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Bills coach Sean McDermott believes Tom Brady looks 'even better' than in years past

Ryan Hannable
December 19, 2018 - 1:29 pm

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was named to his 14th Pro Bowl Tuesday, which ties the most in NFL history, but he isn't exactly having his greatest season.

The 41-year-old is tied for 17th in completion percentage, fifth in yards, tied for 10th in touchdown passes, and 12th in quarterback rating. Furthermore, his fourth-quarter QB rating of 94.0 ranks 18th in the NFL, and his conversation rate of 40.4 percent on third down ranks 19th.

While the numbers say Brady is having a down year, Bills coach Sean McDermott doesn't think so.

"No, to me, he looks even better than he has in years past, believe it or not," he said on a conference call with the New England media. "I know that the numbers may not support that, but I think his game is strong, he doesn’t turn the ball over. I think he’s as good as ever.

Added McDermott: "Well, the way he’s allocating the ball to different receivers, how he’s getting them in and out of plays, how they use the no-huddle offense strategically. I think all of that really showcases his ability, not only with his arm physically but also his mental capability."

McDermott also doesn't see much difference in Rob Gronkowski.

"I know he had a couple games where he didn’t play and that’s been the case I think for most years, recently at least," he said. "But yeah, he’s as good as he’s been, presents a matchup challenge and a guy that we certainly have to know how we want to handle him."

The Patriots and Bills will meet Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

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