— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) July 21, 2014
I feel like I have written 1,000 articles on this topic over the course of this offseason, so hopefully this will be the last time I have to educate the doubters.
There shouldn’t be any debate around the league regarding who the top two signal callers are in the NFL. If you think someone else should be rated higher than Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, then you may need to see a doctor. The real debate comes when deciding who should be higher between these two. I have maintained that Brady is the better quarterback, but I am never surprised when I see Manning ranked higher.
People love stats. I can understand that. There are few things cooler than watching a quarterback throw for 400 yards, or six touchdowns. But winning football games, and doing more with less is how we really should judge the quarterbacks in this league.
Tom Brady took a team that was absolutely ravaged by injury to the AFC Championship, and nearly got them into the Super Bowl. If you would have given Brady the weapons that Manning had last year, he would have smashed every record in the book, and he would have taken home his fourth Lombardi trophy.
I’m not trying to disrespect Peyton. He is a great player, and will go down as one of the best the game has ever seen. But he is no Tom Brady.