Tom Brady flubs Tony Dungy burn after rival ex-coach ranked him No. 6 all time
Hall of Famer Tony Dungy recently named Tom Brady the sixth toughest quarterback in NFL history to defend.
In a black and white world that only sees rings, this is blasphemous.
In a nuanced conversation that doesn't count quarterback wins as the only statistic (or none at all), there is room to consider that other signal callers may have been better than Brady.
Who does Dungy rank above Brady?
Dungy named Aaron Rodgers, Steve Young, John Elway, and of course Peyton Manning on his list. He defended the rankings on a recent Shannon Sharpe podcast.
"I'm never going to put Tom Brady in front of Peyton Manning, so the best he can be is two," Dungy told Sharpe. Because Peyton was my type. The highest number he has ever achieved is two.
“Then I started thinking about who was causing me real problems. John Elway. You could do everything right, have the perfect defense. He'll move and make a difference and kill you.
“Steve Young was just like that - those mobile quarterbacks. I put that in front of Tom. Aaron Rodgers, John Elway, Steve Young - people who could move. Not to say that Tom wasn't great. He is amazing. But that extra dimension meant something to me. So I wouldn't put it until six. "
Brady and Dungy, of course, have history. Dungy and Manning's Indianapolis Colts fought frequently against Brady's New England Patriots, with the franchises meeting twice in the AFC championship game during Dungy's tenure.
Brady's Patriots prevailed in 2004 on the way to Brady's second Super Bowl ring. Dungy's Colts won a classic in 2007 en route to a Super Bowl victory over the Chicago Bears.
The Patriots also defeated the Colts in the 2015 AFC Championship game after the 2014 season in a matchup that sparked the deflate gate controversy.
Tom Brady should probably check the calendar before calling the scoreboard. (David Butler / Reuters)
Brady's not-so-perfect answer to Dungy
Brady - or whoever does their social media - responded to Dungy's ranking with their own attitude and posted a picture of the Colts banner "2014 AFC Finalist" hanging in Lucas Oil Stadium on Twitter, referring to this season.
Brady's attempted scoreboard fire has a problem. Dungy had nothing to do with this game. At this point, he had retired from NFL coaching for six seasons. Chuck Pagano coached the Colts in 2014. Manning was long gone, running the Denver Broncos as he made way for the Andrew Luck era.
Overall, Brady is 15-4 against the Colts, including the playoffs. During the Dungy era, Brady is 5-3 against Indianapolis, including a 2-1 lead in the postseason.
While Brady's general view that the Patriots got the best of Dungy's Colts is true, his execution was far from flawless in the world of Twitter trash talk Tuesday.
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