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    Top 10 campaigns in NFL history

    This top ten list is attributed to APs attempt to break Dickerson's single season rushing record:


    1. Dan Marino, Miami, 1984: Marino used his second NFL season to terrorize opposing defenses on a weekly basis. Blessed with a quick release and a rocket right arm, he produced a season-long performance that required its own section in the league record books once he was done. Marino set NFL marks for yards (he became the first player to pass for 5,000 yards in a season with 5,084) and touchdown passes (he blew away the old mark of 36 with 48 of his own) and he led the Dolphins to a spot in that season's Super Bowl. Marino's Hall of Fame career included many great seasons, but nothing ever topped those feats.

    In fact, there is one chief reason his performance still ranks better than those produced more recently by Peyton Manning and Brady: The application of the rules was different. Both Manning and Brady benefited from the league's decision in 2004 to place greater emphasis on enforcing the illegal contact rule, which penalizes defenders who touch receivers more than five yards beyond from the line of scrimmage. If Marino had that advantage going for him, nobody would've ever matched the season he produced 24 years ago.

    the rest of the top ten: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/87...ns-nfl-history

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    Glad to see Marino getting the love . I think they ranked OJ Simpsons 2000 yard season way too low on the list. That might be the hardest of all the accomplishments they listed
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlockz View Post
    I think they ranked OJ Simpsons 2000 yard season way too low on the list. That might be the hardest of all the accomplishments they listed
    It's insanity. Simpson should be closer to first than tenth. I'd probably rate him first.

    Buffalo had a rookie quarterback who completed barely 44% of his passes that year, and for only 5.7 yards per attempt. Defenses were already sturdy against the run in that era but against the Bills you could all but ignore the pass. Granted, Buffalo had an emerging talented offensive line and a rugged complimentary classic fullback in Jim Braxton. But 2000 yards was so unthinkable it didn't even enter the discussion until the final two weeks. That final game against the Jets was one of the memorable telecasts in NFL history, given the preoccupation on an individual quest, and the snowy playing conditions. The upcoming playoffs weren't a topic at all that week, competing against O.J.'s pursuit of history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlockz View Post
    Glad to see Marino getting the love . I think they ranked OJ Simpsons 2000 yard season way too low on the list. That might be the hardest of all the accomplishments they listed
    I agree 100%

    OJs season was so incredible when you consider he did it in 14 games
    He averaged 143 yards rushing per game...amazing
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    Simpson should probably be number 1 but oh well, nice to see Marino getting some respect for a change. Typically he's just discarded for not winning a super bowl, sad.
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    They got number one right. I'm really enjoying AD's year. I love seeing historical greatness. I enjoy seeing a performance that's not a product of the offense or an era so much as it is a superhuman effort by one of the all-time greats.
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    Had the Dolphins won the Super Bowl that year, Marino's 1984 season would forever be known as the greatest season by any QB ever. But they didn't so he usually gets short shrift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCall13 View Post
    This top ten list is attributed to APs attempt to break Dickerson's single season rushing record:


    1. Dan Marino, Miami, 1984: Marino used his second NFL season to terrorize opposing defenses on a weekly basis. Blessed with a quick release and a rocket right arm, he produced a season-long performance that required its own section in the league record books once he was done. Marino set NFL marks for yards (he became the first player to pass for 5,000 yards in a season with 5,084) and touchdown passes (he blew away the old mark of 36 with 48 of his own) and he led the Dolphins to a spot in that season's Super Bowl. Marino's Hall of Fame career included many great seasons, but nothing ever topped those feats.

    In fact, there is one chief reason his performance still ranks better than those produced more recently by Peyton Manning and Brady: The application of the rules was different. Both Manning and Brady benefited from the league's decision in 2004 to place greater emphasis on enforcing the illegal contact rule, which penalizes defenders who touch receivers more than five yards beyond from the line of scrimmage. If Marino had that advantage going for him, nobody would've ever matched the season he produced 24 years ago.

    the rest of the top ten: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/87...ns-nfl-history
    Great post.

    That 84 season of Marino's was by far and away the greatest single season performance by any player at any position in football. People rarely are smart enough to rank it 1st where it belongs.
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