Tom Brady has his seventh Super Bowl ring, the most of any quarterback in NFL history. With a career you could split in half and still have first-ballot Hall of Fame-worthy stats, it’s hard to deny that Brady may be the greatest of all time, aka the G.O.A.T. But football isn’t basketball or baseball. One great player or analytics aren’t going to win you a championship. A lot of moving parts have to fall in place to win a championship, much less seven. With that in mind, here are four reasons why Tom Brady is arguably (it’s all subjective, after all) not the G.O.A.T.
However you may feel about him – and we could get into the cheating and Deflategate – there’s no denying that Bill Belichick is one of the greatest football minds to ever coach the game. You could argue that it was the defense that carried Brady to many of those New England Super Bowls. Especially the last two. Brady’s last Super Bowl season in New England was almost devoid of offense. In fact, if you eliminated all offense points for the entire season they still would’ve won eight games. THAT’s how good a prime Bill Belichick defense is. And before you mention this year, the Bucs was a team so stacked any top 10 quarterback could’ve taken them to the big dance and beaten a hobbled Patrick Mahomes with a bum leg. Just sayin’.
Right Place, Right Time
Fun fact: From 2001 to 2019, New England won 17 division titles. That’s not necessarily a testament to the greatness of the Patriots. The rest of the AFC East has been a dumpster fire the past 20 years before the Bills decided to wreak havoc this past season. Imagine what Rodgers, Manning, Montana, or Aikman could’ve done with two decades worth of a weak division.
The Seattle Seahawks rack up nearly 30,000 miles of travel during most seasons. In Brady’s last season with the Patriots, they traveled just over 10,000. If you don’t think that travel doesn’t affect players, well, we’d humbly disagree and so would every NFL player come playoff time.
No disrespect, but, when your better half is worth $400 million, it’s a bit easier to take a pay cut to keep your defense stacked. Again, Just sayin’.
So you may agree with some, all, or none of the reasons given in this blog. You could even say this is less of an argument and more of a “He’d have lost all those games if the other team had scored more points!” type rant. And fair enough. That’s the best part about sports debates. We’re all entitled to our own opinion. No matter what side of the fence you land, when you talk about the G.O.A.T, Tom Brady will always be in the conversation.
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