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Watching Deion Branch struggle all of those years as a Seattle Seahawk, only to watch him come back as a productive player for Brady and the New England Patriots surprised no one.
Because people know how much of a difference maker Brady is. He turned David Patten into a useful piece in the early 2000s; he made David Givens rich; hell, he even turned Reche Caldwell into a decent receiver for a year.
Brady just has that uniqueness, that special quality that allows him to succeed no matter how talented his teammates are.
Now, I'm not saying that Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski aren't talented. They are. In fact, they are both superb football players. But like any great quarterback, Brady makes them that much better. If you think Welker is in the league leaders on any other team in the NFL, you are out of your mind.
Brady thrives where others would fail by setting up his teammates for success.
In Seattle, Matt Hasselbeck couldn't get anything out of Branch. In New England, he's a star and a former Super Bowl MVP. Go figure.
Rodgers runs the Green Bay Packers. He, like Brady, is the heart and soul of his team. However, there are few people who would argue that Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley are not at the top of the most talented lists for their respective positions.
I'm not suggesting that Rodgers doesn't make them better. He does. It's just that they would be valuable targets on any team in the NFL because of their athleticism and skill-set.
With players like Jordy Nelson and James Jones, though, it is clear that Rodgers inflates their value.
Case in point: Jones, who had 50 catches for 679 yards and five touchdowns last season was a free agent this past offseason. Not one team made an offer (at least an offer that was reported). Instead, Jones came back to the Pack, and is once again making spectacular plays.
The fact that not one team called for his services makes me believe that NFL executives thought he was a result of a great quarterback, and that he would fail in an environment where his quarterback wasn't Rodgers.
Brady, and maybe this is unfair to Rodgers, because I am penalizing him for having talented offensive players.
I just can't imagine Brady not succeeding in Rodgers' position, whereas I am unsure whether Rodgers would succeed in Brady's position. Brady has proven his worth in nearly every type of offense, while Rodgers has only proven his worth in possibly the most talent-loaded offense in the NFL (even without a legitimate starting running back).