According to Wesseling, Brady's numbers without Gronkowski were comparable to Dalton's numbers, leading Wesseling to assert that "from a statistical standpoint, Tom Brady was Aaron Rodgers when Rob Gronkowski was on the field last season and Andy Dalton when the All-Pro tight end was sidelined."
These numbers are fascinating, but they prove more about how we look at statistics and how we SHOULD look at them, as opposed to how we should look at guys like Brady, Rodgers and Dalton.
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Wesseling was definitely fair in pointing out that Brady was missing more than just Gronkowski, with other top targets Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker battling injuries, and Julian Edelman missing time.
This is why stats are helpful, but certainly not the last word in quality of NFL players, particularly quarterbacks.
Anyone who has seen Brady and Dalton play would tell you that there's a significant gap between them, and Brady's a lot closer to Aaron Rodgers than he is to Dalton. Also, something that went unmentioned was the fact that Dalton has the benefit of AJ Green, one of the most talented WRs in the league.
Just a word of advice: When reading articles like that, be careful. Make sure you read all the fine print, and evaluate accordingly.