for anyone but midfielders. Defenders, and forwards performance cannot be judged solely on their passing and if that results in a goal. e.g. Filipo Inzaghi, he stands offside for 85 minutes, barely in the game only makes a couple of passes that may or may not find their target but as soon as there is a loose ball in the box he is there to put it in the net. a defender marks a striker out of the game, hardly touches the ball because the opposition could never pass it to the player he was marking, defender has had a brilliant game, but this will say he has been average because he only made a few passes and none led to a shot.