Kirk Minihane is the fantasy sports expert at WEEI.com, the website for New England mega-radio giant WEEI, your home for Patriots butt-smooching. Kirk is a good guy and an avid reader of Stampede Blue. We thank Kirk for this as we are an avid reader of anyone who works at a place like WEEI and has the brass cojones to publish an article saying Peyton Manning is the third greatest quarterback ever in the history of the NFL. The player right behind him, at fourth best?
3. Peyton Manning
It comes down to this: Manning has played 192 games in his career, Brady 129. That's a 63-game spread, not insignificant. Even if you think Brady has had the better career (which is a perfectly legitimate stance) is this difference great enough to make up nearly four full seasons of Manning? Having watched these two guys over the last decade-plus I just don't see how that could be.
Kirk goes on to say that Brady, listed at #4, is more consistent overall that the top three QBs (Joe Montana, John Unitas, and Peyton). There's some validity to that, but I think it's a bit too simplistic.
Still, the article is a good read and, predictably, New England fans are up in arms about it.
Again, we at Stampede Blue have always maintained our respect for Tom Brady. He is a truly great quarterback. Without him, Bill Belichick is likely retired now after serving yet-another stint as defensive coordinator for a Bill Parcells built team. But, Brady is, quite frankly, an inferior QB to Peyton Manning.