This isn't even close...To compair todays passing stats with the 80's isn't even close to being fair...
You can't touch the receivers or qb's anymore.....the number of plays run per game is more.YPC is down..It's hardly the same game
100 catches in a season in the 80's was unheard of...What Marino Clayton and Duper did was historical....And it's pretty much the norm now(except maybe 84,And even that has been match a few years)
I agree with you in the difference between the rules with QB's and WR's today. You can still have high YPC if the plays called and the players are good enough to execute them. Like I said before the # catches mean nothing. The stats below show that players are still capable of being successful in YPC and catches even though the game has changed.This is obviously through 15 games.
Brandon Lloyd DEN WR 72 1,375 19.1 10TD
Greg Jennings GB WR 72 1,168 16.2 12TD
Dwayne Bowe KC WR 67 1,094 16.3 15TD
DeSean Jackson PHI WR 47 1,056 22.5 6TD
Mike Wallace PIT WR 57 1,152 20.2 9TD