THE GOAT OR NO
Tom Brady is considered by most to be the best QB to ever play the game, or at the very least, in the discussion. We don’t think so. In fact we think he is kind of a bum that just happens to have a clutch gene.
We can understand however, that for those that measure greatness by championship rings, it is a pretty hard argument to make against Tom Brady. Here is exactly why Brady is the most overrated player in NFL history…
PRODUCT OF HIS ENVIRONMENT
If you look back in the Patriots’ history, you will find plenty of examples of other quarterbacks that had to step in for Brady looking like they should be top tier caliber QB’s on other teams. Two active examples of this are Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett. Both looked amazing when stepping in for Brady in New England, both were paid as such with new teams, and both ended up looking average at best.
In fact, Brady himself was an example of this when he stepped in for an injured Drew Bledsoe way back when. Bledsoe looked great in New England as well, but then went on to look fairly bad in Dallas. It’s the culture in New England to make mediocre players look great.
All of this is to say that despite the hoopla about Brady being a great quarterback and having more weapons than he has ever had, he is missing the biggest asset he has had in his career and that is the system he had in place with New England. The Bucs will finish last in their division and Brady will have a QBR lower than Winston did in 2019. That number was 84.3.
CHECK DOWN CHARLIE
The next reason that Brady is overrated is that he throws the ball within five yards of the line of scrimmage more than most. The offense in New England was geared as a run first offense. They were always completely content leaning on the run game. This is not something that gets readily spoken of because rarely do they have any backfield players that shine on their own. The Pats have mostly been a backfield by committee team.
When Brady does have to pass the ball he is usually doing so ahead of the sticks due to great game planning and able to check the ball down underneath the zones or on shallow pick plays that in turn make a very mediocre slot WR look amazing as well, see Wes Welker and Julian Edelman.
PLAYING WITH A LEAD
The last reason that we will highlight is the fact that Brady was benefited by having a solid defense his entire stay in New England. Even in seasons where the defense was not ranked highly in yards allowed, they were almost always a favorable defense in terms of takeaways.
This obviously is advantageous to any QB, as it allows them additional opportunities to put points on the board and keeps the opponent’s offense off the field with the amount of clock the Pat’s offense is capable of chewing.
HELLO DARKNESS, GOODBYE LIGHT
Despite having more weapons than he has ever had in his career in Tampa, Brady will be missing the key ingredients that have contributed to his success. This will leave him looking very mediocre and the Bucs will miss the playoffs by a mile.
Gone will be the defense that keeps providing opportunity and allows him to throw with a lead. Gone will be the system and coaching he was benefited by in New England. In fact it will be replaced by an organization that allows their quarterback to play an entire contract with the vision of the three blind mice. Finally, and we didn’t even get to mention this point until now, he will no longer have clean, beautiful pockets that he was privileged enough to enjoy in New England.
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