Originally Posted by Yasir
best ever??! wow now that's going a bit far if u ask me.. Yes he's had a phenomenal year.. but I'd rate these above him:
and maybe these: Bradshaw, P Manning, Steve Young and although I'd hate to admit it.. Troy Aikman..
Brady is excellent.. his consistency being his key strength.. but he doesn't have Marino's arm.. or Montana's leadership and hunger to succeed..
Bradshaw? You must be kidding
Great team, but...
BTW, here is what Cold Hard Football Facts say:
"At the end of New England's crushing 56-10 victory over Buffalo on Sunday night, NBC broadcaster John Madden uttered a statement that might still be considered sacrilege in many parts of the country.
“Tom Brady is playing better than Joe Montana ever did,” said Madden.
“There’s no higher compliment,” added booth-mate Al Michaels.
Madden’s words could not have been better timed.
He probably didn't know this when he made that statement, but sometime in the first quarter of Sunday night’s game, those comparisons between Brady and Montana earned quite a bit of statistical validity.
It was during the Patriots-Bills game that Brady surpassed Montana on the career passer rating list, to No. 4 all time (among players with 1,500 pass attempts, which is the minimum to qualify for official NFL records).
Brady's final numbers Sunday night looked like this: 31 for 39, 79.5 percent, 373 yards, 9.6 yards-per-attempt, 5 TD, 0 interceptions, 146.1 rating.
He is also just a statistical nose-hair shy of surpassing Peyton Manning on the all-time list.
And with their seasons going in opposite directions (Manning has a 72.2 rating in five games this year without Marvin Harrison), Brady could leap Kurt Warner and move past Manning into the No. 2 spot during the Patriots' likely destruction of the Eagles in Foxboro next Sunday.
Among the many interesting items that jump out from this collection of players is that Brady is the only cold-weather quarterback on the list. He has played more than half his games in New England, Buffalo and New Jersey. Young and Montana played in the same system in the forever springlike atmosphere of San Francisco, with road trips each season to New Orleans, Los Angeles and Atlanta (the members of the old NFC West).
Manning and Warner have spent either all or most of their careers in domes which, as we've seen, makes it easier for quarterbacks to pass consistently.
Montana and Brady are essentially in a statistical dead heat.
How Brady, Montana stack up
Comparing the QBs in the four categories that comprise the NFL passer rating
Category Brady Montana Edge
Completion percentage 63.08% 63.24% Montana
Yards per attempt 7.24 7.52 Montana
TD percentage 5.44% 5.06% Brady
INT percentage 2.41% 2.58% Brady
No matter how you measure them, the Brady vs. Montana comparison could not be more statistically even. They are within fractions of a percentage of each other in the four components of passer rating.
And Brady, like Montana, was considered something of a "game manager" early in his career and is growing statistically dominant later in his career.
Montana, for example, did not have his first true statistical breakout season until 1989, his 11th year in the league, when he won his first MVP award after piecing together the following season: 271 for 386, 70.2 percent, 3,521 yards, 9.1 yards-per-attempt, 26 TD, 8 interceptions, 112.4 rating.
Here's how that compares to Brady's statistical breakout season 10 games into the 2007 campaign, his 8th year in the league: 250 for 338, 74.0 percent, 3,059 yards, 9.1 yards-per-attempt, 38 TD, 4 interceptions, 134.0 rating.
It's important to note that Montana's 112.4 passer rating in 1989 was an NFL record (since surpassed by Steve Young's 112.8 in 1994 and Peyton Manning's 121.1 in 2004).
Brady, of course, is on pace to rewrite the passer rating record this season."