Lone Tree, CO Even before the Denver Broncos signed Peyton Manning, this great debate has raged. In fact, it has on a few occasions gotten a little silly. But in his latest attempt to further support his crush on Tom Brady, Simp has taken it a little too far. See, this debate is nowhere close to declaring an obvious choice as Mr. Simp did so declare in his recent article. These two future Hall of Famers are very evenly matched and if anyone has a slight edge, it would be Peyton. Obvious choices are statements like MJ over Kobe. Dream Teams and all. But Manning and Brady comparisons are too close to declare. They are both really good quarterbacks. A friend of mine recently said it like this. If you were to grade the two quarterback’s careers they both would get an A+. But one has a 97% and the other has a 98%. So here are my 7 reason why Brady is not the obvious choice and that Manning does have the edge.
7 – The Missing Year – The year Brady was hurt the Patriots went 11-5. The year the Colts went without Peyton, 2-14. This stat speaks for itself. The Patriots would do just fine with anyone at QB. I bet even Painter could get ten wins in the Patriots system.
6 – Super Bowls are important, but not that important !!! – Championships have a skewed and subjective influence on a quarterback’s career. We need only look at Dan Marino, Joe Montana, and Terry Bradshaw to contrast the effects of championship wins on a QB’s career. Had he won a Super Bowl, Marino, with his domination of the record books during his time, would very easily be considered top five all time. Instead, he is considered one of the best of all time, but he didn’t win a ring! Therefore, Danny is not in the top 5.
Then there’s Bradshaw and Montana. Both have 4 rings, both are undefeated in the Super Bowl, both directed dynasties in their respective eras, and both were voted league MVP during their careers. And yet Montana is often regarded as one of the top three, if not the best, QB of all time. And Bradshaw isn’t even in the conversation. Bradshaw gets marked down because of his stats and the steel curtain. But didn’t Joe have the west coast and arguably the best coach of all time? And it’s not like Joe’s stats are spectacular. He is 11th or 12th in the major career passing stats.
So why the discrepancy? Marino is second all time in almost every major passing category but gets marked down for not having a ring. And Bradshaw gets marked down for not having the stats, yet he is on the short list (2) of QB’s with 4 rings. One would speculate it’s because Super Bowls are just part of the equation and that most weigh a players non playoff accomplishments as well. I personally believe that one ring is necessary to be in the club because the first ring carries the most weight. The fact that Brady has two more rings than Peyton gives him an edge, but just slight edge. As we can see with Bradshaw, more championship wins do not always translate into the great debate.
5 – Peyton is the Offensive Coordinator – Brady has become a master of the Patriots system. Whereas Peyton is the system.
4 – Peyton is 2nd all time in game winning drives – Growing up watching Mr. Elway bring the Broncos back from the brink has made me really appreciate this stat. And the best come back I’ve ever personally seen was a Colts comeback against the Bucks on Monday Night Football. With around 5:00 minutes left in the 4th Peyton brought the Colts back from 21 points down. They won the game in OT. Peyton is tied for second with Elway at 46 GWD. Marino has 51. If you want to see, this stat is available on the pro-football-reference website.
3 – Peyton Manning is 3rd all time in passing yardage, TD’s, and completions - Brady will be 35 at the beginning of the 2012 season and is one year younger that Peyton. Yet Peyton has 14,849 yards more passing, 99 more TD passes, and 1285 more completions. Peyton needs just 21 more touchdowns and 285 more completions to pass Marino for 2nd all time in those categories.
2 – Peyton Manning is 2nd all time career yards passing per game – With 263.4 yards per game, Peyton is second to Brees by one yard. Brady ranks 6th with 248 YPG. In addition to that, Peyton only has two seasons where he passed for less that 4000 yards. Brady has 6 seasons with less than 4000 yards passing.
1 – Peyton Manning has 4 MVP awards – Peyton is the ONLY four time NFL Most Valuable Player. Let me say it again. The ONLY four time MVP. The short list of guys with three… Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas, and Brett Favre.
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