The usual barrage of hot takes is coming in heavy Monday morning, as is typical after the New England Patriots lose an NFL game.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is at the center of many of these debates, and it's fair to question him after a lackluster performance in Sunday's Week 15 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
But is Brady really no longer a top five NFL quarterback? This question was wondered out loud on NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" on Monday. Take a listen in the video below:
"If I had to pick five QBs in the NFL to start tomorrow, I'm not sure Tom Brady is one of them."��@PSchrags is concerned about the Patriots...
��: @gmfb pic.twitter.com/Eum5b9KMsE — NFL Network (@nflnetwork) December 17, 2018
Nick Wright took a break from criticizing the Boston Celtics to call Brady a " slightly above-average" quarterback on Monday's episode of "First Things First" on FOX Sports 1.
"By all statistical standards, Tom Brady has simply been a slightly above-average quarterback this year. Up and down the list, aside from total yards passing, he's outside of the Top 10." - @getnickwright pic.twitter.com/tpLwONHjZW — First Things First (@FTFonFS1) December 17, 2018
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Brady, at least statistically, is not a top-five quarterback right now. Sometimes you have to look beyond the stats, though. He looked pretty darn good last week against the MIami Dolphins after throwing for 358 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also outdueled Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes this season. Brady is on pace to throw for more than 4,000 yards and nearly 30 touchdowns, too.
The stats might not be MVP caliber, but would you really want five or more quarterbacks leading your team in the playoffs ahead of Brady. No, you wouldn't.
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