ESPN's "First Take" broached one of this generation's classic NFL topics Wednesday morning.
A debate failed to develop.
Shaun Phillips: "I'd definitely take Tom Brady. He has that [Tim] Tebow thing, that 'it factor.' He has that. Peyton Manning's a great quarterback and he's proven he can do everything in this league, but I'm taking Tom Brady."
Jim Trotter: "I'm with him. I take Tom Brady. I go back to the playoff thing. These are both tremendous quarterbacks, but when I look at the playoffs and I look at how Tom Brady has consistently delivered. In Peyton Manning's one Super Bowl season, he actually threw more interceptions than he threw touchdown passes. Says a lot to me. So I go Brady."
Skip Bayless: "I'm definitely Brady. I must say, though, Tom Brady had an off year last year. His playoff game against the Ravens was not very Tom Brady-like, coming off his reconstructed knee. I'm on record as saying Peyton Manning, greatest regular-season quarterback ever. Just ever. I don't know how you could debate that. But he has never quite lived up to those numbers in the postseason. It looked like he might last year until an ill-fated pass against the Saints that went the other direction. If you look at the overall playoff numbers, he lost to Brady back-to-back once and he lost to the [Chargers] back-to-back. I don't think you could sell him over Brady, who is very close to winning all four of his Super Bowls."