In light of Tom Brady's new Superbowl birth, a question arose in my mind. In the past few years, one of the measures by which Manning's greatness has been compared to Tom Brady's by their supporting casts. Several have claimed that Brady is greater than Manning because he always had nobodies to work with, while Peyton always had the greatest of supporting casts. Fast forward to this year. What ever happened to Manning's great "supporting cast?" No one had much to say about any of these guys that were so great. No one put up phenomenal numbers to that extent that people would say that Manning was a one man team. This assessment does not jibe with the earlier one. In fact, it seems like Manning has made that great supporting cast great only because of his own talent level. We didn't see that same thing when Brady was out for his season. Now, I don't want to try to compare Brady and Manning and ask who is better. I think it is a moot point, and completely useless to pursue. Both are so much greater than most of the other 30 quarterbacks that this fact in and of itself says more than is necessary. But did everyone forget that until recently critics were claiming that the other ten men on the field with Manning were far superior to Tom's ten confidants, thus, making Tom's play far superior and far more important than Peyton's? I think that assessment missed the mark significantly.