I know that's a goofy phrase. It doesn't really mean anything & everyone has their own definition of elite. Tom Brady is one of those QBs that most people agree can be described as elite. Personally, I never really thought much of him. When he was fresh in the league, I thought he benefited from being on a really good team, with an out-of-the-box head coach who just happened to have out-of-the-box players that got it done. After the third Super Bowl, I pretty much tuned out all the Brady non-sense, but I've noticed he has gotten much better as a QB since those Super Bowl days.
I found this
article on PatsFan. The funny thing about it, is that he's talking about how he's been getting worse over the last few years. Halfway through the piece, & I got to thinking..... uh, I can think of 16 starting QBs who'd like to have declining numbers like that. I know it's not all about the numbers & Tom Brady would be the first one to tell you he'd rather have another Lombardy than some jack-wipe like me calling him elite..... but for the first time ever, I'm saying it.
Tom Brady is elite.
But it’s not just that. It’s relative to other quarterbacks in the NFL too. Here’s Brady compared with other QBs in the league, by passer rating:
2010: 111.0, #1 in the NFL
2011: 105.6, #3 in the NFL
2012: 98.7, #6 in the NFL
So relative to other QBs around the league, Brady is no longer performing as the undisputed king. Now, bear in mind that we’re still talking about a quarterback playing at an extremely high level. Brady is still great. He’s just not performing at quite the same immortal level he has been.
To be elite, imo, it's not just performing at a high level. It's not the top 3 QBs in the league. It's performing at a high level over a long period of time. Brady's done that.
Any who, thought it was a well written, though blatantly "off season; running out of stuff to talk about" kinda thing, thought I'd share.