Tom Brady
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Tom Brady Isn’t a System QB, You’re Probably Just Bitter

“Tom Brady is a system quarterback.” Chances are you’ve heard that argument before. Most people who subscribe to that idea are salty AFC East fans or Steelers fans. It’s understandable. Brady and the New England Patriots had an unequaled run of dominance in the AFC for two decades. He prevented a lot of other good teams from getting their shot at a Super Bowl. There had to be some excuse for the sustained success. No one is that good for that long! Thus was born the mystical “system.”

The system QB argument suggests that Tom Brady isn’t actually that great of a quarterback. Rather, the system Belichick had him in was what played the greatest role in his success. A small element of that is true, but only in the most general sense. You aren’t going to find a QB who wins or plays consistently well in an offensive system that doesn’t maximize their strengths. But to say Belichick was the sole reason for Brady’s success is ludicrous. An average quarterback doesn’t get to first in touchdown passes and second in passing yards all-time just because of their coach.

What’s hilarious about the people who argue that Tom Brady is a system quarterback is that they know they’re wrong. They just need some argument to discredit Brady because there really isn’t a legitimate one out there, or they just like trolling Brady fans on Twitter. If he hadn’t left New England for Tampa Bay, these people might have gotten away with this argument forever. But Tom Brady proved them wrong. At 43 years of age, he made it to his 10th Super Bowl – without Bill Belichick.

Brady Was the System

No system is so good that it would succeed as long as the supposed “system” Brady operated under. The NFL is a fast-learning league. Teams figure you out fast. What people need to realize is that Brady was the system in New England and the system was Brady. They were inextricable. Bill Belichick is a Hall of Fame coach. No doubt about it. But he’s below .500 as a coach without Tom Brady. Brady was the system and the system was Brady.

Tom Brady is not a system quarterback. He’s the greatest winner to ever step foot on a football field. You don’t have to like it, but that’s the end of the discussion.

After defeating presumptive MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on February 7, 2021.

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