posted on Nov, 3 2007 @ 10:19 PM
reply to post by chissler
I missed this earlier. It's an oft heard comment that Brady has always had to operate with a receiving corps comprised of fry cooks and fill-in DBs.
Yet I can clearly recall Deion Branch being pretty good, and a fair number of sports writers saying Troy Brown was Mr. Clutch Mr. Everything
Invaluable Captain Wonderful. No, he's never had a Randy Moss. And in terms of pure raw physical talent, neither has Manning. The Manning-Harrison
combo is as much a result of an insane amount of work together and mutual respect and trust as it is anything else. Harrison is an awesome Hall of
Famer, but I think the likelihood of Manning being great without Harrison is a greater than Harrison being great without Manning. Just my opinion.
I think Brady's a great QB. I think by the time it's all over, he may be arguably regarded as the best ever. But he hasn't done it alone. He's
always had a pretty fair group of receivers, and a mighty fine O-line and a pretty good (or better) defense for support. In other words, he hasn't
had to do the Marino lone gunslinger deal.
Brady and Manning are 1-2 with anyone else no better than a distant 3rd at this point. And Brady's definitely having a statistical season for the
ages this year.
As a hardcore Colts fan, I should probably hate the Pats. But I can't. They're just too damn fun to watch and too good to not appreciate. Plus,
as a football fan, I love games like this one and am just thankful my team's one of the ones involved.
We've suffered through seasons from mediocre to atrocious before we became one of the perrennial playoff teams, then plenty of years where we
couldn't win the Big One. The Manning - Dungy Curse.
Well that's behind us now, and playing in the Dome in front of the loudest crowd in the NFL, undefeated and defending World Champions. I like our
chances. A lot.