Time and time again homers know no bounds.
Statements like this "Brady was mediocre before Moss and Welker" have been driving me crazy the past two days.
If Brady was really mediocre before 2007, then how the hell did he win three Super Bowls, two Super Bowl MVP awards, and three Pro Bowl selections all before Moss/Welker?
If that wasn't enough, I brought up Manning and asked if they thought he was overrated. Of course they said no and went on to say "Manning made Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison, Dallas Clark, and everyone else look better."
That isn't that difficult to do considering they were all first round draft picks.
Homers really don't know how bad the receivers were on the Patriots. I'm going to address that after I have listed a lot of Brady's accomplishments pre-2007 when Moss and Welker came to the team.
Brady won 76 of his first 100 regular season starts, tying Roger Staubach's record for most victories by a QB in his first 100 starts during the Super Bowl Era (1966).
Brady won his first 10 playoff games, setting an NFL record for the most consecutive playoff wins.
Brady became the 5th QB in history to be selected to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season joining Dan Marino (1983), Brett Favre (1992), Kurt Warner (1999), and Daunte Culpepper (2000).
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Brady led the NFL in TD passes in 2002 with 28 and 2002 was Brady's sophomore year. Not bad for a 6th round draft pick (199th overall).
In each of the three Super Bowl victories, Brady led game winning drives to break a tie or take the lead in the 4th quarter, becoming the only QB in NFL history to lead three such game winning drives in the Super Bowl.
Brady tied an NFL record in 2005 by distributing his 26 touchdown passes to 12 different players. The only other QB to do so was Brad Johnson back in 2003.
Brady is tied with Drew Brees (Super Bowl XLIV) for the Super Bowl record for pass completions in a game, connecting on 32 passes in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
To think Brady accomplished all this with receivers like Troy Brown, David Patten, Deion Branch, Bethel Johnson, David Givens, Reche Caldwell, Chad Jackson, Jabar Gaffney, P.K. Sam, Tim Dwight, Doug Gabriel, Bam Childress, and Andre' Davis seems crazy, but it's true.
The really sad thing is, Brady did all this with no clear cut No. 1 receiver and the majority of these receivers were possession receivers.
Most of the receivers were also small, which did not give us an advantage in the red zone either. Branch was the most polished receiver of the group after being a second round pick out of Louisville back in 2002 and was the only deep threat.
Givens was another favorite target of Brady's and Givens came down with the hard catches. I had high hopes for Givens because he was a late round pick from Notre Dame that worked his butt off. In the end, when he went to Tennessee, he had a nasty knee injury that he was never able to recover from.
Johnson and Dwight were mostly return men, but did see some playing time on offense. Jackson was a second round bust after Bill Belichick moved up in the draft to get the speedy WR from Florida.
Brown was selected in the 8th round back in 1993 when they still had that many rounds. Brown could return kicks/punts, play receiver. He also played defensive back when injuries racked up in the secondary. Brown was my favorite Patriot WR because he was Mr. Everything for BB.
Brady has been making receivers look better than they actually are for his whole career, well before Moss and Welker even came to the team.
Just ask the Seattle Seahawks how Branch has lived up to expectations after signing a big free agent contract after he left the Patriots.
Source: nfl.com patriots.com