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Who was better in '11, Brady or Brees?

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Who was better in '11, Brady or Brees?

FOXBORO -- The chants in the Superdome rained down in the closing minutes of Sunday's rout of the Carolina Panthers. "M-V-P...M-V-P...!" They were directed at Drew Brees. Meanwhile, the league's true MVP, Aaron Rodgers (in my opinion for now and probably officially in a few weeks), was watching his understudy Matt Flynn pillage the Detroit Lions defense. At Gillette Stadium, Tom Brady was finishing off another ho-hum season of remarkable play in a career that's been taken for granted nationally and -- in recent years -- locally. Passing statistics can never be the barometer by which a quarterback is solely measured. The most important statistics in my opinion are team wins, interceptions, yards per attempt, completion percentage, touchdowns passes, team touchdowns andred zone efficiency. In that order. Since Rodgers' team won 15 games and he had the best TD-INT ratio (45-6) and threw his 45 touchdown passes on 502 attempts while Brees needed 155 more attempts to throw 46 and Brees' team won 13 games while he threw 14 picks, it's pretty cut and dried who the better quarterback was despite what the Superdome crowd thought. And the same holds true with Rodgers over Brady. But which quarterback was better in 2011, Brees or Brady? Here are the numbers:BREES
468 for 657 (71.2 percent) for 5,476 yards. 46 TDs, 14 INTs. YPA: 8.3. 62 offensive TDs. Red Zone TDs: 58.67. TD pctg: 7.0. INT pctg: 2.1.BRADY401 for 611 (65.6 percent) for 5,235 yards. 39 TDs, 12 INTs. YPA: 8.6. 57 offensive TDs. Red Zone TDs: 65.28. TD pctg: 6.4. INT pctg: 2.0When you analyze the two, Brees threw touchdowns at a higher rate per attempt, was more accurate and presided over a more explosive offense. Bradythrew longer -- or got more YAC from his throws -- led an offense that was far better in the red zone and was incrementally better in terms of picks per pass. Intwo of the Saints losses -- to St. Louis and Tampa Bay -- Brees played pretty badly against bad teams. He threw a total of five picks. The Patriots lost three and all were to teams that were either good -- Pittsburgh and the Giants -- or playing well. But Brady's four picks against Buffalo were a major reason New England lost. And to be honest about it, if we're discussing which great quarterback lost to worse teams, we've gone a little further in the discussion than we need to. Brees was better than Brady in 2011. And both were great.

In a surprise move, Chiefs sign Darrelle Revis

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In a surprise move, Chiefs sign Darrelle Revis

KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Chiefs needed help in their leaky defensive backfield.

Darrelle Revis was ready to provide it.

So the AFC West leaders signed the seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback on Wednesday, a surprising midseason move involving a big-name player. Revis played for the New York Jets last season, but his massive salary cap number combined with a decline in performance led to his release in late February.

Still, the Chiefs were desperate to find a cornerback to play opposite Marcus Peters. Terrence Mitchell, Kenneth AckerSteven Nelson and Phillip Gaines have all failed to hold down the spot.

"He's ready to go now," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said in a conference call with reporters. "He was coming off the wrist (injury) and that he had last year, you know - this is when he was ready to go. We felt the same way. So it was a nice, mutual agreement that took place and here we are."

Reid did not rule out Revis playing Sunday against Buffalo, either.

Four days is typically a quick turnaround for a player to get acclimated to a team, especially one that hasn't played a snap since the end of last season. But Revis has a few things going for him: He has a vast amount of experience from which to draw, he is already familiar with defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's system having played for him with the Jets, and the Chiefs really have nothing to lose.

They enter the game with the 28th-ranked pass defense in the league, hemorrhaging more than 250 yards per game. That includes a 417-yard performance by Oakland's Derek Carr a few weeks ago.

"We've had some young guys trying their hearts out and doing a nice job for us, too," Reid said. "It's a win-win. You get a veteran guy and you have some young guys that will continue to grow."

Perhaps coincidentally, the Chiefs visit the Meadowlands to face the Jets on Dec. 3.

Revis at one point was considered the best cornerback in the league, picking off 29 passes over 10 seasons with the Jets, Buccaneers and Patriots. He won a Super Bowl ring with New England.

He parlayed that into a five-year, $39 million contract to return to the Jets, but a wrist injury slowed him down a couple of years ago. Revis struggled most of last season, looking as if the 32-year-old had lost a step for the first time, and the Jets made the decision to let him go.

He's spent the past summer and fall keeping in shape.

"He's been around awhile. He looks great physically," Reid said, "but time does that, time will take a step away from you. But he's a smart guy, knows how to play the game and that becomes important at this point in his career. I'm not telling you he can't still run, he can run."

Good enough to help the Chiefs (6-4), who had dropped four of their past five?

"Darrelle is a proven player in this league and we are excited to add him," first-year Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in a statement. "He's had a Hall of Fame career and his leadership and playing experience will be valuable to our defense."

That may be where he is most beneficial: His experience. The Chiefs have little veteran presence in their secondary after safety Eric Berry was lost to a season-ending injury.

"You're talking about one of the all-time great players at that position," Reid said. "It's just a matter of getting him back in the swing of things and seeing where he's at. He's excited to be here. We are excited to have him. I would think his role would be to step in and be a starter."

Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Tom Brady sits out with Achilles injury

Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Tom Brady sits out with Achilles injury

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski both sat out of the entirety of Wednesday's practice at Gillette Stadium. 

Brady is dealing with an Achilles injury, per the injury report released by the Patriots. The Boston Herald has reported that Brady will play despite the issue. It's unclear when exactly Brady suffered the injury, but Brady was hit low by Raiders pass-rusher Khalil Mack in the fourth quarter on Sunday, and Mack was called for a roughing-the-passer penalty.

Gronkowski, like teammate David Andrews, is dealing with an illness. Patrick Chung, who left Sunday's game briefly, has an ankle issue. 

Here's the full injury report for both the Patriots and Dolphins . . . 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
C David Andrews (illness)
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
TE Marellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)

MIAMI DOLPHINS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)
DE William Hayes (back)
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)

FULL PARTICIPATION
RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)