My wheel house Joe and I wish we had the old boards and threads from back then; I was a Brady guy from virtually the moment he stepped on the field.I'm fascinated by the people who think the most Brock Purdy should be given is just the chance to compete for the job next year.
No, I don't think Purdy is Tom Brady.
And we remember Brady differently as he went on to win the Super Bowl once he took over. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Brady
But was everyone acting in the 2nd round of the playoffs like he was still a scrub?
FTR, 2001 was magical for me; how did I feel about Brady by the 2nd rd of playoffs? After the San Diego game I made a small wager on NE winning the sb and with my business struggling (like many did back then) I can't really put into words what it all meant.
Lets start at the beginning of the 2001 yr and the car ride to tc with a couple of buddies where I told them I was ready for someone new at QB. They had lost 17 out of their last 24 games, and while I initially loved Bledsoe, he plateaued over time and it was obvious he was a good qb who would never be a "great" qb. Always looking for the big play down the field and that same stupid look of surprise when he was blitzed and sacked again and again. It was obvious to me the moment Brady took over he was head and shoulders better at the 100 little things that lead to winning; moving the chains, his mental preparation\determination and leading by example were off the charts in comparison to Drew. Drew was\is a great guy and if you want a son in law, Drew is a great choice; if you want to win in the NFL, you take Brady and it WAS NEVER CLOSE. Some people took it personally when I declared early on what seemed obvious and I have been at the tip of the spear ever since (Brady>Bledsoe, Brady>Manning, Brady>Montana, Brady v Garoppolo(LOL!), Brady>Anybody). A lot of people don't realize Brady v Bledsoe was a REAL thing that went on for a long, long time amongst fans and the media.
Brady & Purdy, are kind of Apples and Oranges; one took over a perennial losing team early and lead it to the playoffs and the other is taking over a perennial winner late in the season. Not a Trey Lance guy and I don't think I have seen enough of Purdy to say definitely one way or the other. However, winning is all that matters and if they win again today it would seem to me to be his job to lose.