We they have not done so is beyond me.
the patriots take advantage of whatever the rules allow them. that's something every other nfl team can do if they chose. well maybe the jets can't because sanchez can't even get a play called in short order. the point is the hurry up makes sense in that it keeps the defenses from substituting and in getting in the right set for the offense. the other thing is that their oline collectively knows how to play the game. no doubt they hold or on the verge of holding more than any other team but it works. they seem to always block down and take their dline guy with them. this keeps the los low so the qb has a clear field of vision. and they do use picks by at least flooding areas with receivers and then breaking them apart. give them credit for learning how to run routes and the way the game needs to be played. as for overall pysical talent, they're not greater than any other nfl team. brady doesn't have a really good arm and he gets tired but he is decisive and always seems to hit the open guy.
I still think Joe is the greatest ever, but if Brady wins a fourth ring and has better volume passing stats, holds every significant playoff record, and wins more football games, it's be hard to make an argument against him.
The stats are easier to get these days. The rings are tougher.
The rules make it easier for the qb as we've seen this explosion in the last few years.
The rings are harder to get than the old dynasties though. Free agency and salary cap even the field a bit. From Montana through Young, the 49ers were stable. Yes, players retired and new ones came but the roster turnover didn't happen overnight. I think there where only 5 or so players on that Patriots 07 team that had played in the 01 game.
Sustaining success with everyone competing with the same dollars and success meaning worse draft picks, makes maintaining good teams a difficult task.
They are not a lot of patriot Posters on this board, I would not think more than a dozen and probably none of them live in the city.. Just because you can't say crap and not get called on it, don't start crying that you think some posters don't belong here.
Sooth has a forum for the jet fans that rather not interact with patriot fans or fans of any other team.
I have been following football for over 40 years
10. Young/Fouts/Kelly etc
Today, the principles of that offense have been absorbed within every team's offensive system. This is a very large contributing factor in why QB ratings have shot through the roof over the past 15-20 years. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense that passing efficiency ratings would soar after an emphasis is placed on increasing the efficiency of the passing game.
Every QB who played for the 49ers in that era (Montana, Young, Bono, Grbac) benefited from that system, along with playing with players like Jerry Rice of course.
I mention this b/c offensive systems do play a large role in a players success. I'm convinced that NO QB succeeds in a vacuum. How much young talent has been wasted simply b/c they were drafted by teams with mediocre or poor offensive coaching personnel? I believe that number is pretty large.
Tom Brady, like Montana, benefits from a very creative/adaptable offensive system. Unlike his critics though, I don't believe that's a knock on him. The coaching he's received at this level allowed him to make up whatever gap existed between himself and the Mannings of the world.
Peyton benefited from having a Heisman trophy winning father who played QB in the NFL for a long time. That allowed him to begin his NFL career at a much higher level than Brady. To Brady's credit though, Brady's work ethic and ability to absorb the coaching he's received in New England has allowed him to skyrocket upwards and not only catch Manning but surpass him as well....I would argue by a lot actually.
I don't think this is really all that surprising. Imagine two star pupils. Pupil A has a much better teacher for the first 20 years of his life and appears to be the better pupil. Then pupil B begins learning from not only a great teacher but perhaps one of the greatest teachers ever. Suddenly pupil B's trajectory spikes upwards. After four years some people start thinking pupil B has caught up to pupil A but most still believe pupil A has the advantage. But pupil B doesn't stop working with that amazing teacher. Instead he continues to study with him for 10+ more years. At some point in that time, pupil B passes pupil A.
While some critics will unwisely spin this as some kind of detraction of Brady's greatness, I believe their logic is upside down. The reason that this doesn't detract from Brady's greatness is because once you learn from the best, the knowledge and skills gained becomes your own. In other words, its impossible to take away all that he's already learned.
In my opinion its not just a coincidence that the two best QB's in NFL history (Brady/Montana) were both coached by individuals who not only stood atop the NFL's coaching fraternity but were also renowned for their abilities as teachers.