I could not disagree more with Whitlock on his contention that Tom Brady is the better quarterback of his era, the past 10 years. There are several fronts on which Whitlock's argument falls woefully short. The passing numbers do not support Whitlock. The win-loss records of Manning and Brady offer little support to Whitlock, and work against the Brady argument if excluding Super Bowl wins from the evaluation criteria. The physical skills of each quarterback offer no support to Whitlock's position.
|Would you really want Brady to have your back in a fight before Peyton Manning? REALLY? 1|
Whitlock's article contains too much supporting evidence from the 2010 season. For as fine and established a columnist as Whitlock is, this is the kind of fallacy for which my 10th grade English teacher, Ms. Coleman, would have knocked me down a letter grade before bothering to check my spelling and grammar. Peyton Manning has been a starter in the NFL since his rookie year in 1998, after being drafted first overall by former Colts Head Coach, Jim Mora, Sr. Tom Brady has been a starter since hijacking the job from longtime starter and team leader Drew Bledsoe in the early weeks of the 2001 season, following a freak injury caused by a cheap shot from a New York Jets player, in an effort by Bill Belichick to take out the last of the meaningful leadership structure of former Patriots Head Coach Bill Parcells. There are nine other seasons in which both men have recorded meaningful playing time.
|I am sure Brady has a good answer to, "What have you done for me lately?" for Gisele and she is...amply...rewarding his efforts.|
|Peyton Manning is no Tom Brady? Jason Whitlock is no Gisele. Sorry, pal, you need to hold the bar higher for Tom than Gisele does. Unlike Gisele, you should not reward Tom for answering the same question.|
Whitlock then transitions to comparing intangibles such as toughness and leadership. This argument is more relevant to the topic, but is selective and biased, in my opinion. Whitlock offers Brady's superior playoff record, Brady's leadership in transitioning the team away from a "locker room cancer" like wide receiver Randy Moss, and standing in the pocket and taking a hit as examples of Brady's advantages.
This is far from an apples-to-apples comparison. Brady's record in the playoffs does dwarf that of Manning prior to 2005, during the Patriots' Super Bowl winning years. Manning does not play defense and neither does Brady. The Colts defense, prior to the breakout years of defensive end Dwight Freeney and safety Bob Sanders in 2006, could not be fairly described as "mediocre", let alone "good".
The Patriots won their three Super Bowls in 2001, 2003, and 2004 primarily because of a lights-out defense that had playmakers like Ty Law, Rodney Harrison, Lawyer Milloy, Bryan Cox, Mike Vrabel, Ted Johnson, Willie McGinest and Tedy Bruschi. Did you forget about these guys, Mr. Whitlock? C'mon man! Tom Brady had The Tuck Rule and spy video surveillance of opposing defenses. Credit Brady for effectively managing those games and helping the Patriots win, but Brady was replaceable (as Drew Bledsoe, for example, helped earn the win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2001 AFC Championship game in relief of a fragile and injured Brady) during those years and the defensive contributions were irreplaceable. So the Super Bowl argument for Brady vs. Manning falls on deaf ears with me.
|Hey Tom! A little credit, please?|
Whitlock's argument regarding the Randy Moss situation is also flawed. First of all, Tom Brady ascended, indisputably, to the ranks of the elite because of Randy Moss, in my opinion. Prior to Moss' arrival in 2007, Brady was a super-efficient game manager that snatched anything the opposing defense left on the table, but Brady did not create and MAKE plays, like Manning, and he took very few risks. Enter Randy Moss.
Brady throws for 50 touchdowns, Moss only caught 23 of them. I think having Moss as an option flipped the switch "on" for Brady having the confidence to stretch the field and the ability to recognize when he can do it. So making Moss into a boogie man (which had far more to do with the front office than the locker room) is weak. I also think it is an unfair comparison to Manning. When did Manning ever have to get in front of an embarrassing situation with a teammate? He didn't! So...who really is the better "leader" if this is the standard by which one is judged?
A "Man's" Man!!!!
Whitlock offers an example how Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fought off Baltimore Ravens superfreak linebacker Terrell Suggs with one hand and played against the Ravens with a broken nose. In contrast, he claims that Manning nervously throws the ball into coverage and goes through greater lengths to avoid contact than Brady.
First of all, the object is to NOT get hit and possibly hurt, jeopardizing your team's season. Getting your nose broken is tough. It is also stupid if you have a means of defending yourself. Tom Brady knows all too well the consequences of taking a hit, as he missed (nearly) the entire 2008 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. That season, the Patriots missed the playoffs for the first time in six years.
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|Man's man: smart 5|
|Man's man or Bieber-Man? 6|
|C'mon man!!!! 7|
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