Tom Brady’s move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers not only shifts some of the power balance in the NFL, it also changes the quarterback dynamic in the NFC.
At 42 years old, Brady is not his vintage self. However, he still should be one of the top quarterbacks in the NFC, at least on paper. The Bucs are counting on him to be, at least.
Earlier today, ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky revealed his current list of the top quarterbacks in the NFC. He slots Brady at No. 2, ahead of Drew Brees and behind only Russell Wilson.
Carson Wentz is Orlovsky’s fourth-best NFC signal caller, with Aaron Rodgers rounding out the top five. The biggest cases for snubs seem to be Matt Ryan and Dak Prescott, with Matt Stafford and Kirk Cousins on the next tier.
— First Take (@FirstTake) March 30, 2020
In our opinion, Wilson is the clear-cut No. 1 guy in the NFC right now. Beyond that, how you rate Brady among the other QBs probably depends on how much you think he has left physically.
Bucs GM Jason Licht made it pretty clear today that he thinks Brady has plenty in the tank.
“Well, the tape to us showed that he had plenty of arm,” Licht told ESPN. “We felt that he had the ideal arm for Bruce and his system. He can still throw it deep. We felt the mobility was still the same as he’s always had, which he’s never been able to out-run anybody but he’s good in the pocket in terms of eluding pressure with his poise and his instincts.
“We did not see a decline in his arm talent whatsoever and in fact we felt like he could play for over two years for us. Hopefully, that’s the case.”
How would you rank the NFC quarterbacks?