NBC Sports NFL analyst and former quarterback Chris Simms lists “1 yr as Patriots assistant” on his Twitter page bio, but apparently that season working in the personnel department in New England did anything but give him a greater appreciation for Tom Brady.
In his work for NBC and Pro Football Talk, Simms is in the midst of ranking the NFL’s top 40 quarterbacks and he created plenty of furor this week when he slotted Brady at No. 9 overall, one spot ahead of fellow future Hall of Famer Drew Brees.
The soon-to-be-42-year-old Brady collected his sixth Super Bowl ring last winter following a year in which his passing numbers were admittedly down from his usual high standards, including those from a 2017 season in which he took home NFL MVP honors.
Still, it’s hard to argue there are eight quarterbacks that are better than Brady at this point and last year’s statistical drop-off certainly has to take into account the limited contributions from Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension and upheaval at the wide receiver position that necessitated the desperate trade for Josh Gordon, who neither opened nor closed the season as part of the Patriots passing mix.
These types of lists are obviously designed to get clicks, grab listeners and create discussion. In that way, Simms has done his job.
But in terms of actually ranking the best QBs in the game? With Brady at No. 9? In that regard Simms’ analysis is less impressive than his own NFL playing career.