Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning: Is the Horse Dead Yet?

Jon MyslivyCorrespondent IApril 1, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 18:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots and quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts greet each other on the field after the AFC Championship Game on January 18, 2004 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Colts 24-14 to advance to the Super Bowl.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

There have been a ton of Brady vs. Manning articles all over the net, beating this dead horse till even the flies have left the corpse. This debate has been an ongoing battle in NFL history as people try to compare two quarterbacks in different situations against each other.

Will it ever end? Probably not. There are too many homers or biased posters for this to happen.

I admit to being a Brady homer, but I am an NFL homer first and foremost. The NFL has been here, and will continue to be after Brady retires to Canton, Ohio. Then the QB debate will begin anew.

The problem in this specific situation is the fact that no matter how much anyone can support and defend their specific pick in this debate, they are never going to change another person's mind.

People go as far as inventing new statistics to measure the two players in order to value one over the other.

Face it, both quarterbacks are the face of the current NFL for different reasons. Manning for his statistical prowess, and Brady for his postseason dramatics.

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I, for one, am always up for a good debate on the matter, but the debate in this case is so skewed and so emotional between readers that it is getting out of hand.

In fact, it has been out of hand for years and continues to grow at an exponential rate each season.

This debate will never be finished, nor will it ever be quantified due to the major differences in the team makeup, the dome vs. inclement weather playing conditions, and many other variables.

I have read a few articles in the past week on this subject, and have actually been stunned by a few responses. Some posters seem to be so blinded by bias and homerism that they actually lie in their responses and articles to garner attention.

The first thing that I read was that Manning is better than Brady due to the fact that Brady has had a much better offensive line. This could not be further from the truth.

In fact, Manning has been the recipient of better pass protection in his career.

Based just on sack totals, Manning has taken just two more sacks besides playing four full seasons more. Brady gets sacked an average of 29 times a season, while Manning averages fewer than 19 sacks a season.

The next thing that I read was one writer complaining that the Colts only win when Manning has a big game, while Brady can win with a mediocre performance.

I guess this poster did not watch the 2006 playoffs where Manning was insignificant in the first two playoff wins while his defense and special teams carried him. In fact, Manning, in two games, had all of one TD and five INTs.

If it had not been for the performance of the Colts defense and Adam Vinatieri (who had five FGs in one game alone), Manning would not be wearing a Super Bowl ring at this moment.

Now, you can use this same argument for the 2001 Super Bowl win by the New England Patriots.

It is true that their victory was aided by the fact they had a good defense, and probably the best defensive strategy for a game all-time. But, when he needed to in that game, Tom Brady drove the length of the field, using JR Redmond, Jermaine Wiggins, and Troy Brown in 1:30 with no timeouts to give Vinatieri a chance to make the game winner.

The Patriots also did not commit a turnover the whole game, while scoring 17 points on the Rams' mistakes.

Let's face it, as I said before everyone has an opinion, and everyone should have ample opportunity to make their opinion known.


If you are going to share your opinion on this debate, at least have the common courtesy to tell the truth.

It only takes a little bit of research to check your facts in any matter. The NFL has a whole warehouse of statistical data to use. It does your arguments no good if they are proved wrong in the five minutes it takes to look something up.

Do not let personal bias or blind homerisms poison your reasoning.

But I digress.

It does not matter what I write in this article to support any of my opinions, because people have already decided who is the better QB at this time.

How about we take a break and actually let them play another season before we go through this again?