Are two QBs better than Tom Brady?

July, 8, 2012
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is still elite. But there are two quarterbacks currently better, according to ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski.

ESPN's top-30 quarterback rankings continued Sunday with Brady coming in at No. 3. That leaves Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, in no particular order, as the league's top two quarterbacks in Jaworski's rankings.

Things are very difficult once you get to the top five. Brady, Rodgers, Brees and Eli Manning are all elite franchise quarterbacks.

However, if I had to pick one quarterback to win one game, it would be Brady. He has immense big-game experience, playing in five Super Bowls, and his classic pocket style fits many different receivers and offenses.

Here is Jaws' analysis:
"Number three on my big board entering the 2012 season is Tom Brady. Brady is outstanding in so many areas, but what really stands out is his total command in the pocket. Few quarterbacks in NFL history move within the pocket better than Tom Brady. Pocket movement is an essential attribute to play NFL quarterback at a consistently-high level. Think of it this way: the ability to move within an area no larger than the approximate size of a boxing ring. Sometimes it’s a strain, just a step here or a step there. Other times, it’s more pronounced. The corollary, and it’s equally as important, you must maintain your downfield focus while you’re moving. You cannot look at the rush. It’s a far more important trait than running out of the pocket.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more comfortable pocket quarterback than Brady. There have been times over the years he’s literally been a statue in the pocket – static, stationary, motionless. I can tell you from experience that’s a rare trait. Everything is happening very fast. The ability to slow down your body like that, that’s remarkable.

But Brady's age (34) is an issue when comparing top quarterbacks. If I'm starting a franchise from scratch, I would pick Rodgers over Brady. Rodgers is 28 and probably has at least seven great years ahead of him. Brady wants to play until he's 40, but chances are he has maybe 2-3 elite years left.

Brees is coming off a record-setting year, but I would still take Brady over Brees. Still, you can't go wrong with any of these top-three quarterbacks.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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