7[/size][/size][/size][/size][/size]
Passing is too easy in the NFL right now. The accumulation of rule changes, most recently protecting quarterbacks and receivers from hard hits, has created numbers that look ridiculous in the scope of NFL history. Good-to-average quarterbacks are putting up numbers that are hard to believe, and future Hall of Famers are having their way with defenses:
--The TexansÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Matt Schaub is on track to throw for more than 4,500 and 36 touchdowns.
--The PackersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Aaron Rodgers completed 16 of 20 passes with three touchdowns against the Browns on Sunday, and has 11 TDs and just two picks on the season. If you look at the numbers, Rodgers, with a 110.8 passer rating, is better than Favre ever was.
Philip Rivers hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t thrown an interception since Week 2.
--The BroncosÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Kyle Orton has nine touchdowns and one interception on the season.
--The SteelersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ben Roethlisberger had his worst statistical day of the season on Sunday (14-of-26 for 175 yards) and is still completing over 70 percent of his passes this season. His career best is 65.5 percent in 2003.
--Favre completed 34 of 51 passes in a losing effort against Pittsburgh. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s completed 69 percent of his passes this season. His career best is 66.5 percent in 2007. Does anyone else find it weird heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s having one of his best seasons at this age? ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so easy to pass right now.
Success through the air throughout the NFL seems to be a heavy trend this year.
Besides the coaching staff shouldn't care what other teams are doing. The Vikings are throwing more because of what Favre and the Vikings are doing.
Can you remember a year where you had so many QBs on pace for 20-30 TDs with less than 10 picks? Nope, because there isn't one.
It is CLEARLY too easy to pass in the NFL right now. Because of contact rules on the QBs and WRs teams realize it is much easier to move through the air than on the ground and are taking advantage of it.
I doubt the NFL will do much to change it, but passing records will continue to fall left and right.
Only 1 QB is on pace to have over 30td and less than 10int,
Only 5 QB are on pace to have 20 TD and less 10 int, Orton, Rodgers, Favre, Rivers and Brady.
I think records will continue to fall but that has been going on for a while, the rules were in place before they are just getting enforced a little more. As the season goes on some of those top QB's will struggle and some of the poorer QB's will improve. Injuries are also a part of it, as the season goes on more teams will turn to back up QB's and stats will decrease. Cold weather games make passing harder too.
Or maybe I'm wrong and this is the year it all changes.
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