Re: Colts/Patriots Pre-Game Thread
posted at 11/21/2010 11:51 AM EST
Here are some NYers point of view on the Manning vs Brady
So much of the attention this week has been on the quarterbacks. That old debate — Manning vs. Brady.
In preparation for the game, two old-school quarterbacks weighed in on the question of who will prevail, as well as several other facets of the rivalry. First, we have CBS analyst Phil Simms, and then it’s SIRIUS’ Joe Namath, who does “The Broadway Blitz with Joe Namath.”
Want some highlights?
Simms, on the rivalry: “There is no doubt that it is personal between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. I was never as successful as either one of them, but even with my limited success I made it personal with many guys I played against. I know others did against me. That is part of the fun.”
Simms, on the game in general: “There is no question the game this year is being looked at differently than it has in many, many years. I don’t think we can say for sure that they are two of the elite teams in the league like they have been for so long. They are two teams dealing with many issues and trying to win a few games and correct those issues as time goes on. It hasn’t turned into a race yet, but it’s getting close. The season is getting to the point now where it is time to start getting nervous. This might be the first time I have seen Peyton Manning play without a tremendous supporting cast. I was taught that you have to be able to drive the Cadillac and the rental car. He has proven he can drive them all.”
Simms, on the Patriots’ turnaround: “I don’t think I will ever again say that a team is not good enough to turn it around the following year. The Patriots have turned it around with their offense, and a big part of their team, basically overnight. They are playing a little different style and, of course, have done a tremendous job with it. Because of that, they are 7-2. A player pointed out to me that it is all wonderful, said and done, but the big thing is they are doing it with Tom Brady, so don’t think it’s such a miracle. It’s a good point. The owner, the general manager, the head coach and the quarterback still remain the same, so it is easy to make these transitions when you have that kind of stability at the top.”
Namath, breaking down the differences between the two: “Well, first of all, they’re both gifted with their size and their passing abilities. They’re both very accurate passers and they’re both tremendous leaders. They work as hard or harder than most of the guys. They’ve won the confidence of their teammates certainly with what they do on the field. But they are such great head players. They are mature, smart and such competitors. You know, those guys never leave the game unless they have to be carried off it seems, Manning and Brady both. Those guys have been so sensational with their toughness and durability as well.”
Namath, on who is the best: “I once said that Peyton Manning’s the best quarterback I’ve ever seen. And Tom Brady just continues to say, ‘Well, Joe, what about me?’ And I say, ‘Well, you know what? You’re right! You’ve done everything so good. (laughs) So, there’s more than one quarterback, the best that I’ve ever seen play. He’s right up there. You know what separates those two guys? The team. The rest of the team, you see, because it is a team game. Peyton’s not got a full deck this week. He’s not playing with a full deck because of the injury factor. I think that Colt team is beat up more than New England and that’s why I have to give New England the edge in this one.”
Namath, offering his view on who has the edge: “Coming off last week’s game that darn New England defense seemed to have improved pretty darn well, improved big time. And that’s been the big question mark, that young defense that the New England Patriots have. Well, Manning normally would be able to exploit most of those things but right now Peyton’s dealing with a couple of receivers who aren’t his regular receivers and he’s not playing with all the cards. He doesn’t have his players together. We’re asking second-stringers to step up and play like the first-stringers and that gives the edge to New England.”