Re: CONTRARIAN fact: Apart from wins, BRADY and PEYTON are nearly identical in PLAYOFF stats!
posted at 11/25/2012 6:48 PM EST
In response to shenanigan's comment:
In response to neinmd's comment:
A good way to think about it is to imagine the two swapping teams. Payton with the Pats would possibly have been just as good as Brady in terms of achievements, in my opinion. The problem with Payton with the Colts is that his paycheck was such a large part of a small market team's total budget, there was not enough left over for a great defense. BB could afford to spend a bit more on other players. Brady, frankly, helped bring this about by restructuring his own deal at least once, and maybe twice.
Having said all this, I would rather have Brady on my team than any other quarterback, past or present. The guy is supremely driven to win, to the exclusion of any personal accolades. That makes him tough to beat.
The colts, like the Pats spent to the cap every year so it was not that the Pats had a higher priced team.
Peyton represented a much larger persentage of Colts cap in 2011 than Brady did of Patriots cap. Colts cap in 2011 was $115M, Patriots was $102M. Peyton's last contract (July 2011) with the Colts was for an annual cap number of $23M, Brady's cap number for 2011 was $8M. Peyton represented over 20% of the Colts' cap, Brady was less than 8%.
Your point that the two teams have comparable caps is valid. However, I think Peyton's contract was more injurious to the Colts in building a balanced team than Brady's was to the Patriots. I suppose it makes the point that Tom is more interested in building a winning team around him than maximizing his take. In the open market, it stands to reason that he could make Peyton type numbers.
What we can all agree on is that as Patriots fans, we would not exchange Tom Brady for any other QB in the league.