Anonymous asked in SportsFootball (American) · 7 years ago

If the "Ty Law rule" was never installed after 2003, how much would that impact offenses today?

The rule states that defensive backs can't contact receivers after 5 yards from the line of scrimmage.

If the rule was never installed, how would the league be different today in terms of offensive productions?

BQ: If prime Dan Marino play in this era, how would Marino fare?

2 Answers

  • 7 years ago
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    It was really the Mel Blount rule established in 1978 because receivers complained that they couldn't run their routes.

    Before 1978 the only QB with 4000 yards was Joe Namath. Thanks to the rule change and seasons extending from 14 to 16 games, 4000 yards in a season became the norm for the league leader.

    After the 2004 AFC championship the league simply exaggerated the rule and the impressive records that lasted more than 2 decades were broken.

    What Manning did in 2013 is impressive, but compare his numbers to other contemporaries and the real question is how long those records will last:

    2013 Peyton Manning: 5477 yards, 55 TD, 115 QB rating

    2007 Tom Brady: 4807 yards, 50 TD, 117 QB rating

    2011 Drew Brees: 5476 yards, 46 TD, 111 QB rating

    2011 Aaron Rodgers: 4643 yards, 45 TD, 122 QB rating

    Without the Ty Law rule, which is the modified Mel Blount rule, 30 TD and 4300 yards would be the norm for the leader.

    Assuming that a primed Dan Marino played under the current rules with a decent defense that gave him the ball and bad running game like he did in the mid 80s, he would have 60 TD and 6000 yards.

  • 7 years ago

    Well Peyton Manning just put up 55TD's and 5000+ yards

    But the Corner Back with the biggest impact on the game would have to be Mel Blount. Dude was a bad SOB

    But to answer your question, the NFL has become quite the pass happy league, and the "Ty Law" Rule is another big rule that contributes

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