Matthew Stafford and LA Rams prove Tom Brady is not the GOAT

Robert J Hansen
Oakland Raider Charles Woodson knocking the ball out of Patriot Tom Brady's hands in the 2001 AFC Divisional playoff round(The Baltimore Sun)

Sacramento, Calif. by Robert J Hansen

Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams proved why Tom Brady is NOT the greatest quarterback of all time by beating the Bengals 23 to 20 in Super Bowl LVI.

Stafford led the Rams, with the help of Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp, down the field on a 15 play 79-yard game-winning drive in what announcer Cris Collinsworth said is, “One of the best game-winning drives in Super Bowl history.”

Of course, Brady will eventually be inducted into the Hall of Fame so is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play, but he’s not the GOAT. Brady holds the record for the most passing yards, completions, and attempts.

Twelve seasons with the Detroit Lions and Stafford couldn’t win a playoff game but in his first season with a quality team, he won the Super Bowl.

To say he is the best because he has won the most Super Bowls gives him too much credit for what took 52 other professional athletes to achieve.

That is because football is the consummate team sport that gives individual players less impact on their team’s overall success, unlike basketball or hockey.

Dan Marino is also one of the best quarterbacks of all time but only went to one Super Bowl.

Payton Manning only won two Super Bowls in his career and never had as many premier wide receivers or tight ends as Brady did.

Eli Manning and the New York Giants defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII for the Patriots’ only loss of the entire season. The Giants also beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, suggesting Eli Manning is a better quarterback than Brady, but nobody thinks that.

Tom Brady always had a stellar offensive line and plenty of weapons from Randy Moss, to Chad Johnson, Julian Edelman, Brandon Lloyd, and Troy Brown to throw to, just to name a few.

Let’s not forget that he played under Bill Belichick who is arguably one the best coaches in sports history who could have won with ten other quarterbacks.

“But he won Tampa Bay,” many would say.

Except when Brady went to the Bucs he brought Rob Gronkowski, who came out of retirement, with him. Tampa Bay also added Antonio Brown.

Imagine if Brady only had Mike Evans to throw to when he got to Tampa Bay.

Then there is the controversial and infamous “Tuck Rule” game against the Patriots and the then Oakland Raiders.

Trailing 13-10 with just under two minutes left in the game, Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson hit Brady, who lost control of the football and was initially ruled a fumble on the field, with Oakland recovering.

It was then ruled a forward pass and the Patriots would go on to win the game against the Raiders in overtime 16-13.

Had it not been for that single play, Tom Brady might have been backing up Drew Bledsoe the following season.

Josh Mcdaniels, then offensive coordinator for the Patriots, was hired last month as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. His first words to Raiders owner Mark Davis, “It was a fumble.”

Then there was Spygate in 2007 was the nickname for the Patriots' illegal videotaping of opposing coaches' signals in 2007. The Patriots lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship that season.

In 2014 there were allegations that Tom Brady ordered the deliberate deflation of footballs used in the Patriots' victory against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 AFC Championship Game.

Although the NFL was ridiculed for it, Brady was suspended four games for allegedly knowing the balls being tampered with.

Sure, Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time just like Joe Montana, Troy Aikman, John Elway, Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath and if he wins another Super Bowl, Matt Stafford will be too. But he’s not the greatest.

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Robert J Hansen is an investigative journalist and economist. Focused on holding elected officials, police and the courts accountable to the people throughout the greater Sacramento area.

Sacramento County, CA

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