A site that will not be named recently had Tom Brady listed as the 19th best player in the NFL, and my first reaction was to dismiss it as click bait or just plain stupidity. But it got me thinking: Is Brady one of the 10 best players in the league this year?
Let’s do one thing right away, let’s throw out the MVP award that Brady won last year. It’s basically guaranteed to be won by a QB or RB. In fact, the last time a player outside of those two positions won was Lawrence Taylor in 1986. In fact, since 1957, it’s only been won by a player at a position other than QB or RB 3 times, most notably to Mark Moseley, a kicker for the Redskins. Don’t worry, you read that right, a kicker won MVP in the strike-shortened 1982 season.
Let’s also throw out the Top 100 from this year too. It makes my argument too easy. The players may have picked him as their top player, but that doesn’t necessarily make him the best player in the league. Let’s also throw out the fact that he threw for 500 yards in last year’s Super Bowl, and that he led his EIGHTH drive to either tie the game or take the lead in the 4th quarter or OT of the Super Bowl. That is, by far, the most all time. Second on the list is Eli Manning, with 2.
Let’s take all of this and throw it out the window. Let’s pretend the game is being played in a vacuum. Is there any player you want playing on your team with the game on the line? Are there 9? Let’s not overthink this. If Brady isn’t the best player in the NFL right now, he’s certainly in the top 5 and definitely in the top 10. Anyone that thinks anything different is either stupid, a hater, or just fishing for clicks.