Brady: Wins and losses only stats that matter

Brady: Wins and losses only stats that matter
June 9, 2014, 2:15 pm
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FOXBORO – Last week was dominated by a stat-based analysis that allegedly showed the decline of Tom Brady as a quarterback.
 
Sam Monson, who wrote the piece for ESPN.com, was challenged on his findings and said that wins and losses are not an accurate measure of a quarterback’s individual play because it’s a team game.
 
I asked Brady Monday at Gillette Stadium what the most important statistic is when it comes to evaluating a quarterback.
 
“Other than wins and losses?” he asked.
 
Yes.
 
Not only could Brady not provide an answer to which statistic trumps wins, he gave a pretty passionate answer. It seemed to be something he wanted to get off his chest.
 
“I think that people pay to watch the games on TV because there’s a scoreboard,” Brady began. “I mean, I think that’s what it’s all about. If there were no scoreboard, then people wouldn’t tune in and watch. There’s only one stat that matters. The competition in the NFL is very high, extremely high on a daily basis. Some individuals compete against other guys and some compete against themselves so even if you don’t have someone you’re competing against, if you’re competing against yourself, you’re always gonna get better because there’s always competition.
 
“The guys that I’ve been around that find ways to motivate themselves, those are the best players,” he insisted. “They don’t have to wait for some Sunday in September to find out if they’re competitive. You find that out in March. You figure that out in February, at the end of February when no one else really is working. The competition of what’s inside of you and how that’s gonna really help your team and build your team to be more competitive. That’s all infectious.”
 
While that’s not a direct answer to the question of which stat is most important, the upshot seems to be this: You don’t measure how good you are by comparing completion percentage when faced with pressure against your peers. You measure it by how far you take your team and how much better you make the players around you.  
 
Concluding, Brady said, “You can’t sit here and compare one year to another year or compare this player to that player. Winning games is the most important thing certainly for this organization and when you come here you learn that pretty quickly. Whatever matters to you as an individual it’s far distant from what the team goals are. And the team goal is one thing. To score more points than the other team.”