But I'm back.. and posting stuff :) First of a couple of them thanks to a certain Super Bowl win :)
Okay, let's start wtih something I realized after Sunday: Tom Brady is currently a better Quarterback than Peyton Manning .
It's a different position that I'm using for the example, so just follow with me here for a moment.
I'll admit I've been on the fence in regards to the Manning vs. Brady debate, but a realization today made me decide i have to jump to the side of the Brady supporters at the moment.
Plain and simple, single playoff wins didn't matter to me.. they were impressive on a resume, but that was just it, playoff wins/losses. There has to be a payoff...
Previously I had ranked Jim Mora as the best Saints coach of all time... why? Because of his success over time. 93 wins as the coach of the New Orleans Saints. Unfortunately, he lost all four of his playoff appearances.
When Jim Haslett won a playoff game, there was a possibility that you could have ranked Jim H. higher than Jim M. But honestly, what is one playoff game? It's good, yes but it's still short of the primary goal.. the Lombardi Trophy.
Playoff Wins can equal up to Regular Season wins... eventually. But not one win. (I'm thinking 1 Playoff win would be the equivalent of a 10-6 season? But I'd have to think about that exact number for a while.)
Sunday however, that changed....
Mora's had taken the Saints to the playoffs 4 times.
Then in '06 a "kid" by the name of Sean Payton stepped in and took the Saints to the playoffs.. He won his first playoff match, but the 93 wins that Mora had as a coach kept them on an even keel, (same reasoning behind Haslett's 2000 season) and still gave Mora the advantage.
Then Sunday rolled around and Sean Payton got the most important thing.. a certain trophy.
In my mind, at that point, Payton became the _better_ of the two head coaches of the New Orleans Saints.
If the head coach on the sidelines got the "better" label because of one trophy... then why shouldn't the more decorated field general on the field deserves the "better" label, because he engineered drives that got them more trophies. (note, i dont' care about regular season MVP's or Super Bowl MVP's. or Pro-Bowls)
Could Payton's legacy take a backward step (as Jim Haslett did for instance)? Yep... as could both Brady and Manning.. but at this point and time I have to say that neither men took that step backwards, so I have to go with the man who has the trophies right now... and that's Brady at the moment.
By the same logic, as much as the Regular season wins mean something for Peyton Manning, he's only got the 1 trophy to his name. Brady's got 3. You can argue who's involvement was more important in those three trophies, but the one fact you can't dispute is that Brady still has the multiple rings.
I wrote somewhere, if I wanted a regular season QB, I'd take both Peyton Manning and Drew Brees over Tom Brady.
If it's the post-season, I'd have to take Brady and Brees over Manning..
If Peyton and/or Brees gets another ring before Brady does, you have to revisit the equation, but until that happens, I have to give the edge to Brady (and in a way, Roethlisberger).