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Brady is the best: Manning is officially second fiddle to Pats counterpart

There are 77 comments on the NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA story from Jan 17, 2008, titled Brady is the best: Manning is officially second fiddle to Pats counterpart. In it, NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA reports that:

You give Tom Brady a break, especially during crunch time, and you might as well shut off the lights, because the party is over. via NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

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Sticks and stones

Johnston, RI

#1 Jan 18, 2008
Bill Burt is the first journalist that I've see have the guts to come out and say it, then make a reasonable arguement to back it up. Great job, Bill!

Too bad Bill writes for a New England paper because poeple will try to discredit what he says for that reason. But he is right on the money. I guess that it would take a New Englander to have enough balls to print something like this which goes against the spin that every other sports writer is trying to sell...very refreshing.
patsfan111111

Lady Lake, FL

#2 Jan 18, 2008
i have been making this argument for years, especially this year. but still i get the manning supporters saying "he has more tds and yards than brady...", but not as many rings. this article just reinforces my points of the past that its what you do in the playoffs and in big games during the regular season that defines your legacy.
take manning in 07 for an example. the top seeds in this years playoffs that they could play in the regular season were new england and san diego. manning had 3 td's and 7 int's in those two games. these were games that realistically could have changed the seeding of the playoffs. and they did. fast forward to sunday and manning did it again. two interceptions and a very makeable pass that clark dropped to keep the game alive. i wont be that bad and blame manning all the way for that drop since clark should have caught that. funny how that pass, minus distance down the field, was almost identical to brady's 53 yard completion to stallworth hitting him in full stride. clark had noone behind him and if that ball is placed a little better, indy is in new england this sunday.
same with the new england game in november. manning had another chance to drive and win the game on the last possession and he coughed it up with a fumble and they lost.
manning no doubt has great individual stats but when you have top draft picks your whole career, isnt that expected? manning also has the luxury of playing at least 6 games a year(8 this year) in domes. its easy to launch a 70 yard pass when you dont have to worry about bad footing, weather, sun in the eyes, wind, snow, rain, etc.
what i dont get is why manning cant do it with everything stacked in his favor. think about it.
he plays all home games in perfect weather, he is very accurate, he has a great coach and has had two hall of fame running backs in faulk and james, and possibly addai in the future, and top ten draft picks surrounding him for basically his whole career. this sounds like the cowboys and 49ers of the past two decades. yet when the pressure mounts, even in a regular season game, he just cant step it up. its one of those things about team sports. individual talent in the combine and scouting reports will get you to the pros but once you get there its all about what you do under pressure and for some reason he just cant make it happen when the game is on the line.
now take brady. he is 12-2 in the playoffs without moss and 13-2 with his "star players" this year. he is undefeated at home in the playoffs, just set the completion percentage record for the playoffs and we all know what he did this year. but look at the past players that have surrounded him for 4 afc championships and 3 superbowls. they are basically nobodys. no star or household name. now look at his stats compared to mannings with three less years of experience and by far less talent. brady has never had a star running back. dillon was good but the pats acquired him too late in his career in my opinion. maroney may prove to be great but for now he is average yet bradys stats are still fairly close to mannings. how has he done this? simple, the pats preach the little things. its the lack of turnovers, the yards after catch, the execution on blocking assignments, the knowledge over age in the linebacker crew and quite frankly perfect fundamental football. one more thing brady has over manning is the god given ability to not feel pressure. its almost robotic the way he stays cool when defenses bring the heat.
like i said before its what you do when it matters that defines a legacy, not what you do when you play the 4-12 teams in the regular season. everyone knows the colts and pats are supposed to beat miami and oakland but its when they play each other that either elevates or deflates their status and after this article and post i believe most people understand brady is now clearly the better quarterback.
patsfan111111

Lady Lake, FL

#3 Jan 18, 2008
sorry i messed up one stat. manning has the luxury of playing at least 8 games a year, 10 this year, inside.
skidrow wilson

United States

#4 Oct 22, 2009
Sticks and stones wrote:
Bill Burt is the first journalist that I've see have the guts to come out and say it, then make a reasonable arguement to back it up. Great job, Bill!
;)
Reduced to a dollar Bill

Santa Barbara, CA

#5 Oct 22, 2009
skidrow wilson wrote:
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;)
Bill wrote that article 3 weeks before Tom Brady crashed and burned in the super bowl against the lowly Giants.
Spy Cameras

Atlanta, GA

#6 Oct 22, 2009
Its all on spy film too.
skidrow wilson

United States

#7 Oct 23, 2009
patsfan111111 wrote:
i have been making this argument for years, especially this yeari believe most people understand brady is now clearly the better quarterback.
;)

Since: Apr 08

Akron, Ohio

#8 Oct 24, 2009
Well, I think Brady is making a pretty good comeback compared to what the talking heads predicted he would do.
I understand about the Colts playing inside alot this year, while only the Jags and Panthers have to come to Gillette in December.
The Come Back

Atlanta, GA

#9 Oct 24, 2009
Everyone thinks they are good after beating the Titans this year, shit is funny
skidrow wilson

United States

#10 Nov 8, 2009
patsfan111111 wrote:
i have been making this argument for years, especially this year. but still i get the manning supporters saying "he has more tds and yards than brady...", but not as many rings. this article just reinforces my points of the past that its what you do in the playoffs and in big games during the regular season that defines your legacy.
:)
skidrow wilson

United States

#11 Nov 10, 2009
Sticks and stones wrote:
...very refreshing.
:)
Spy Cameras

Atlanta, GA

#12 Nov 10, 2009
Patriots have better spy cameras now.
Randy Moss

United States

#13 Nov 12, 2009
skidrow wilson wrote:
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I soiled my diaper again.
:(
skidrow wilson

United States

#14 Nov 12, 2009
odon Indee wrote:
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"we're not exactly rocket scientists"
we hear you little lady and we feel your pain...lol
Randy Moss

Washington, IN

#17 Nov 13, 2009
skidrow wilson wrote:
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I feel so much pain since Brady is a cry baby...lol
:)
skidrow wilson

United States

#18 Nov 13, 2009
patsfan111111 wrote:
i have been making this argument for years, especially this year.
after this article and post i believe most people understand brady is now clearly the better quarterback.
:)
Spy Cameras

Atlanta, GA

#19 Nov 13, 2009
There will be alot of film study this week, if you know what I mean.
not pat fan

Lubbock, TX

#20 Nov 15, 2009
skidrow wilson wrote:
<quoted text>
;)
pats only team ever been caught cheating"spying" on opposing teams. champions i think not lowlife's (cheaters) yes
Colts 9-0

United States

#21 Nov 15, 2009
Colts 35
Pats 34

Belicheck and Co. got burned again. Never underestimate Manning and the Colts!!
Spy Cameras

Atlanta, GA

#22 Nov 15, 2009
skidrow wilson wrote:
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Did everyone catch Bill Belichick go for it on the 30 which cost us the game?
It's all on spy film to review over and over again.

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