Tom Brady should win the award for NFL’s Most Valuable Player at the end of the 2013 Regular Season.
Instead, Peyton Manning will receive the award.
Take a look at Manning’s numbers today. He has thrown for 4,522 yards, along with 45 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.
How about we remember who he gets to pass to every time out on the field: Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker, Julius Thomas, and Jacob Tamme. Granted, Manning and Tamme developed a connection in Indianapolis, so I believe Peyton is the reason the tight end has had a somewhat successful career.
His wide receivers and other tight end, Orange Julius, however, are the reasons Manning has been able to stay so successful with the Broncos. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still an unbelievable quarterback in my eyes. However, tell me another starting QB in the NFL who wouldn’t be able to have a solid season in Denver with these weapons; I’m not saying Manning-like but good numbers. Maybe we throw Josh McCown into the conversation now? Just kidding, I’m keeping Bears talk out of this one.
Before I bring up Brady’s current numbers, I know some people’s reaction to this idea will be, “Since Tom Brady put up great numbers in 2007, Manning should win it this year, right?”
First off, let’s credit Brady’s numbers that year; he put up 4,806 yards with 50 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Manning will no doubt pass his totals, unless two things happen: the Chargers shut down Manning tomorrow night (not happening), or, at some point within the next couple Sundays, the Broncos shut down Manning for rest.
Before making the assumption that Brady’s receivers were just as good in ’07 as Manning’s today, everyone needs to check out what options he had in his arsenal. Randy Moss was at the end of his career but still had something left, no doubt. However, without having Tom Brady, one of the best deep ball passers in NFL history, Moss was garbage. When the Patriots started to go with a more conventional offense within the next couple of seasons, we saw what Moss had left in the tank, especially once he went off to Minnesota and Tennessee.
Brady also was throwing to guys like Donte’ Stallworth, Jabar Gaffney. Need I say more?
Oh, he also had Wes Welker. I hope there is recognition that Brady made Welker into one of the best slot receivers the NFL has seen in decades.
The Patriots QB has only thrown for 3685 yards, 21 touchdowns and 9 interceptions this season. Yet, there is such much more to dive into than statistics.
At the beginning of this season, Brady was constantly throwing to receivers who fans, including myself, had never heard of. The Patriots win versus the Saints stands out to me the most. Brady targeted: Aaron Dobson, Julian Edelman, Michael Hoomanawanui, Kenbrell Thompkins, who caught the game winning touchdown, and Austin Collie, Manning’s former buddy in Indianapolis.
Shane Vereen has turned into one of the most dynamic running backs in football after returning from injury as well; he recorded 13 catches last Sunday in the win over the Browns. Tell me another QB that can utilize their back like that, especially after Rod Gronkowski, the All-Pro tight end, went down with the torn ACL.
No QB, not even Matt Cassel, could be even somewhat successful in the Patriots offense this season, considering all of the injuries Brady had to deal with to begin the year.
It’s time the NFL MVP is used to consider the impact of individual players, not just to glorify individual numbers.