Re: These are the facts
posted at 1/7/2013 5:57 PM EST
In response to AcheNot's comment:
In response to RockScully's comment:
Be prepared to be attacked. He also has 27 TDs and 17 INTs since 2005 and if you take away his outlier games since then (best and worst), it's 19 TDs and 13 INTs.Obviously, that is not good.We cannot have our best player playing poorly. This is the biggest stretch of his career. We'll see. I hope he has it figured out and won't try to run that shotgun spread.
You always lump his mediocre 2005 & 2006 post-season totals in with his 2007-2011 numbers. He was still "game manager" Brady in those days though. Seems more appropriate to include the numbers from those two years in with the 2001-2004 totals. When they are...when the dividing line is 2007, not 2004...his before/after playoff stats are not so dissimilar:
Pre-2007: 20 TD/9 Int
Post-2007: 18 TD/11 Int
I tend to throw out the 2005 and 2006 seasons altogether. Both years, the Patriots had obvious flaws as a team and were not considered favorites going into the playoffs (there was a reason they did not have a bye either season).
I maintain that as Brady has gotten better (statiscally speaking) in the regular season. He has performed worse in the post-season. The team relies on him more and he has not responded in the playoffs. In 2001 the Patriots won a Super Bowl with Brady throwing 1 TD in the post-season (Bledsoe threw one in the Pittsburgh game).
Since Brady has become the focal point of the team (which I consider starting in 2007), this team has not won a championship. I think Brady is a great QB, I just think they are not going to win putting that much on his shoulders.
As I have said multiple times, I think this year is different. I think the defense and the running game are capable of winning with Tom Brady putting up the kind of numbers he did in the early 2000s. That is what I am hoping happens in the next three games...