* I’m inside Allen Fieldhouse,awaiting the start of the Baylor-Kansas game. Brent Musburger is here to do the Big Monday game for ESPN and there are some fine looking women in the house. So who knows what could happen tonight?
Anyway, I figured I would knock out a quick blog based on something we discussed on radio this morning.
It’s my contention that very few people – outside of Bruce Haertl, apparently – like both Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
Because they have been the NFL’s two best quarterbacks for such a long time, I believe most people chose sides years ago. Either you’re a Brady guy (me) or a Manning guy (maybe you?). But you can’t like them both. You simply can’t. I won’t allow it.
You might respect both quarterbacks. I, for instance, believe Manning is an amazing football player. Even I’m not dumb enough to slight Manning when it comes to his ability.
But, as I said, I’m not a Manning guy.
Maybe it’s because I never liked the Indianapolis Colts, the team for which he spent most of his career. By the way, I like the Denver Broncos, Manning’s current team, even less.
Manning played all of those seasons with Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and tight end Dallas Clark. He had Edgerrin James in the backfield. He had everything. That doesn’t diminish Manning’s contributions; he’s the one who delivered the football to that outstanding receiving corps.
Manning is a likeable guy. I like his commercials, all 4,378 of them. He’s a bright guy who seems to have some humility.
And there was a time when I hated Brady, absolutely despised him. It was when the Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. Adam Vinatieri’s 48-yard field goal as time expired was the difference and that loss by the Rams, who were and remain my team, was a killer. I remember I had to leave on an airplane for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in the new few days after that defeat and it was all I could do to drag myself to the airport.
OK, it wasn’t quite that bad, but dramatic license is accepted for blogging.
Over time, though, I came to like Brady because of his consistency and the continued excellence of the Patriots, who are within a Sunday win over the Baltimore Ravens of reaching their sixth Super Bowl in the Brady-Bill Belichick era.
It’s difficult to look at statistics and pick the better quarterback.
Manning, who has started 49 more games than Brady, has an edge of nearly 15,000 passing yards and 102 touchdowns.
Brady, though, has a significantly better winning percentage. The New England QB is 136-39 (.777) during the regular season while Manning is 154-70 (.687).
In the postseason, the disparity is even more pronounced. Brady has quarterbacked in 23 postseason games, winning 17 (.739). Manning’s teams are just 9-11 in the postseason after Denver’s loss to Baltimore on Saturday.
So while the case can be made that Manning has been the better of the two quarterbacks, it’s a flimsy case based on the evidence. And I believe Manning has had the better supporting cast over the years. You saw what Brady did with a superstar receiver, Randy Moss, in 2007. He passed for 4,806 yards and 50 touchdowns, 23 of them to Moss. New England won all 18 of its games before being upset by the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
Loyalties to these two quarterbacks, the greatest of their generation, is intense. I know there are a bunch of Manning lovers out there and while I respect your passion the passion you have for your guy, I’m content to be a Brady guy.
Thanks for reading. Have a great night. Sorry for the lateness of this post today; been a busy one.