The one thing you can count on when each NFL season begins is to hear an argument why one quarterback is better than the other. New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft took things up another notch when he said his quarterback, Tom Brady, is better than four-time Super Bowl winner and three-time Super Bowl MVP Joe Montana.
Although Brady has one less championship than Montana, that hasn’t stopped Kraft from telling NFL.com who thinks is better.
“I think that Tommy, with all due respect, is better than Joe Montana,” Kraft told the league’s website. “I know that’s a leap, but I really think he might already be the best of all time. I watch how involved he is, how driven he is. He’s like (Patriots coach Bill) Belichick, he’s into the details. And he’s got a skill that makes him so special, he can process all of it so quickly. And then, he’s just got that quality. Certain people have that sincerity. He’s a very genuine guy. People can relate to him. People can trust him.”
If you judge them by playoff performances, Kraft’s assessment isn’t too far off. Both players have a sold playoff resume with Montana having 16-7 postseason record (.695 winning percentage) and Brady is slightly better at 14-5 (.736).
Things in the NFL are definitely different than when Montana played so it’s hard to judge who is actually better, but the fact that Brady is in the same conversation as his boyhood idol says a lot for a guy who was the 199th draft pick in 2000.