Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees Continue Ascent on Dan Marino's Record

Geoff RobertsContributor IIIDecember 12, 2011

Yesterday, Tom Brady threw for 371 yards and three touchdowns, moving his team to 10-3.

The story of the game was that it should have been a blowout, and Tom got in a big argument with Patriots' offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien.

This proved to be only another opportunity for Brady to exemplify his leadership skills, as he took complete responsibility for the altercation after the game.

“I threw a pretty bad interception and he wasn’t happy about it,” Brady said. “There are probably a long line of coaches and players that were pretty pissed at me after that, but Billy got to me first. He let me have it and I deserved it.”

To me, this is an obvious example of the media looking for any opportunity to highlight something other than Brady’s talents and winning ways.

Things often get heated on the sidelines, and tensions were high. Yet the media’s obsession with this skirmish only reminded us once again of the leader that Tom Brady has become.

As I watched this, I couldn’t help but think about Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.

It’s very clear to me now that if and when Peyton Manning returns to the NFL, it’s no longer going to be a two-horse race.

There are now four elite quarterbacks in this league, and there’s no doubt that the NFL is better for it.

Of the group, Brady is clearly under the most scrutiny, as he’s by far the most successful to date. Heavy lies the crown, I suppose.

There is no denying that Brees, Rodgers and Brady are all on track for a record-breaking season.

No, I’m not talking about the Rodgers’ Packers being 13-0 (Brady has already done that). I’m talking about these guys marching towards Dan Marino’s single season passing yardage record—who is going to end up on top?

Through 13 games, here’s a status check (the record is 5,084 yards).

Aaron Rodgers—4,125 yards, 39 touchdowns, six interceptions

Drew Brees—4,368 yards, 32 touchdowns, 11 interceptions

Tom Brady—4,273 yards, 33 touchdowns, 11 interceptions

Let’s make one thing clear—there are four elite quarterbacks in the NFL, although only three of them are playing this season.

Brady, Manning, Rodgers and Brees are all the clear leaders of their respective teams, all Super Bowl champions and at least one of them, if not all three, will break Dan Marino’s passing record this season.

Imagine a playoff scenario with all of these guys in the mix; it’s impossible to think that only one of them can raise the Lombardi trophy each season.

It’s great for the NFL, but it’s even better for NFL fans.

Enjoy these guys while they last.

Geoff Roberts is the Founder and Managing Editor of, a Boston sports blog.