Who was better in '11, Brady or Brees?

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Who was better in '11, Brady or Brees?

FOXBORO -- The chants in the Superdome rained down in the closing minutes of Sunday's rout of the Carolina Panthers. "M-V-P...M-V-P...!" They were directed at Drew Brees. Meanwhile, the league's true MVP, Aaron Rodgers (in my opinion for now and probably officially in a few weeks), was watching his understudy Matt Flynn pillage the Detroit Lions defense. At Gillette Stadium, Tom Brady was finishing off another ho-hum season of remarkable play in a career that's been taken for granted nationally and -- in recent years -- locally. Passing statistics can never be the barometer by which a quarterback is solely measured. The most important statistics in my opinion are team wins, interceptions, yards per attempt, completion percentage, touchdowns passes, team touchdowns andred zone efficiency. In that order. Since Rodgers' team won 15 games and he had the best TD-INT ratio (45-6) and threw his 45 touchdown passes on 502 attempts while Brees needed 155 more attempts to throw 46 and Brees' team won 13 games while he threw 14 picks, it's pretty cut and dried who the better quarterback was despite what the Superdome crowd thought. And the same holds true with Rodgers over Brady. But which quarterback was better in 2011, Brees or Brady? Here are the numbers:BREES
468 for 657 (71.2 percent) for 5,476 yards. 46 TDs, 14 INTs. YPA: 8.3. 62 offensive TDs. Red Zone TDs: 58.67. TD pctg: 7.0. INT pctg: 2.1.BRADY401 for 611 (65.6 percent) for 5,235 yards. 39 TDs, 12 INTs. YPA: 8.6. 57 offensive TDs. Red Zone TDs: 65.28. TD pctg: 6.4. INT pctg: 2.0When you analyze the two, Brees threw touchdowns at a higher rate per attempt, was more accurate and presided over a more explosive offense. Bradythrew longer -- or got more YAC from his throws -- led an offense that was far better in the red zone and was incrementally better in terms of picks per pass. Intwo of the Saints losses -- to St. Louis and Tampa Bay -- Brees played pretty badly against bad teams. He threw a total of five picks. The Patriots lost three and all were to teams that were either good -- Pittsburgh and the Giants -- or playing well. But Brady's four picks against Buffalo were a major reason New England lost. And to be honest about it, if we're discussing which great quarterback lost to worse teams, we've gone a little further in the discussion than we need to. Brees was better than Brady in 2011. And both were great.

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.

Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

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Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape. 

OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.

@tombrady always fighting for that extra yard. 😂😂 #TBAsiaTour #IWILL

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The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.

Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent. 

Arigatōgozaimashita 🇯🇵🙏

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Brady vs Brady #therecanonlybeone 🏆

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