Posted by Jtpsops on 11/29/2013 12:28:00 PM (view original):
One could also argue that Manning elevates his teammates. How highly rated was Decker before Manning arrived? Look at what he did last year with Dreesen and Tamme at TE - are they ever in the same breath as Gronk?
I'm not knocking Brady, but you constantly hear how Manning's work ethic rubs off, how he establishes a standard and elevates the commitment of his teammates. At this point, I'd say Brady is the more physically talented, but Manning is still the most intelligent and best prepared. If you could put Manning's brain in Brady's head, you'd have by far the greatest QB of all-time and then some.
I thought it is more of common knowledge that its the other way. Manning had Harrison, Wayne and Clark which in turn made him better while Tom Brady only ever had Deion Branch and some other scrubs before that season with Moss and Welker in '07.
However, the only reason to play the regular season is for the playoffs. Who gives a crap if you have great stats. If you don't win in the playoffs the whole season is a waste. Peyton Manning is 9-11 in the playoffs, Joe Flacco is 9-4. Brady is 17-7. If I was building a team to win a Super Bowl, I want Brady. Manning is a huge choker and has numerous 1st round losses as a top seed. TIM TEBOW has more playoff wins in Denver than Peyton. Also, the whole "He has Bill Bilichick" argument isn't that great. Billichick is 51-65 without Brady and 144-42 with him