however, stats can be read and used in different ways.
My favorite example is Brandon Marshall's game where he had 21 catches. And his team lost.
stats are important because they are one of the major yardsticks which players, systems, coaches etc are measured. I like the Madden ratings (stats) on players. What do you mean by someone being really strong or very fast or has a "strong" arm? Give it a number.
Most of the time stats show what a player is within the team and system he plays in. Last season Tannehill's stats showed him to be at about the level he was at considering our WRs etc as well as his progress. I expect his Madden stats to be higher and his "real" season stats to also improve.
My complaint in disputing stats vs "the eyeball test" is that very few, if any, watch every player on his roughly 1,000 plays. They see the highlights, the good plays, and the bad ones without seeing what a player actually does, which IMO is important, and what stats supply.
I think the bottom line is everybody looks at stats differently. Some swear by them and some swear at them. Some like some stats but hate others. I don't know that there is any right or wrong answer to the question. I for one hate the quarterback td passes stat and would prefer to see a stat that shows a percentage of td drives a quarterback leads, because I could care less who scored the touchdown as long as the ball ended up in the end zone. I know a lot of people who disagree with me.
Any particular examples, or is this just another attempt at being popular?
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