Every single week I turn the TV on to watch football. I hear someone start saying how great Tom Brady is and how he is "so elite". I think to myself, as a QB, not a winner. Just how elite is Tom Brady.
The information that I found was actually pretty incredible. Going by the stats Tom Brady is an average QB that had 1, yes I said it, 1 standout year.
If we are going to compare him to other "elite" QB's lets see how their stats match up.
Lets compare him to oh lets say..Peyton Manning. This is the biggest argument, who is the better QB, and after looking it's not even a debate. Manning surpasses Brady in every aspect of the game. It really is incredible.
How many 4000 yard season's has Tom Brady had 2, but he's on pace for his 3rd coming up this year.
Now how many 4000 passing yard seasons has Manning had 9, but he's on pace for his 10th.
Now how many 30+ touchdown season has Tom Brady had. Oh um 1, in 07.
Now Manning he has had 4 but he's on pace for his 5th.
Since 2001 Tom Brady's completion percentage has been 63%. Peyton Mannings on the other hand has been 66%.
Then if you calculate the fact that in 07, the Patriots passed the ball an incredible 81% of the time. This inflated those stats. Also the Patriots did run up the score many times. If you need an example here you go. On October 7, the Patriots played the Cleveland Browns. With one minute to go in the game the Patriots lead 27-17. They had the ball and were passing. Luckily the drive stalled on an incomplete pass on 4th and goal from the goal line.
Now comes the classic argument that so many people say. Well Tom Brady had worse receivers. Actually this isn't true at all. Before Manning came into the league Marvin Harrison was a very Mediocre WR.
in 96 and 97 Harrison averaged 800 yards a season and 7 touchdowns. In Manning's first season Harrison actually had one of his worst pro season ever. He had only 700 yards and 7 touchdowns. From there on out he flourished. For the next 7 seasons Harrison averaged 1500 yards and double digit TD's.
My point is that Manning made a good, not great, receiver into one of the best of all time.
Then comes Reggie Wayne, yes we all knew Wayne was good coming out of college. Thats why he was a first round pick
In Brady's best year he had Randy Moss, who without even going to New England would have been a hall of famer. He also had Wes Welker, who had proven himself in Miami. We all already knew he was good.
Now you tell me is Brady truly "terrific" or is he "terrifically average"!!