Why Tom Brady Is Not an Elite Quarterback

Dylan HixonContributor IApril 8, 2009

Many sports fans call Tom Brady an “elite” quarterback. I have to set them straight.

You may say it’s been floating around for years that he is elite but I'm here to prove he isn't elite at all.

For starters, you can practically give a high school quarterback a ball and stand him behind the New England Patriots’ offensive line and he could pretty much complete the pass.

The only reason anyone thinks Brady is a good quarterback is because of that unbeatable offensive line that the Pats have had during his career.

The next reason he isn't an elite player is because of his "extra credit.” You can't give Brady the credit for half the passes he completes. He’s throwing to players like Randy Moss and Wes Welker that are known for going after the ball, and not having the ball thrown to them.

You may argue he throws it right to them but he doesn't. All Brady does is throw the ball as hard as he can because of Moss' overwhelming speed.

When was the last time you have seen Brady run the ball to pick up a good chunk of yardage? I can tell you quarterbacks that are called elite can and often do. The Jaguars’ David Garrard does a lot of running down the field.

Brady hasn't had many times when he gets the team back into a game. Peyton Manning single-handedly won a game for the Indianapolis Colts, and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger can go into a locker room with a team that looks like they have just about given up and then comes out with a team ready to come back and win.

He can't be named "elite" if he can't take a hit. I beat you Dan Marino or John Elway took harder hits than Brady.

If you call Tom Brady "elite" you should truly think about what he does and who helps him with his job. If you want to look at an "elite" quarterback, just look at Peyton Manning or Kerry Collins.

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