Yes I said it. Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr., better known as Tom Brady, is the greatest quarterback to ever play the game. Before you comment:
You're a biased Patriots fan (I surely have a little, I get that)
Tom Brady sucks
(Dylan, Rhino, DTR, Mustache guy, etc.) you're a moron
You should at least hear me out. I get that I'm a fan, but I'm looking to show you with statistics and facts that his case is as strong as anyone to be the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.
Brady, through his 13+ seasons, with one as a backup and one having suffered a season ending knee injury week 1, he is 9th in career passing yards, 7th in pass completions, 5th in touchdowns, 10th in completion percentage, 2nd in interception percentage, and 3rd in passer rating. These statistics already put Brady into the discussion. He has won 3 Super Bowls, 5 AFC Championships, 10 AFC East titles, 2 Super Bowl MVPs (though the first should belong to Ty Law), 2 NFL MVPs, 8 Pro Bowls, 2 1st Team All Pro appearances, and owns the record for passing touchdowns in a season. Brady has the record for most Super Bowl appearances as a QB along with John Elway, has started more playoff games than any quarterback in NFL history (and he's got more), has the most playoff victories, and is tied for second in Super Bowl victories for a QB. He had a 21 game win streak and recorded the only 16-0 regular season in NFL history.
Bill Belichick, hailed as a genius (he is), was 42-58 as a head coach before Brady. With Brady, he is 139-38, which is the best winning percentage of any QB in the history of the game. Brady's wins have allowed Charlie Weis, Josh McDaniels, and Bill O'Brien to earn highly coveted head coaching positions. O'Brien has started strong, but the other two have struggled without Brady.
Brady has a higher passer rating than Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, and John Elway, three of the men in the discussion. Brady has a better touchdown to interception ratio and interception % than all of those guys, and does it in the cold, unpredictable conditions of Foxboro, unlike Peyton Manning, who played the majority of his career in a dome with controlled conditions. Brady has less interceptions than Montana in more passing attempts, and is 85 interceptions behind Manning in that department.
Unlike Joe Montana, who had Jerry Rice, as well as a vast array of offensive talent, and Peyton Manning, who had Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, Brady won his Super Bowls with players who are easily forgotten. Brady won his Super Bowl titles with receiving cores of Troy Brown and David Patten, Deion Branch and Troy Brown, and Deion Branch and David Givens. Pretty forgettable. The first year Brady had a vertical passing threat he broke the single season record for touchdown passes, showing he can stretch the field and run an offense that thrives on short passes.
People point to the defense, which was exceptional during the first Super Bowl run, but in the years of Brady's Super Bowl wins they were 21st, 26th, and 24th in YPG on defense. The Patriots made the Super Bowl in 2012 with the league's worst statistical defense. Brady, though defenses that have been overrated by eyesight, has continued to win.
He has a winning record against Peyton Manning, the other top QB of the era, has more playoff wins (obviously), more playoff game winning drives, and more playoff comebacks. Manning turns over the ball more often than Brady, has been surrounded by better offensive talent (this should be understood), and has the most postseason losses in NFL history. Manning has the edge in raw yards and touchdowns, but when looking at advanced metrics like DYAR and DVOA (check out football outsiders), Brady has been the best and most consistent quarterback in recent years.
Brady has achieved success through changes in his coaches and personnel. At one point in time Reche Caldwell (2006) led the team in receptions. Read that again, Reche Caldwell, yet the Patriots still went 12-4. Brady, with all these pieces missing, whether it was lack of a consistent running game, or having your number one target be Doug Gabriel (remember him...), has never had a losing season as a starter. Manning, Montana, and Elway all have.
The thing is, I'm missing pieces of the argument. If I wanted to devote an entire article to Brady vs. Manning, or Brady vs. anyone, I would. Based on statistics, changes in staff and personnel, wins, field conditions, and consistency, Tom Brady is the best quarterback of all time.