Every team wishes they had their own version of a young Tom Brady. Most teams would be fine with an old Tom Brady, too. Some teams would be absolutely fine with a quarterback that flashed even the tiniest percentage of ability when compared to Tom Brady.
It looks like the Tennessee Titans are one of them.
The Titans have their quarterback position in focus as they hold the second overall pick in the draft and there are two consensus future starters at quarterback. If the Titans don't address the quarterback position in the draft, it's because they believe they already have the future on the roster.
Enter Zach Mettenberger, a second year player the Titans coaching staff and front office believes to be "a poor team's Tom Brady."
And to be fair, the similarities are uncanny. Both Mettenberger and Brady were sixth round picks. Both have overcome torn ACLs. They're both roughly 6'5, 225 lbs. They have birthdays roughly two weeks apart. They've both thrown interceptions against the Ravens. Both quarterbacks excel at the social media game.
At the end of the day, isn't that what being a quarterback is all about?
The Titans never specified how poor they were talking about. The fact that Mettenberger has two arms and two legs has to put him in a similar taxonomic category as Tom Brady. He plays the same position in the same sport.
They both threw single digit interceptions, even if Brady threw 3x more passes. Mettenberger had a passer rating of 83.4, and Brady fell below 85.0 passer rating in both 2000 (42.4) and 2008 (83.9)- the only two times he's done so. Mettenberger had a 5:5 TD:INT ratio on passes shorter than 15 yards; Brady held a 28:6. Brady grew a full on beard to pay respects to Logan Mankins, while Mettenberger featured a gnarly mustache.
So perhaps it's clear that Tennessee has a different cost of living than New England. Anything Brady can do, Mettenberger can do at roughly 25% efficiency. I'm considering adding "Poor Man's Tom Brady" to my business cards, along with the rest of my titles. I'll just leave out how poor.
A poor person's Warren Buffett, Elon Musk, and George Clooney all rolled into one.