Tom Brady did it again this past weekend, taking a depleted offensive line and a diminished receiving corps and made the best of both. Brady threw for 302 yards and scored three touchdown Saturday, churning out a 27-20 playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brady is now one win away from playing in his seventh Super Bowl. At this point, is there any doubt that he’s the best quarterback of all time?
“Not at all,” Yahoo! Sports NFL columnist Shaun King said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Because Brady is the one guy that’s kind of overcome his personnel. It hasn’t mattered who’s been around him. He’s elevated their level of play and he’s won, what, four championships now, is it? And the guys (he’s won with) are almost drastically different. Whereas Peyton, if you’re honest with yourself, Marvin Harrison, Edgerrin James – when Reggie Wayne comes up, he’s going to get in that group – they’ve all been on the Hall of Fame ballot. I don’t know outside of Randy Moss, who had one (great) year (with the Patriots), who else has Brady played with? Gronk’s going to be on there, but outside of that, who?”
So, in that case, who deserves more credit for the Patriots’ run of success: Brady or Bill Belichick?
“It’s both,” King said. “I don’t think either one wins the championships independent of the other.”
But wouldn’t that mean, then, that Joe Montana is better than Brady since Montana would have had less help from his head coach?
“But does Joe Montana win those championships without Bill Walsh?” King asked. “Bill Walsh was an amazing architect. He was an amazing architect with that system (the West Coast offense).”
But there have to be some players who are more responsible than the head coach for the ultimate victory, right? Otherwise, every quarterback and coach would share 50/50 credit for every Super Bowl ever won.
“But here’s the thing with Brady and Belichick,” King said. “Belichick is a defensive guy. He didn’t coach any of the offenses that New England has had. Every offensive coordinator that’s left New England that people consider great has completely bombed as a head coach.”
Charlie Weis, Josh McDaniels – the list goes on.
“There’s a long list of guys,” King said, “who were (supposedly) the reason the Patriots were good on offense who have been terrible everywhere else.”
The Patriots play the Broncos in Denver for the AFC Championship this Sunday at 3:05 p.m. ET. New England lost at Denver in overtime in Week 12 with Brock Osweiler under center.