At this point you are 100 percent correct. Both Brady and Manning have said they want to play for 8 more years, so we will see. Imo you cannot ignore how much Brady has achieved with less then the others he is mentioned in the same breath with. Not to say Deion Branch was not a good reciever, but he is not Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne or Jerry Rice. Not even close. Brady has never had a reciever with over 1000 yards in receptions over his career. While Others he is mentioned with had nothing less then pro bowlers. Brady has had three different sets of recievers over his span in the leauge. Never a single pro bowler. I find it remarkable he had Jabar Gaffney and Reche Caldwel dwarfing the numbers of pro bowl recievers in the playoffs. More impressive is the fact that bug eyes and Gaffney are not top talent, and missed some of the preseason. Couple that with the fact they where team rookies in one of the most complex systems in the nfl and you might see what I mean. To be 12 and 2 in the playoffs with three rings and 2 sb mvps after six years playing is pretty impressive imo. To go 12 and 4 this year with the all the injuries the pats had, and factors I listed above is a big accomplishment. It must be said that Montana did have the greatest receiver ever catching the ball. Few pro bowlers also. I am NOT taking anything away from Joe, he is the best ever at this point. I believe he would have been great not matter who he was playing with. A truly amazing player in every sense. Nothing but respect for the guy. To listen to Brady even being compared to him over the years is a true honer. For the fans and obviously Brady. The man was better then great.
Obviously I agree with you on Brady. IMO, he is the best QB today just based alone on his SB wins (still wishing we chose Brady over Rattay).
Brady has a lot of the same traits as Montana, meaning he is so quick at reading a defense and his passing is pinpoint. He also shares the beginnings of what Montana went through:
1. Not having a dominant running game.
2. Receivers who are good, but not great.
3. A great grasp of a complicated offense.
Really if the WR's, TE's and RB's run the precise routes, Brady will know where to throw just based on what he sees on the defense.
I really have a lot of respect for Brady because he has accomplished so much in a short time. And each year you can NEVER count out the Pats no matter what their position is. Only if they have a losing record, the AFC playoffs are a nail biter if the Pats are in.
Give some info though. What do you know about Banta-Cain?