So Tom Brady keeps tabs on what people say about him. Or maybe it’s just what former coaches say.
On Tuesday, Brady retweeted a video clip regarding Tony Dungy’s assessment of most difficult quarterbacks to coach against. With the retweet, Brady added a photo of a banner that hangs from the Lucas Oil Stadium. The banner commemorates the Indianapolis Colts achievement of finishing as finalist for the AFC in 2014.
Did you get the dig? Brady’s burn was subtle. Brady and the New England Patriots overwhelmed Indianapolis for the 2014 AFC championship. Propelled by the 45-7 win over the Colts, the Patriots then won the Super Bowl.
But then again, Brady’s dig at Dungy doesn’t make a lot of sense. Dungy is a football analyst for NBC. He retired as head coach of the Colts in 2008. Chuck Pagano was the coach on the losing side of Brady in 2014.
Did Tony Dungy Have A Point About Tom Brady?
Obviously, Brady didn’t like being relegated to No. 6 on anyone’s list of tough quarterbacks. People debate whether Brady is the greatest quarterback ever, so to put him sixth on a list of QBs who played in the past 20 or 30 years is odd.
Dungy compiled his rankings a few years ago. But Fox Sports’ Shannon Sharpe, the former NFL tight end, revisited the list in a recent interview with Dungy.
What Dungy said made sense, from a defensive perspective. Some of these other quarterbacks Dungy mentioned stressed a defense far more. That’s because they were far more athletic than Brady.
Brady is a classic quarterback. He has a powerful arm. His accuracy is outstanding. Brady thrives in stressful situations. But defenses know what he’s going to do. But knowing what he’s going to do doesn’t mean you can defend it. That’s the beauty of Brady’s game.
Dungy is defensive-oriented. When he coached Tampa Bay, he and coordinator Monte Kiffin developed what’s called the “Tampa 2.” It’s a 4-3 defense that uses its middle linebacker to drop deeper in zone coverage. The style helped the Bucs win the Super Bowl. Dungy freely admits he borrowed some of the concepts from the Pittsburgh Steelers “Steel Curtain” defense of the 1970s.
Dungy told Sharpe: “Who I put ahead of Tom Brady — Aaron Rodgers, John Elway, Steve Young, guys who could move. Not to say Tom wasn’t great, but that extra dimension meant something to me.”
Then Dungy admitted Brady could never be No. 1 in his book.
“I’m never putting Tom Brady ahead of Peyton Manning,” Dungy said. “So the best Tom Brady could be is two.”
We’ll see if Brady says anything about No. 2.