Why Tom Brady Is the Most Overrated Quarterback of All Time

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst INovember 29, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 15:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts greets Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots after the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Colts won the game 35-34. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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As Peter Griffin would say, "You know what really grinds my gears?"

Tom Brady

I make no bones about that, but that does not necessarily mean that the facts don't support my conclusion. The facts, in fact, support the actuality of that as fact.

I have stated many times that I love to, "stick it" to Patriot fans, like any real rock musician loves to stick it to the man.

I respect Brady, only in that I believe his legacy is a question that I must answer.

Here though, is the case for why Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is the most overrated quarterback of all time.

The modern era of the NFL has been easier on quarterbacks. The NFL has intentionally created rules to inflate the stats of quarterbacks: Mel Blount rule, Neil Smith rule, Tuck Rule, Ty Law rule, Tom Brady rule, etc.

Like steroids in baseball, the validity of passing stats are now highly suspect. Difference is that the inflation of passing stats is codified. What though do they mean anymore, when so many quarterbacks have similar stats?

Even quarterbacks with bad backs can throw touchdowns, or have little college or NFL experience and yet waltz in from the practice squad, Arena Leagues, or thanks to Matt Cassel, high school.

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The farce that has been imposed on NFL fans is that penalty yards from pass-interference can easily lead to touchdowns.  The receiver doesn't need to catch the ball, just run into the defender.

And that is why NFL rules inflate passing-stats.

The myth about quarterbacks has been eviscerated since 1999. An NFL team does need an exceptionally talented player to be quarterback, because the NFL will make sure to create rules to give that player every chance they can to ensure that he can succeed.

As much as I dislike the Cult of Dan Marino, at least, Marino had a uniquely quick release that enabled him to make plays regardless of pass protection.  I have made points against the greatness of Marino, but mainly because I think he's in the Hall of Fame to the detriment of more deserving quarterbacks.

If Marino is in, they should be too.

Point being that, Brady has no unique skills.  He's the beneficiary of a well-built team by Bill Belichik and Robert Kraft.  He's the beneficiary of gutsy calls, cheating, and game-management by Belichik.  Brady's the beneficiary of NFL rules to protect the passer that inflate stats, which cannot be denied.

Brady has also been the benficiery of kicks made by Adam Vinatieri.  If not for Vinatieri, the Patriots would have lost the Tuck Rule Game, and the Super Bowls against the Rams, Panthers, and Eagles.  Vinatieri kicked the game-winning field goals against the Rams and Panthers, and kicked the go-ahead FG against the Eagles.

All that anyone has ever said in Brady's defense is he's "cool," in crunch time. Frankly, I must wonder, how hard is it to stay cool when you know that you're cheating? 

'Stay cool. We can't lose. We're cheating.'

Ever since Spygate was exposed, Brady has lacked many of those "magical" drives that defined his early career, which would explain the Super Bowl debacle against the Giants in 2008.

There are even clips of Brady saying, "Always cheat."

Before Spygate, Brady was a cheater. After Spygate, he had the fortune of throwing to Randy Moss, whom has been involved in record setting offenses of the 1999 Vikings and the 2007 Patriots.

Moreover, Moss also made Daunte Culpepper a star, whom challenged the single-season TD record in 2004, only for it to be taken by Peyton Manning.

Difference being that the Patriots have no class. They ran up the score in 2007, many times.

Stunningly, in 2004, Manning could have broken the record for TDs in a season against the Ravens, after Baltimore turned-over the ball in its red zone. Yet, Manning took a knee to end the game because the Colts did not need the points.  After the game, Ray Lewis thanked Manning for not running-up the score.

In 2009, we have seen Brady for what he really is; a classless shrew that laughed in the face of Lewis, because Brady knows that the NFL will protect his sorry butt to the detriment of other players.

As well, you can't judge Brady by his Super Bowl rings in the argument for the Hall of Fame. The Hall has made a precedent of excluding players with multiple rings (Jim Plunkett, Terrell Davis, etc.) that don't have the stats they love, or who seem to be the product of a system or other forces.

Brady has certainly benefited from forces other than his questionable abilities. You can't point to Brady's stats since 2007 without considering the impact of Randy Moss.

And you can't look to Brady's stats before 2007 without considering the influence of Spygate and NFL rules that have inflated passing stats.  You also can't look to Brady's Super Bowl "heroics" without considering Vinatieri and Spygate.

Some might say that Moss stunk in Oakland, which is partly true, but it clearly resulted from a lack of desire. Moss submitted to the muckraking by Raider haters, and thus tuned out until he was traded.

Personally, I think that the only quarterbacks from this era that belong in the Hall of Fame are Peyton Manning, Donovan McNabb, and maybe Kurt Warner.  Maybe.

The only Patriots that belong in the Hall of Fame are Robert Kraft, Bill Belichik, Adam Vinatieri, Corey Dillon, Willie McGinest, Richard Seymour, and Randy Moss.

And that is why Tom Brady is clearly the most overrated quarterback of all time.  Brady is the greatest quarterback, not by a mile. 

To believe such, is just delusion.


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