Tale of two QBs

With the football season around the corner I’ve decided to compare two great quarterbacks and their amazing careers.

The first quarterback has played 7 seasons. We’re going to take a look at his regular season numbers over the years, his average per season, accolades and playoff record.

QB #1
W-L   Rate   TD-INT  Yards  CMP%
11-3   86.5    18-12     2843    63.9
9-7     85.7    28-14     3764    62.1
14-2   85.9    23-12     3620    60.2
14-2   92.6    28-14     3692    60.8
10-6   92.3    26-14     4110    63.0
12-4   87.9    24-12     3529    61.8
16-0 117.2    50-8       4806    68.9

Average
12-4    92.6    28-12    3766    62.9

Accolades
4x All-star
1x MVP

Post-season
W-L
14-3

Super Bowl
3-1
2x SB MVP

Just an amazing career, not many flashy numbers outside of his MVP campaign but has shown he’s reliable, can get it done, and win.

Now the second quarterback has played one more season, but you’ll be surprised by his playoff numbers.

QB #2
W-L    Rate   TD-INT  Yards  CMP%
10-6    96.2    28-13     4398    65.7
14-2  111.0    36-4       3900    65.9
13-3  105.6    39-12     5235    65.6
12-4    98.7    34-8       4827    63.0
12-4    87.3    25-11     4343    60.5
12-4    97.4    33-9       4109    64.1
12-4   102.2   36-7       4770    64.4
11-1   112.2   28-2       3554    67.4

Average
12-4   101.3   32-8       4392    64.6

Accolades
8x All-star
Comeback player of the year
1x MVP

Post-season
W-L
11-6

Superbowl
2-1
2x MVP

Now those are some flashy numbers, especially having twice as many all-star nods, but playoff record is slightly worse and the one less title sticks out.

Now if you haven’t figured it out by now, these two quarterbacks are actually one. And if you’re still wondering who it is, it’s Tom Brady. What I’ve done here is compare pre-injury Brady with post-injury Brady to show how different of a player he became.

As you can see before the knee injury Tom didn’t have those MVP caliber numbers, untill Randy Moss came to town. Come postseason he would win and was never knocked out in the first round. He also set the record for consecutive playoff wins with 10, and that was to start his career. His game involved allot more shorter passes then, he also had a much stronger running game with Antoine Smith, Corey Dillon, and old reliable Kevin Faulk. The run game didn’t start getting shaky untill his MVP campaign. His accuracy wasn’t as good either, with having to get the ball out quicker and into tighter coverage, hence the way more interceptions. This is because with a more run based offense back then the linemen were better run blockers and tended to give up the rush easier making Brady throw it away.

After the knee injury you can see how his numbers became more MVP like. The reason being, running game again, with the best season from a running back being last year by Lagarrette Blount. Because of this Brady has had to throw the ball more. You probably wonder how his completion percentage improved with having to throw more, that is because the organization has worked harder at building a passing O-line to give Brady that time, and he holds the ball more to take a sack rather then tossing it away with the possibility of it being picked. Another key factor into the better passing game is trust, he feels more comfortable throwing down field cause he knows his guys can come down with it, thank you Randy. His playoff record and the first round knock outs his first two seasons back were mainly due to he had returned from knee surgery, and the fact that MVP campaign was all about not turning the ball over, it finally happened, so came the loss.

This comparison shows how Tom Brady has improved with age and has never stopped winning, all after coming back from that ACL surgery. There’s no end in sight it seems, with every year over the past four seasons doing nothing but improve and keep up that tradition of winning.

Homer out