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Joyner: 2011 year 1 of Decade of the Pass?

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The average NFL quarterback now produces 7.2 yards per pass attempt, which matches the best mark ever, set in 1983. A record eight passers -- the big three, plus Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Cam Newton, Carson Palmer and the now-injured Matt Schaub -- are racking up at least 8.0 yards per attempt. Overall, QBs are throwing about 8 percent more passes than back in 1983, yet the leaguewide interception rate of 2.9 percent is the second-lowest since the AFL-NFL merger. Think about that for a second: Despite more pass attempts, productivity is as high as it's ever been, and mistakes are extremely low. That'd be like Darren Sproles maintaining his whopping 6.8 yards per carry and zero fumbles per game while running it 20 times a game instead of the 5.3 times he does now.... Now just imagine if Newton and Dalton continue their remarkable progress. Imagine if college QBs Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley, Robert Griffin III and Landry Jones are as good as projected. Imagine if Peyton Manning returns next season at full strength
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