There was plenty of talk and more debate recently when an ESPN Insider article suggested that deep analytics and statistics point to Tom Brady no longer being a top 5 quarterback in the NFL. Majority response to this claim was negative, as even those who hate Brady seem to acknowledge what he has done in this league. Among all of the discussions regarding Brady's current place in the NFL quarterback hierarchy are a number of statistics that either strengthen or weaken one's argument. To TB12 though, there's only one statistic that matters to him.
When Brady was asked by reporters what he thinks the most important statistic is when evaluating a quarterback, he responded with an honest question: "Other than wins and losses?"
The future Hall of Famer went on to discuss how he believes people are entertained by the fact that at the end of the game there is a one winner and one loser. The competition makes W's vs. L's the pivotal statistic:
“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.
Brady then spoke of how competitive spirit is extremely contagious and that there is no shortage of it in the Patriots organization and throughout the NFL. With an endless amount of factors going into the game on both sides of the ball, Brady thinks that the only fair way to compare one team to another, or one season to another is how far your team goes:
“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.”
Spoken like a person with a true winner's mentality.