I don’t watch ESPN so I don’t know what they’re saying but I have a couple points to make on this topic.
First and foremost let’s see what happens Sunday night. If Brady puts in another performance like he did on Monday I don’t see how the argument can be made for Manning over Brady. The quality of the competition is just so lopsided, when all the other stats are equally comparable.
Second, I think the MVP argument is the most overblown thing in the NFL. It’s trying to determine the most important cog in a 53 cog machine. Who really cares? There are so many ways to determine value. Just tell me who the best is and don’t give me a “yeah but he’s just a system player” argument.
Adapting a system to a player is what smart teams do. It makes you think the only thing you need to make a convincing MVP argument is to have one awesome player surrounded by bums and bad coaches.
"They’d be 0-16 if it weren’t for this guy". Well what does that matter? Isn’t this a team sport? Why are we getting so worked up over that one argument?
It’s just because MVP has such a connotation to it that this one player is just the absolute best, but really when you boil it down it’s not about that, and in a team sport like football that really doesn’t matter.
Tell me who the best quarterback is in the NFL and I’m happy with that.