Bill Williamson – ESPN’s 10th ranked writer based on looks (as prepared by reputable political website SoD) – recently offered his argument in ESPN.com’s “Double Coverage” that Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman is more essential to his team than Patriots QB (Steamy White Looks?) Tom Brady is to his. No seriously.
Now I realize that it’s June 10th and the NFL writers need something to do – but did they really need to force Merriman v. Brady down our throats? Both players missed most of the 2008 season and that’s about where the comparison should end. Sure the Chargers went from 11-5 in 2007 to 8-8 in 2008 without Merriman and sure Merriman is a 3-time Pro Bowler and 2006 All-Pro – but more valuable than Brady? In case you’ve forgotten let me throw a few stats at you:
- 50 touchdowns
- 8 interceptions
- 4,806 yards
- 117.2 quarterback rating
Read those things again. And then read them again. Then go eat a cheese danish, get 15-20 minutes of exercise and read them again. Those are Tom Brady’s 2007 stats – a season in which the Patriots went undefeated until the Super Bowl. Now I suppose Matt Cassel had a respectable year, but he still threw for over ONE THOUSAND less yards and 29 less touchdowns – while throwing 3 more interceptions than Brady. Oh and the Pats went 11-5 and missed the playoffs.
I do realize that Mr. Williamson is paid to take a certain line of argument that may or may not be one he agrees with- but this is ridiculous. Tom Brady is a once in a lifetime, sure-fire Hall of Fame quarterback who will go down along with Joe Montana, John Elway, and Johnny Unitas among the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. Shawne Merriman is a nice linebacker who will be remembered much in the same way as above average 90’s linebackers like Greg Lloyd and Kevin Greene – you know if they were suspended for steroid use during their 2nd seasons.