Dan Marino’s record setting season of 1984 vs. Drew Brees in 2011 (12/26/11)

Dan Marino’s record of passing for 5,084 yards in a single season is about to be broken by Drew Brees. The Saints’ quarterback came very close to breaking the record in 2008 when he threw for 5,069 yards — just 15 yards shy! (wonder how many completed passes were called back for holding that season?) — but he will surely break the record during the 2011 season.

Brees has already thrown for 4,780 yards through 14 games. He faces the Atlanta Falcons tonight on Monday Night Football (you can OtherScreen the game tonight on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. Download our free iPhone app now!) and still has one more game — against the Carolina Panthers on January 1. He’s averaging 341.4 yards-per-game, so barring an injury this record will no longer be Marino’s.

But, how have the two quarterbacks compared during their record breaking and potential record breaking seasons?

Marino led the Dolphins to a record of 14-2 in 1984 while Brees and the Saints are currently 11-3. Marino had a 64.2% completion rate in 1984 while Brees currently has a 71.5% completion rate. This is after throwing 583 passes, which is already 19 more attempts than Marino had in all 16 games of 1984.

Marino threw 48 touchdowns and had 17 interceptions while Brees has thrown 37 touchdowns and has 11 interceptions.

The big difference between Marino in 1984 and Brees in 2011 is that Marino had four 400+ yard passing games while Brees has had only two. But, Marino had four games where he threw less than 250 yards while Brees has not done that a single time this season. Marino averaged 317.8 yards per game while Brees is averaging 341.4 yards.

Both of these quarterbacks are incredible passers. The stats do not lie. Of course, when the 2011 season comes to a close, only one of them will have the record for most passing yards in a single season.

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