Tony Dungy: I never had to defend Peyton, and if I did, I might have a different opinion as it pertains to this ranking.Rodney Harrison told me defending Peyton was so different from everyone else he ever had to play against. I put Manning and Marino at the top of the nonscramblers because they didn't have the benefit of dominant defenses.
He is also remarkable because he has gotten hit a lot and lasted. He is going to buy into whatever it takes for them to win: throw it, run it, doesn't matter. Who did you not want to have the ball in their hands at the end of the game, regardless of the personnel that they played with? Mike Reinfeldt, 1979 AFC Defensive Player of the Year and longtime executive with four franchises: If some guys are game managers, Brady is a field marshal.
Ray Rhodes, five-time Super Bowl champ and NFL Coach of the Year who made his playing debut in 1974: Football has changed over the years, but Brady has been consistently able to get his team to the playoffs, Super Bowls and win. He's in control of all aspects of the game, able to change his game to meet a specific plan.
He was included in the survey because his career took off beginning in 1978, when Don Coryell took over as the San Diego Chargers' head coach. The first was the driven success they had with their teams.
Final rankings were determined by how frequently each quarterback outranked the others who received votes across all 10 ballots -- call it the GOAT Index. Some of that was skewed by the quality of talent that they were surrounded with.
Howard Mudd: The defenses are so much more complex in the current era. He spent his rookie year, every two-hour meeting we had during the day if we had a night practice, we went in the gymnasium at Anderson College and we worked on blitzes until he understood who was not blocked. If Peyton Manning had New England's defenses, he would be at the top of this list and he would be 5-2 or 6-1 in Super Bowls.
You have to be smarter now than you ever have been. Super Bowl titles: 2 MVPs: 5 First-team All-Pro: 74th-quarter comebacks: 1st Game-winning drives: 1st Yards/attempt: 7th Adjusted net yards/attempt: 2nd *Minimum 50 starts Expected team win pct: .506 Actual team win pct: .685 Wins above expectation: 17.9% Wins added per 16 games: 2.9Norv Turner: If you're going to create a quarterback in a lab, this is your guy. People were critical of Peyton for the playoff losses -- the interception against New Orleans or whatever -- but his teams were not good enough on defense.It takes an all-time-great voting panel to rank the greatest NFL quarterbacks of the modern era.We have assembled one of those, which might be the last time everyone reading this treatise nods in solidarity.Pete Carroll, Tony Dungy, Mike Holmgren, Howard Mudd, Wade Phillips, Mike Reinfeldt, Ray Rhodes, Mike Shanahan, Al Saunders and Norv Turner possess a combined 330 seasons of NFL experience.All 10 are Super Bowl champions, having combined for 20 rings in 30 opportunities. Fouts GOAT Index: 86.7 percent | Highest rank: 1 | Lowest rank: 6 Team: Patriots Brady was first or second on nine ballots, making him a pretty overwhelming choice for the top spot. He approached the project as if he were a defensive coordinator drawing up a game plan."I probably had 20 lists, and then you feel like, when you're done, you're leaving someone out to get it to 10."Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw and Ken Stabler were notable players excluded from the survey because some of their most significant seasons fell before the 1978 cutoff. But the one common thread through 15 years was Brady.