Re: Is Brady Clutch? Great Article
posted at 10/18/2012 6:19 PM EDT
In response to pcmIV's comment:
Are you serious? In the 3 seasons we won the SB Brady threw 38 INTs. From 2007 to the present a period spanning 70 games or almost 4.5 seasons he has thrown 40 INTs. And that isn't even conisdering the fact that in all but one of those seasons (2010) we threw the ball more than any of the SB winning seasons. This idea that Brady throws more INTs and doesn't throw to the open guy anymore is a myth. His completion percentages have been higher in every season since 2007 than in the SB winning years. Brady is one of the best in the history of the NFL when it comes to not turning the ball over. SMH.
That is the irony, the Patriots were a better team when Brady was statistically not a good.
I do not think it is his decision making that is the whole problem. I think the overall team philosophy has been to try to get big chunks of yardage in those situations when there is no need. I broke this down earlier play by play, but there was no need to throw the ball 30-60 yards downfield three times at the end of Super Bowl 42.
Some of those raw numbers are deceiving over the course of Brady's career things have change and, plenty of QBs have been throwing for more yards, higher percentages and fewer picks:
In 2001, his 86.5 passer rating put him 6th in the NFL, this year his 97.2 is currently 6th.
In 2001, completing 63.9% of passes ranked 4th, this year his 65.8% is 10th. Of the top ten career completion percentage leaders, only Steve Young did not play in the 2000s.
In 2002, 37.5 attempts per game put him third, this year 40.3 puts him fourth.
In 2001, Peyton Manning was second in the NFL at 258 passing yards per game, this year that would be 15th!
Of th top ten career int% rankings, nine of them are active players.
The rules have changed and the game has changed, Brady's statistics have improved more than most, but most of the "better" numbers come from an overall change in how the game is played offensively.
The rub of it all is that the Patriots (Brady and BB) have not figured out how win a championship in the "new" NFL.