Question of the day: Who would you want as your QB: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Michael Vick?
Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Michael Vick? Writers from around Tribune Co. weigh in on who they would want as their starting quarterback if they ran their own NFL team. Check back throughout the day for more responses, and feel free to leave a comment of your own.
Dom Amore, Hartford Courant
As has been the case for much of its history, the NFL is short on greatness at the quarterback position. The list of field generals who truly combine all the skills, including intangibles, is short.
For me, Tom Brady still resides at the top. For one big game, who else would you want? Who else would you trust?
Last Sunday was the latest in a long list of examples in which Brady, when relatively healthy, will bring his "A" game and avoid the mistakes that loom large when everyone is tuned in. Peyton Manning, sensational as he is, can still be haunted by the crushing interception. Michael Vick, talented as he is, can still be defensed. Keep him in the pocket.
Brady has the most complete package -- talent, smarts, poise and that certain something that can't be defined or quantified. You can't go wrong with Vick or Manning, but for one game, your best chance is still Tom Brady.
Brady over Manning.
The three-time Super Bowl champion gets the edge because he simply doesn’t make mistakes in the crucial moments in the biggest spots, with Manning’s clinching pick-six against the Saints in Super Bowl XLIV and his ill-advised pass Sunday in Foxboro while in tying field goal range are two glaring recent examples.
As much success as Brady had early in his career, he is a better quarterback now than he was then, with 97 touchdown passes against only 25 interceptions since 2007. Before then, Brady had never had a better than 2-1 TD-INT ratio in a season.
Vick? He’s exciting as can be, but eventually a big part of his game, his legs, will be taken from him by this savage sport. Further, Vick hasn’t even led a team to a Super Bowl, much less won one.
Photos: New England quarterback Tom Brady, left, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, center, and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. Credit: Brian Snyder / Reuters; Stew Milne / US Presswire; Andrew Mills / The Star Ledger via US Presswire