Where does Marcus Mariota rank among NFC South Quarterbacks?
By Nick Halden
1. Tom Brady
There isn’t one valid argument against Brady not being ranked number one in this division despite the quarterback heading into his age 45 season. Brady has been terrorizing the league for the better part of two decades and it is hard to see that changing any time soon. Favorable division matchups and a moderate schedule should keep Brady’s production up and keep his team in the playoff race.
Brady put together an MVP-worthy season last year throwing for 5,316 yards with 43 touchdowns. As the league continues to trend towards mobile options Brady continues to show how a pocket passer can still succeed in this league.
His ability to manipulate a defense and adjust in-game far outweighs any minor regression his age has caused. Tampa Bay did lose Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown this off-season but brought in slot receiver Russell Gage and will get back star receiver Chris Godwin at some point this season. It wouldn’t be shocking to see the team add yet another option as this very well might be Brady’s final run with Tampa Bay.
The road couldn’t be easier for Brady within his own division having to deal with two bridge quarterbacks in Winston and Mariota and a quarterback who will soon be sitting on the bench permanently in Carolina.