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.
He just finds a way to get it done over and over and over again.
I don't think there is any situation that he has not mastered. I mean, you don't want to get into a two-minute drill against Brady. Al Saunders: The thing that I asked myself is, "Who do I fear the most?
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.
Dungy and Mudd spent wildly successful years with Manning and sang his praises at length, but both had Elway ranked higher.
Panelists were instructed to use their own criteria. Brady might own the best career credentials, but those other guys presented additional challenges. Wade Phillips, three-time NFL head coach who entered the league in 1976 and coached both Elway and Jim Kelly: Tom Brady is easy for me. They haven't always had great defenses, and they have still won an unbelievable amount of games and the championships and so forth. We have seen this in every era: Otto Graham and Paul Brown, Bart Starr and Vince Lombardi, Johnny Unitas and Don Shula/Weeb Ewbank, Terry Bradshaw and Chuck Noll, Joe Montana/Steve Young and Bill Walsh.
This exercise was more like completing a deep out into the teeth of the blitz than checking it down to the halfback underneath a soft zone."I went 'round and 'round and 'round," Turner said. I don't think Bill Belichick would be Bill Belichick without Tom Brady, and Brady would not have the same success without Belichick and the way they have put that team together.
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.
It takes an all-time-great voting panel to rank the greatest NFL quarterbacks of the modern era.