Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks on during the fourth quarter of New England

Tom Brady Ranked As The Best Quarterback In The League By NFL Insiders

Is Tom Brady an elite quarterback?

If you ask the general NFL fan, they will say yes, absolutely. Is he the best? Now that is where it gets tricky.

In my opinion, he is still the best signal caller in the game. Sure, he doesn’t have the arm talent of Aaron Rodgers, he doesn’t have the youth of Russell Wilson, or the numbers of Peyton Manning. But if I get one guy to win me a football game, I am going with Brady. However that is not how every fan will feel. Obviously team bias always comes into play when talking about something like this, but Brady is generally not thought of as the best by the average fan.

Recently ESPN came out with a survey conducted by Mike Sando, as he attempted to figure out who was the best in the league. Sando asked 26 league insiders to grade each starting quarterback, where they would then be broken into tiers.

And guess who came out on top? Tom Brady.

For such a good player, Brady certainly takes a ton of heat from the fans, and the media. Whether it is about his declining numbers, limited athletic skills, “help” from the refs, or even his lifestyle, everybody wants a piece of the ‘Golden Boy’. But it is good to see that the people that matter in the NFL, the people that run the teams, acknowledge Brady’s legendary skill-set.

An article published by Sam Monson earlier this offseason started up a big debate regarding Brady, and his status as an elite quarterback. Sando addressed this in his study:

I was deep into this project when ESPN Insider published Sam Monson’s piece highlighting Brady’s diminished production while under pressure. Monson questioned Brady’s status as one of the top five QBs. Still, none of the people I spoke with thought Brady had slipped to a significant degree. Twenty-five of the 26 voters put him in the first tier.

I am not trying to disrespect the other elite signal callers in the game. I have a ton of respect for Manning, Rodgers, and Brees. All three of those guys are terrific players, and deserve to be at the top of the list. But they are simply not Brady.

Last year, he took a team ravaged by injury all the way to the AFC Championship game, and came very close to advancing on to the Super Bowl. This was a team that didn’t have a fraction of the talent that Peyton’s did, yet they both ended up in the same spot. Show me the next time Manning takes a team of that caliber to the AFC Championship game, and then we can re-evaluate this debate.

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  • Jacob Barefoot

    Brilliant read, probably because i’m a pats fan, but nevertheless i feel it does actually speak some truth in regards to player rankings and what not. It somewhat appalls me the lack of respect and hate some players receive for really no reason. Brady’s a fantastic example. People, i’m pretty sure, love to hate the guy. Which i see impossible if you’re a true fan of the game because he really does showcase some ideal ‘text-book’ qualities of a QB and football player. I think it has to be said that every QB should be evaluated based on what they can do best. Manning has the stats and super stars around him to strive, followed by a well oiled team that severely aid his sucess. Rodgers also has some nice weapons, a great arm and accuracy. But none of these guys have had all that striped from them and asked to still put numbers. He can lead a shitty team (at times) and still have the success manning and rodgers can. Brilliant player and always will be, i think people just need to become a little more humble and apprecitate other players in the league, not just they’re own team. Thankyou for this.

  • Paul V. Suffriti

    Good article….thanks

  • jimjn

    Just the facts please. Well said and written article. Brady is the best of the best!!!

  • rashenulthot

    Two things Brady has had consistently throughout his career is an OLine that gives him great lanes, not just time, to see downfield. When he is pressured his stats drop significantly. And the best coach of his era, BB. I am not particularly fond of BB but he adapts and morphs with his talent base better than any coach I have seen in the last 15 years. Brady usually has a solid running game to help as well, due to that same OLine. So yes, he has at time had a lack of quality targets but he has almost always had time to find someone open. If you have time to make all your checkdowns, someone will be open. I rank Brady up with the other boys but I do think he has had the benefit of a great system that others have not. Peyton has consistently had the better receiving toys but I have never been impressed with the tactical decisions of his coaches and his defences have been pretty ugly. And solid running games are something he has not been blessed with either.