Wednesday, 14 December 2011 10:00
New Orleans Saints Brees Approaching Marino's Passing Record
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brees-panthersDrew Brees needs 716 yards to break the season-single NFL record for passing yardage.

Miami's Dan Marino set the record with 5,089 yards in 1984. Brees threatened to break the record three seasons ago, but finished 15 yards short. He seems poised to surpass both totals this time around, needing to average just 238.7 passing yards per game over the final three weeks to  break Marino's record. Brees' final three
opponents-- Vikings, Falcons and Panthers -- rank 25th ,22nd and 19th in pass defense respectively.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has been assured he'll be back next season despite a 5-14 record as the team's head coach.  Currently 2-11, the Vikings are closing on the worst season in franchise history. With three more losses in games against the Saints, Redskins and Bears, the Vikings will finish 2-14.

Frazier said after Sunday's loss to the Lions that Christian Ponder will be his starting quarterback. Ponder exited Sunday's game with four turnovers, giving him 13 for the season. He threw three interceptions against the Lions and would have thrown six with better hands in the Lions’s secondary.

The Vikings still have 3,500 tickets to see Sunday's game a Mall of America Field.

One NFL scout has the Vikings drafting LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne with the third over-all pick in the draft. Claiborne isn't worthy of the pick, but he would fill an area of concern with the Vikings.

Les Miles will definitely be pursued by NFL teams at the end of the season. Three NFL coaches this season are already gone and a number of others could be shown the door.

The South Florida  Sun-Sentinel  lists Miles as a possible candidate  for the opening with the Dolphins. 

by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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