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Football Outsiders analyst thinks Tom Brady is a system quarterback

Alex Reimer
November 17, 2017 - 11:44 am

It is comical at this point to suggest Tom Brady is a system quarterback. But that’s exactly what Football Outsiders analyst Scott Kacsmar is spouting.

Kacsmar took shots at Brady in a series of tweets this week, talking about how the Patriots quarterback has been gifted incredible supporting casts and lucky breaks throughout his Hall of Fame career. One of Kacsmar’s central arguments is Brady’s numbers were never the best at his position, which is false, considering Brady has led the league in either touchdown passes or yards on seven different occasions. 

In an interview Thursday on “Dale & Holley with Keefe,” Kascmar doubled down on his idiocy. “I think Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, all three of those quarterbacks, if you put them in New England's system with the best coach in the league, and that's really where this Patriots dynasty excels,” he said. “They have the biggest gap in coaching advantage over the rest of the football league. They don't have the biggest gap at quarterback.”

To back up his point, Kascmar kept referring to Brady’s comments in May about not being the best quarterback of all-time. When asked about his place in history, Brady said he thinks he’s a product of the Patriots’ system and Bill Belichick. The comments exude Brady’s modesty –– he always downplays his accomplishments in interviews –– but Kascmar is basing his entire argument around those innocuous quotes. 

“Tom Brady can summarize this better than I ever can,” Kascmar explained. “When he was asked in May of this year about being the greatest of all-time, his quote was, 'I don't agree with that, and I'll tell you why. I know myself as a player. I'm really a product of what I've been around, who I was coached by, what I played against and the era I played in. I really believe if a lot of people were in my shoes, they could accomplish the same kinds of things. I've been very fortunate.' I think that is the humble and most accurate quote an athlete could ever say.”

Later, Kascmar reverted to the longstanding knocks against Brady, citing the Tuck Rule and Adam Vinatieri’s Super Bowl winning field goals. Kascmar did not have a response when asked about flukey plays that have gone against the Patriots in big games, such as David Tyree’s helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII.

With five Super Bowl rings, Brady has now won more than any quarterback in the history of the game. He’s also posted elite numbers, too, ranking fourth all-time in passing yards and touchdowns. At this point, the only arguments against Brady’s place in history rely on outdated cliches and inanity. 

Kacsmar has supplied plenty of that.

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