Tom Brady Admits That He Is A System Quarterback
After overcoming a 28-3 deficit in the Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons, it was almost a foregone conclusion that Tom Brady was now the best quarterback in the history of the league.
Brady doesn’t seem to think so at all, however.
ESPN’s Ian O’Connor asked the five-time Super Bowl champion if he had eclipsed boyhood idol Joe Montana as the greatest at the position and Brady made it quite clear that he had not.
“I don’t agree with that,” [Brady] said, “and I’ll tell you why. I know myself as a player. I’m really a product of what I’ve been around, who I was coached by, what I played against, in the era I played in. I really believe if a lot of people were in my shoes they could accomplish the same kinds of things. So I’ve been very fortunate. … I don’t ever want to be the weak link.”
While Brady’s comments are oozing with false modesty, there is a bit of truth to what he’s saying. Brady is correctly admitting that he owes some of his success to the Patriots system—a statement his fan base will definitely not like. Brady understands that he’s been able to thrive under the tutelage of Bill Belichick and an offensive system tailored to his abilities.
Brady was instrumental in building the system and perfecting it to the tune of multiple championships, so if being a 5-time champ makes you a system QB, then there’s about 20+ franchises in the league that would gladly take a ‘system quarterback’ like Brady any day of the week.