Do you agree that Troy Aikman was a better QB than Tom Brady?
First, when you adjust for everything statistically they were about the same. I have Aikman at about a 95 QB rating if he played in this era. Aside from the fact that QB numbers are ridiculously inflated nowadays, you have to consider that Brady went to a team that was already good and got to sit for a year while Aikman went to one of the worst teams in NFL history and got thrown out there on day 1. Also, Aikman had his career cut short by injuries while Brady has managed to play well into his 40s because of advances in modern medicine. You also have to consider than Emmitt set a lot of TD records and that took away from Aikman's stats.
Aikman was a more accurate passer than Brady. Anyone who knows football and was around in the 90s knows Aikman was likely the most accurate passer in history. The game is different today. In the old days if a QB threw a 10 yard completion that meant the receiver caught the ball 10 yards downfield. Nowadays that means a 2 yard pass and an 8 yard run by the receiver. I can break all of this down but the bottom line is Aikman's completion percentages were exceptional for the time and Brady's are below average.
The big difference though is big games. Aikman's stats improved in the playoffs. Brady's get worse. A lot worse. Aikman's QB rating improved by 8% in the playoffs and 37% in the super bowl. The bigger the game the better he played. Brady's stats go DOWN by 7.4% in the playoffs. He's played a little better in the super bowl but still not as good as the regular season. Their record confirm it. Aikman had a better playoff record and a much better super bowl record.
Yes Brady won more super bowls but a lot of that has to do with his longevity. Aside from that though you can't really give him too much credit when he was playing pretty lousy in most of those games
But let's give credit where it's due. Belichick was coaching in super bowls when Brady was wearing diapers.
- Anonymous3 weeks ago
- He Hate MeLv 61 month ago
Aikman was good no doubt!But you can pretend all the stats mean something but a QB and a coach are judged on 1 thing and 1 thing only! Wins!!!Brady did what was needed to get to the postseason and di what he had to do to win those games!Most postseason wins is a stat that he can be more proud of then any passing record! The rings speak better volume then any stat! Longevity plays a lot into it as well.As someone said Aikman had 5 prime years! Brady had how many "prime" years?I would say a miniumn of 15! Fact is no one wanted to touch Aikman in the end.There was still a demand for Brady
- DavidLv 71 month ago
Aikman is vastly overrated.
- conley39Lv 71 month ago
No, I don't but he was a very good QB. Je's only the second best the Cowboys have ever had behind Roger Staubach.
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- KathyLv 71 month ago
I consider Brett Favre a better QB than Tom Brady.
- Mike WLv 71 month ago
No, he wasn't a better quarterback, but he was good enough to get into the Hall of Fame. His passing numbers aren't as good as Brady's, but they didn't have to be. He had Emmett Smith, the Moose, and a brick wall for an offensive line. They assembled a great team that wasn't just one player, in the salary cap era. It couldn't last for long.
- EntropyLv 71 month ago
No. Not even close.
Brady is 13th on the era-adjusted passer rating stats. Aikman is 64th. So any claim you're making that they were comparable statistically is just nonsense.
But it's actually even more lopsided than that. Aikman really only had a 5-year 'prime' to his career from 91 to 95. During that time he was a top 5 QB, but far from dominant. That team was Emmitt Smith's team. Aikman feasted off of 8-man boxes and the best OL in the league. Aikman played with better receivers than Brady as well.
Brady by contrast spread his excellence over a much longer period with his 'prime' arguably lasting from 2001-2018. And was regarded as an elite QB through much of that chunk. In the middle of his career, he finally was given an actual skilled outside receiver in Moss who could threaten a defense deep, and he put up arcade game numbers. Through most of his career, Belichick gave him a good slot receiver, and either a good TE or a good receiving RB...but seldom has he had a playmaking pass catcher.
- 1 month ago
Certainly. Aikman didn't have the longevity because they let the defense play like men. Brady is a product weakened pussyball...
- Anonymous1 month ago
No brady is the goat