…when it comes to Quarterbacks, here is where I stand: I Love Tom Brady, Mark Sanchez is going to be the next Tom Brady, and Vince Young is a knucklehead. Brady beat Manning, Sanchez was the “Sanchize” of the Jets again and Vince Young imploded, so this past Sunday was a good day for me. I want to go back to this thing I said last week – and sports fans are emotional animals, I get it, it’s great! But whenever you do something, like on Monday Night Football, people just go crazy, because it’s the only game on. This time last week you were hearing people say “Michael Vick is unbelievable, he’s the greatest player ever, he should be this, and he should be that, he should be the MVP”
People are honestly not paying attention. As I’ve always said. Phil Jackson has been punished because he’s had good players. He’s the best coach in the league, everybody knows he’s the best coach in the league; he’s been the best coach in the league for 15 years. But he gets punished because of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. It should be noted that Doug Collins had Michael Jordan and Pippen, and he couldn’t win. Dale Harris had Shaq and Kobe, he couldn’t win.
I think Michael Vick is a great story, he’s having a great year…everybody loves his story; he’s the – for a lack of a better word, the “underdog”. I get it! He’s having a nice year. But he finally played a good defense on Sunday…no TD’s, no picks and frankly, Giants should’ve won the game, they coughed it up 5 times. Go look at what Tom Brady – much like Phil Jackson – is being punished for. “Well he’s got Bill Belicheck Andrew!” Excuse me; Michael Vick has got Andy Reid and three elite offensive talents. Tom Brady this year has beaten Joe Flacco, Big Ben, Peyton Manning, and Philip Rivers.
You know how he’s done it? He’s beaten…elite coaches, elite quarterbacks, and elite teams. In 8 of his 10 games, no interceptions! He hasn’t thrown a pick or had a turnover in 5 games. And he’s playing elite teams, elite coaches, elite quarterbacks…but you say “well he’s got Belicheck!” Again, Michael Vick has got Andy Reid, in the weaker NFC. His wins are – get this and perhaps you’ll be able to see straight – his wins are against Detroit, Jacksonville, Washington….hold on a second!!!
Brady is beating better teams, with something called Danny Woodhead, two rookie tight ends, aging Dion Branch, no deep threat and Wes Welker coming off a brutal knee surgery. Are you kidding me? What Brady is doing…he’s beating the smartest coaches, the smartest QB’s in the brutal AFC, has played every game, 8 of his 10 games…no picks! The only two games he’s had a pick – the Jets and Baltimore…could be the 1st and 2nd best teams in the NFL.
So I look at Vick and Brady’s numbers and yeah, Vick’s numbers are nice, of course he hasn’t played for a month in the middle of it all. Here is Brady, the numbers in terms of completion percentage: 76%, 70%, 60%, 61%, 80%, 78%, and 72%. Vick only twice has completed his passes 71% of the time.
Let me go back to this Brady vs. Manning thing. Peyton Manning, back in 2004 – think about what Manning has had in his career. He gets into the NFL, he’s got Marshall Faulk, later he has Edgerrin James, Marvin Harrison, 6 of 11 offensive starters are #1 draft picks. Brady has built his career with a much different set of tools. He’s New England’s ONLY offensive player to be named to a Pro Bowl in 9 YEARS!!!! Cory Dylan doesn’t count, he was an injury replacement. In 9 years, Brady has done it with no Pro Bowlers, no Marshall Faulk, no Dallas Clarke, no Harrison, no Reggie Wayne…nothing!
By the way, of the touchdown passes Brady has thrown in a Superbowl, it’s to a second rounder, a seventh rounder, an undrafted free agent from Western Carolina and a linebacker! I mean, it’s amazing – Peyton Manning by the way, has faced 21 of 31 NFL franchises at least 4 times. Who does he have the worst record against? Brady and the Patriots, he’s 6-10.
So I know that Vick is having a great year and I know Vick is wonderful to watch and I know his redemption story is amazing. Who has beaten tougher opponents with less skill around him? BRADY BY A MILE!!!! And yet were punishing him like we punish Phil Jackson, we’re punishing him because of Belicheck? Listen, Belicheck is a human being, Andy Reid – if Belicheck is the best coach, Andy Reid who is 11-0 I believe – he’s either 11-0 or 12-0 or even 13-0 off bye weeks, then Andy Reid is the 2nd best coach in the league and Philadelphia’s talent is great! Macklin’s great, Jackson is unbelievable.
So I just don’t buy into this stuff and more and more people are just coming out and saying “well Vick is the automatic for MVP”. Let me ask you this, what’s tougher, AFC or NFC? Not even close! AFC. I mean folks, the NFC West for the second time this year went 0-4 this past Sunday…for the second time! I mean, the worst team in the AFC is Buffalo, Buffalo is not terrible, and that’s the dog of the AFC. You want to know about another dog in the AFC, who is out of the playoffs? Cleveland! Cleveland is a pretty good team. They give you everything they’ve got!
In contrast, you’ve got several teams in the NFC who’ve just quit. I mean, Dallas at one point just quit, Minnesota just quit, and Carolina is done. “But Andrew, you love Brady” yeah, I do love Brady, I really really really love Brady. I think he’s unbelievable!