There has been a lot of talk recently surrounding quarterback Tom Brady, and his status as an elite quarterback. This was started by Pro Football Focus’ Sam Monson, who said Brady no longer deserved to be in the top five.
This has sparked a ton of debate regarding Brady and his elite status, with just about everybody involved with the NFL putting their two cents in.
Now Cleveland’s head coach, Mike Pettine, has checked into the conversation: (Quotes via Greg Bedard of MMQB)
“It’s beyond ridiculous,” Pettine said, fiddling with his computer. “Top five? I mean, to me, it’s one and two (Brady and Peyton Manning) and then there’s a gap and then it’s probably (Drew) Brees and (Aaron) Rodgers would be three and four, however you want to order them. Until those two (Brady and Manning) retire, they’ll be one and two and then there will be a gap.
Pettine then went as far as saying that Brady is the best, even better than Peyton Manning.
“They got it done in New England with below average offensive linemen, receivers you never heard of. But because the system is so good and the guy running it is so good, it’s going to be successful. I think he’s that way, I think Peyton’s that way. But I think Tom’s probably the best at that. It doesn’t matter who’s around him. They’re going to get yards, they’re going to get points.”
I completely agree with Pettine’s thoughts, as I recently wrote about Brady’s ability to get the most out of his team, and why that makes him the best quarterback in football. Brady had a tough year in 2013, but that was through no fault of his own. The Patriots were hit with a nasty injury bug, which forced Brady to work with a team that wasn’t nearly as talented as Manning’s was.
As Pettine said, saying that Brady is not elite is beyond ridiculous. I think that has been proven over the last couple of days.