Hartselle Tigers (15-0) 5-A State Champ
Originally Posted by Roman529
Couple of things here... First of all, most of the football people inside the Patriots organization felt like Tom Brady had outplayed Bledsoe in training camp and earned the job to begin with, long before Mo Lewis hit Bledsoe and had his lungs filling up with blood.
Brady Quinn is a great example of the Notre Dame hype job, not an example of a great QB prospect. He padded his stats against the Service Academies, but was completely outmatched against a legitimate defense (LSU). If you watched Brady Quinn, it should've been obvious that he was too bulky and muscular in the upper body. It made his delivery stiff and rigid. He wasn't comfortable throwing into tight coverage because of his scattershot ball placement, and uncomfortable throwing with bodies around him in a muddy pocket. Brady Quinn wasn't even a great college quarterback, much less a great pro prospect.
Tom Brady was a different story. He set several Michigan school passing records despite only starting for what amounts to almost 2 years, and having to split time with Drew Henson. The reason Tom Brady fell to the 6th round was largely attributed to the way Lloyd Carr handled his QB situation. Brady did everything from a tangible quarterback perspective virtually textbook. It was all the little things and fine details of the position that he had already mastered. From an intangible perspective, he was one of the most clutch quarterbacks that has ever played college football. Week after week, game after game, 4th quarter comeback after 4th quarter quarterback.... he made it undeniable.
I watched him nearly lead Michigan to another come from behind win vs. Nick Saban's undefeated Michigan St. team in 1999. Michigan St. won the game due in large part to an amazing performance by Plaxico Burress' 255 yard outburst on offense, and Saban's complex schemes having Drew Henson's head spinning.
With Michigan State up 27-10, Lloyd Carr decided to go with Brady at QB and he almost brought Michigan all the way back. He finished 30 of 41 with 2 touchdowns and went 18 for 20 on the last two drives. He made David Terrell a top-10 pick. Brady threw every type of pass, long and short, touch and power. He was under tremendous pressure from Saban's defense, the same defense that has made nearly every quarterback wilt that had to face it, including Drew Brees when he was at Purdue.
The purpose of this thread was to give all those that didn't watch Tom Brady in college the understanding of exactly how brilliant Tom Brady played the quarterback position in college, and realize that this kid was never supposed to fall that far. It was a blunder by the entire league and its "experts".
The Patriots indeed were lucky that Brady was still available in the 6th round, but they weren't necessarly lucky that Tom Brady was a great quarterback. He was already great.
If anyone can sit down long enough to watch all this footage of Tom Brady and still come away with the assumption that he was a 6th round quarterback prospect, they might as well give up. You cannot play the position any better than he played it, or lead any better than he did at Michigan. His situational understanding of the game was far beyond what you see in college quarterbacks throughout the last decade, with only a few exceptions, mainly Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, and Andrew Luck.
Folks should be able to understand the differences between how Tom Brady played the position in college, and the way 98% of the college quarterbacks who came after him played it.... including numerous QB's who were inexplicably drafted in the 1st round. You couldn't have given a better example than Brady Quinn.
Last edited by TedSlimmJr; 09-06-2012 at 06:35 PM.