I bet you could come up with at least five things we learned from the Patriots’ 27-0 drubbing of the Texans on Thursday night. Let me save you some bullet points.
Here’s the ONLY takeaway you need to know from that game: TOM BRADY IS A SYSTEM QUARTERBACK.
Still not convinced? Look no further than what people are saying on Twitter dot com.
@MatthewBerryTMR and proving that Tom Brady is the most overrated QB ever. Product of the system. Would be Sanchez anywhere else.— Cory Hostetter (@coryhostetter) September 23, 2016
Maybe breaking that sentiment with dramatic periods will drive this point home to you.
This is an important issue, so you’d better take it to the mainstream media so that everyone knows. Please CC the folks at Morning Joe, or least Mike and Mike, sports’ version of Morning Joe.
Tonight's game just proves that Tom Brady is a system QB and that ANYONE can QB the Pats! Lol #MikeAndMike— T.O. (@TBart72) September 23, 2016
In the interest of #analysis, let’s back up a bit here. We need to establish just what exactly a "system QB" is.
Wikipedia defines it as: "A system quarterback is an American football quarterback who flourishes under a particular offensive system, specifically one that focuses on passing."
Good enough for me. Quarterbacks pass the football. They do so as part of an offensive game plan that doesn’t change regardless of who’s at quarterback. And it’s pretty clear from the state of the modern NFL that anybody can play quarterback so long as they have the right system. There’d be 32 good quarterbacks if there were 32 good systems. Duh.
Back to the issue at hand: Tom Brady, system quarterback.
Let’s look at some data.
2014 Peyton: 39td's 15 int's— DMac (@FauxDMac) September 23, 2016
*Broncos went 12-4*
2015 Peyton: 9td's 17 int's
*Broncos went 12-4*
But Tom Brady is a system QB
I’m not really sure what DMac means with that tweet, but it’s a really good point.
4th NFL season— Tom Brady=System QB (@SportsTalkJoe) September 23, 2016
60.2% CMP / 3,620 YDS / 23 TD / 12 INT / 85.9 RATE
63.4% CMP / 3,693 YDS / 21 TD / 11 INT / 89.4 RATE
Forget the context, just look at those numbers for Cassel and Brady. It just keeps getting harder and harder to deny the truth here.
And not just data, but like actual Xs and Os stuff.
That rushing touchdown proves tom Brady is a system QB— josh cvitkovic (@jcvit9) September 23, 2016
The read option with Tom Brady is the same as the read option with Jacoby Brissett. I will admit that it’s often overlooked just how sneaky athletic Brady is in Belichick’s system that leans heavily on the read option. But still, these guys are just plug and play when it comes to the Patriots.
Now do you get it? Do you understand that Tom Brady is just a system quarterback?
A lot of people are going to try this very same strategy of using numbers and the all-22 to explain why Brady more than just an average quarterback who just happens to be a two-time All Pro first-teamer, two-time league MVP, and three-time Super Bowl MVP. When these eggheads start trying to talk down to you and your fair and balanced take, just give ‘em this little poem (smart folks think they love poetry, but they don’t. Nobody does.)
Roses are red— Tom Brady=System QB (@SportsTalkJoe) September 23, 2016
Your mom is a nice lady
The Patriots are fine without Tom Brady
End. Of. Debate.