NFL Network Blows Their Countdown Regarding Peyton Manning & Tom Brady

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIAugust 13, 2009

If you are a fan of the NFL Network, you have likely watched a number of their "Top-10" countdowns. After watching their list of the "Top-10 Single Season Performances", the NFL Network has again managed to put as little effort into the production of their countdowns, as their "Expert-Analysts" often do in preparation for their program, "Total Access."

I will get down to the point.

Their original countdown of the top-10 single season performances ended with Peyton Manning's 2004 season taking the top spot.

Tom Brady's 2007 season has since replaced that top spot if you've watched their updated version which aired earlier tonight.

While I respectfully disagree with their conclusion, that is not the topic of discussion in this article as I could understand why some would feel Brady's 2007 season to be the better of the two.

The real issue is, when Tom Brady's 2007 season replaced Peyton Manning's 2004 season, NFL Network decided to omit Manning's season all together.

Essentially, it was ranked number one before Tom Brady had his MVP season in 2007. They felt that Brady's season was more impressive, thus is secured the number one spot.

That's fine.

But logically speaking, if Peyton Manning's 2004 season was more impressive than numbers 10 through two on their list before the inclusion of Brady's 2007 season, common sense would tell you that it would then become the second greatest single season performance according to their countdown.

Instead, the NFL Network removed it all together.

To make matters worse, you would have to watch their clip detailing Tom Brady's 2007 season.

They took video clips spoken by Adam Schefter, Brian Baldinger, and Kurt Warner, and applied the exact same sound-bites to make it seem as if they were talking about Brady's 2007 season.

Since both quarterback's seasons were quite similar, the sound-bites appear to have match up pretty well. The problem is, it isn't possible given that the sound-bites were recorded before the 2007 season even began.

While this might not appear to be an issue to some people, it displays a complete and utter lack of effort on the NFL Network's part.

All they would have had to have done is put Brady's 2007 season in place of Manning's 2004 season, place Manning's season at the number two spot on their countdown and knock everyone else down one spot in light of what Tom Brady did in 2007.

I can speculate as to why they did what they did and I feel that it’s a pretty logical assumption.

They wanted to make their countdown appear more diverse and given the similar performance between Manning in 2004 and Brady in 2007, they erased one of the two and kept the original entries as to not make a list appear to repetitive.

At the same time, they saved themselves the trouble of creating new material by simply taking clips from their original program and inserting them to make reference to a completely different player during a completely different season.

That might be a logical way to save a little bit of production time, but not if you care about how the quality of your product appears to the public.

While many people might either not be aware or might not care, what the NFL Network has done is displayed a very poor attempt to make their countdowns credible.

I understand that many people could argue as to who belongs where on their lists and that's perfectly understandable seeing as sports is as subjective as anything else you'll find in life, but to have once established the placement of one player's season and to then remove it entirely simply defies logic.

The NFL Network is great in that it provides the fans with continuous coverage of the NFL, and a plethora of programming for their fans to get their daily fix. I simply would expect a lot more from the league’s official network because if the NFL wants to represent itself as a quality brand, their official television network should reflect the same standard.