Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/4/14

LONDON - OCTOBER 26: Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints makes a pass during the Bridgestone International Series NFL match between San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints at Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Every year, we are reminded how the NFL has become a passing league and if you don't have a franchise quarterback, you don't have a chance. Well, there is always a slim chance, but in recent years it has been the same names in the same game.With the passing boom of the 21st Century NFL, it feels as if defensive players appear to be at a slight disadvantage with all of the pass-happy rule changes. Could you picture guys like Dick "Night Train" Lane, or Ronnie Lott playing in today's NFL? They wouldn't stand a chance with the rule changes.It is a different game now than it used to be, and it will keep evolving as new research and data becomes available. It is a game where 5,000 yards passing in a season is possible. Not only is 5,000 yards now an attainable number, but multiple quarterbacks are hitting the once unreachable 5,000 yards.5,000 yards passing in perspectiveIt wasn't until a young quarterback from the University of Pittsburgh, Dan Marino, entered the league and then in his ...
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