21st best in the league? I beg to differ.

 Yep, you read right. According to PFF, there are 20 NFL players better than TB. Those twenty players are yet to be revealed, but I am sure interested to see who they are. In the same poll last year Brady ranked 13th. What exactly about his 34 TD/8INT season where he was once again amongst the league's best in nearly every statistical quarterbacking category  cause him to slip down eight spots here? The list doesn't provide much depth for the reasoning, only really alluding to Brady's recent playoff inconsistency as cause for his somewhat surprising ranking:

Brady would finish the regular season as our third-ranked quarterback, but his inability to up (or maintain) his game in the postseason ensured he couldn’t finish any higher. For the first 16 games of the season he was in fine form, dissecting defenses as he threw for 4,827 yards and 34 touchdowns with just eight interceptions.

Now listen, I'm not about to say Brady hasn't been shaky in big games the past couple of years; but he belongs much, much higher on this list. I think there is a strong case that he belongs in the Top 5. I don't think many would argue against the statement that QB is the most important position in the modern NFL. And aside from Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning; I don't think there are any other QB's who play, and have played at the elite level Brady has since becoming a starter. The dude has literally never had a bad statistical season, and with one more ring the argument could legitimately be made that he is the greatest of all time at the position.


Liam Cunningham 5/06/2013 08:17:00 PM Edit

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