The difference between Brady and most other QBs who are said to be good is that most other QBs actually are about as good as they are perceived to be. *(OK! Based on.....?)*
Their ability to make plays better than someone who replaces them.
We've been over this before. Brady is easily replaced, which we saw with Cassel. Compare that to the Colts without Peyton Manning, and you can see a HUGE difference in team success as well as statistics.
*(Actual ability...based on...?)*
Again, what does Brady bring to the table that a good replacement couldn't also bring?
He's not fast or athletic (like RGIII or Vick or whomever). He doesn't have a rifle for an arm. (like Favre and others). He isn't the greatest mind in the history of NFL QBs (like Manning) or even anything close. He hasn't transformed a losing team into a winner multiple times in different situations, or made incredibly accurate throws into tight windows on a regular basis (like Kurt Warner).
And yet again, there is the lack of a drop off when Brady is replaced by a good alternative option, such as Cassel. If he's really so **** great, the team would fail miserably in his absence, like the Colts did without Manning (before Luck).
*(No, because Dilfer wasn't a good quarterback and put up ****** stats.)*
Dilfer also didn't have the weapons Brady has had, particularly in his recent seasons and that record setting 2007 year.
Brady has three Super Bowl rings. Only three other guys can say that.
So if the Ravens won more Super Bowls with Dilfer under center, you'd consider him "elite" too. Nice to know.
He's also nailed multiple supermodels/celebrities. That has to count for something.
Yes, it counts as evidence he is a man-whore.
if you replace Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison with Randy Moss and Wes Welker, i would say you arent going to notice the difference very much.
This would be a much more interesting debate than Brady versus Manning because its a closer comparison.
I would argue Wayne and Harrison are (were) good, but Moss in his prime when he gave it his all was better than everyone. Welker in addition to all his talent was also a perfect fit for what the Pats were doing.