January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady: Team goals matter more than personal statistics

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Tom Brady came under fire last week after Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus wrote than the New England Patriots quarterback is no longer a top five quarterback (subscription required) and today the three-time Super Bowl champion responded to those claims.

“I think that people watch the games on TV because there is a scoreboard. I think that’s what it is all about. If there was no scoreboard, then people wouldn’t tune in and watch. There’s only one stat that matters and that’s because the competition in the NFL is very high; extremely high on a daily basis,” he said.

“You can’t sit here and compare one year to another year, or compare this player to that player, I think winning games is the most important thing; certainly for this organization. When you come here, you learn that pretty quickly — whatever matters to you as an individual, it’s far distant to what the team goals are. And the team goals are one thing — to score more points than the other team.”

Brady helped lead the Patriots to the AFC Championship Game last season but fell to the Denver Broncos.

His completion percentage, yards, touchdowns, yards-per-attempt and quarterback rating have all gone down in each of the past three seasons, so do you think Brady is still one of the top five quarterbacks in the NFL moving forward or is he being passed by the likes of Phillip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and younger quarterbacks in the league like Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson.

Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts on where Brady ranks in the NFL among quarterbacks moving forward.

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