Friday, July 17, 2009

Brady vs Manning- Who's Really Number 1?

With the 2009 NFL season approaching, there's been a lot of talk lately of certain lists or rankings of who is the best quarterback in the league today. And, while many people still put Peyton Manning in the top spot or say it is a toss up between Brady and Manning, I say it's not even close- Brady is the best. In fact, I'm not even so sure that Manning is my number 2. Of course, that's a different blog for a different day.

Firstly, you have to talk about the rings. Yes, it is a team sport so Super Bowl victories for a certain QB isn't the most important measuring stick. But, let's face it: until a QB gets at least one, there'll always be an unspoken asterisk after a statement of his greatness (think Marino). If you want to be considered the greatest or "one of," you must have a ring. And, generally, the more you have, the greater you are. Sure, there are exceptions, but few. And since Brady has three to Manning's one, Tom's got the edge there.

Let us also not forget what happened just 2 seasons ago. The Patriots were 1 fluke play away from going 19-0 and winning their 4th Super Bowl. Had they done so, Brady would be considered by many as the best QB in NFL history, much less the best right now. And, during that almost perfect run, I don't remember hearing a whole heck of a lot about Peyton.

A lot of people like to talk about Brady as being a product of a great team concept system, a product of a genius coach, a great offensive line and solid defense. This may be true. But, isn't it also true that Brady and the Pats won those 3 rings with "no real superstar." Who did Brady have at receiver? Brown and Patten were good. Were they great? Look what happened when Brady did get a superstar on his team. He and Moss embarrassed defense after defense in route to a record breaking 50 TD pass season for Tom, most of which went to Moss.

People can talk about stats and passer rating and who calls the plays all they want. But answer me this: who throws a better ball? Tom or Peyton? Who looks more poised in the pocket? Who has won more in head to head match-ups? I'll answer in the words of Family Guy's Peter Griffin: Tawm Brady, that's who!

My Top Five QBs Currently In The League:
1. Tom Brady
2. Ben Roethlisberger
3. Peyton Manning
4. Matt Ryan
5. (tie) Eli Manning & Tony Romo