Finally, I can answer this one...reached my daily limit when this was put up.
If you've seen any of my other answers, you'll know that I am a die-hard Packer fan. But, putting personal loyalties aside, I have to say Brady.
I'm assuming by your question that you mean who is the better of the two RIGHT NOW. If you take them at the peak of their careers, Brett wins hands down because between 1995-1998, he was by far and away the best QB in the league, with records that Brady has yet to match.
(Yeah, fans of Elway, Marino, Montana and Young will probably disagree, but 16391 yards, 143 TD passes (against just 65 picks), an approximate QB rating of 93.9, not missing a start, one Super Bowl ring, three consecutive MVPs, and leading the league twice in passing yards and three times in TD passes during this four-year span tells its own story. And yes, I know Brady has three rings in four, but football is a TEAM sport, something the Patriots themselves are fond of reminding us.)
But, as you all know, the NFL is very much a "what have you done for me lately" business. Brett has played to a high level, he's tough as nails, and has a never-say-die attitude, but even the most fervent of Brett sympathisers have to admit that his skills are declining. He has gone back to the gun-slinging days of old, and he feels like he has to do too much. And as I said in a previous answer, he was in too much of a comfort zone under Mike Sherman. Hopefully Mike McCarthy and his new QB coach can reverse that trend.
Brady, on the other hand, has done more with less. During the Patriots dominance, he has had to work with RBs and WRs who have at times been less than Pro Bowl standard, the type of players that fit the system and buy into what Belichick has preached to them.
He has shown considerable poise on the field, and directing those two drives to put Adam Vinatieri in a position to win Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII with his boot showed a calm and a maturity that belied his (still young) years. It's just a shame for him that he plays in an era where Peyton Manning is putting up all kinds of obscene numbers, otherwise we would be praising Tom Brady much more.
Truth is, both the Pack and the Pats have had to deal with numerous injuries on both sides of the ball in recent years, plus a supporting cast which have bordered on the no-name at times, but you cannot argue that in the last few years, Brady rather than Brett has done more with less.
In a nutshell: In his prime, no-one could touch Brett, but right now, it HAS to be Brady. Sorry fellow Pack fans, but take off your rose-tinted spectacles and admit the truth.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Favre for the stats.
http://www.primecomputing.com/ to calculate the QB ratings.
· 1 decade ago