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When it comes to carrying a team, Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of the past 35 years.
So says research done by Mark Wald of the underrated and often fascinating ColdHardFootballFacts.com.
Because a high number of pass attempts generally equates to a defeat, Wald wanted to ascertain which quarterbacks have had the greatest success when throwing a lot. He ran the stats from 1960 through 2008, qualifying a game in which a quarterback was asked to "carry the team" as 30 or more passes pre-1978 and 40 or more passes from 1978 on.
Wald's data showed Daryle Lamonica was worthy of his nickname, The Mad Bomber.
Lamonica ranked first with a .703 winning percentage when asked to carry his team. Brady was second at .680. Bart Starr and Bill Nelsen were tied for third at .625.
Big deal, you say?
Then consider this: The average winning percentage is .307 for all quarterbacks in "carry the team" qualifying games.
Some other AFC East quarterbacks of note:
12. Jack Kemp, .490.
14. Dan Marino, .478.
16. Al Dorow, .462.
Wald also listed the quarterbacks with the worst records when asked to carry his team. Here are the quarterbacks with AFC East backgrounds:
2. Joey Harrington, .048.
6. Doug Flutie, .100.
9. Daunte Culpepper, .118.
10t. Steve Grogan, .125.
16. Scott Mitchell, .158.
17t. Gus Frerotte, .176.
17t. Neil O'Donnell, Jets, .176.