It looks as if Patriots fans aren't the only ones wondering why Tom Brady slid three spots to number four on the NFL's Top 100 list. NFL.com writer Dan Hanzus argues that Brady's slide "doesn't make any sense" and that it is "patently absurd":
Brady was just as good at his job as he was a year earlier. If anything, he was better. The league evolved on offense, the Patriots' identity changed, and Brady never skipped a beat. He threw 119 more passes without losing a percentage point of accuracy. He was a future Hall of Famer clearly in the prime of his career.
As for the players ahead of him? Rodgers put together a masterpiece stat line of his own and won the league MVP, so we're not going to go too crazy there. Brees had outstanding numbers, but he also threw it more and had a superior supporting cast. Calvin Johnson? Megatron's a beast, but come on folks. Wide receivers need not apply to my top five.
Rodgers overtaking Brady at No. 1 is fine. But there's no way he can slip lower than No. 2. I demand a recount.
Again, I can't help but agree with Hanzus. Of course, as a Patriots fan, I'm inherently biased. But lets not forget, Brady was ranked number one last year, and followed it up, just like Rodgers and Brees, with a historic season. And while I can at least understand Brady being ranked behind Rodgers and Brees, there's no way Brady should be ranked behind Johnson, as good as he is.