Regardless of how I did it, it always came up Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Joe Montana at the top.Mike Holmgren, Super Bowl-winning head coach who coached Montana, Young and Brett Favre: All these guys are very professional and work hard and are disciplined. Howard Mudd, NFL offensive line coach from 1974 to 2012 and all-decade offensive lineman from the 1960s: The reason why I have Tom Brady second [behind only John Elway] is because he has made his greatness with all kinds of combinations of players: two tight ends, three wide receivers, four wide receivers.
Mike Shanahan, two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach who coached Montana, Young and Elway: Five Super Bowl wins, especially the way he has won them. I don't know him very well personally, but I love the way he handles himself. GOAT Index: 80.0 percent | Highest rank: 1 | Lowest rank: 5 Teams: Colts, Broncos Manning appeared among the top three on six of 10 ballots.
Montana ranked that high eight times, but he was also lower than Manning on a couple of ballots amid some thought that he would not have translated as well to other offensive systems.
He's been blessed to play his whole career for one of the best all-around coaches ever. Brady has taken the game to a new level with training, nutrition and overall fitness.
That is partly why he has been able to play at his prime level for such a long period of time.
It takes an all-time-great voting panel to rank the greatest NFL quarterbacks of the modern era.
We have assembled one of those, which might be the last time everyone reading this treatise nods in solidarity.For example, Tom Brady was ranked above the other QBs 87 percent of the time. Read through the full file, or jump to your favorite QB using the quick links below.1. The second variable was their individual production. All of these things are tied in to the personnel they are with, the coaching that they had, the change in coaching that they had, the different systems they had to play in.Peyton Manning (80 percent) and Joe Montana (78) were next, followed by John Elway (67 percent), Aaron Rodgers (56) and so on. Let's get to the best QBs of the past four decades! And then the fourth thing was performance in the critical part of the game, which to me was fourth-quarter comebacks or game-winning drives.Mike Reinfeldt: Coming from a quarterback family, Peyton fully understands the position and all that goes into it. Tony Dungy: I don't think Peyton gets enough credit for his physical toughness -- play after play, year after year. Montana would have nailed down the second spot if a couple voters hadn't questioned how well he would have projected into other systems.People also would talk about Peyton having all these weapons, but he was responsible for a lot of that, especially when the team was so good and not picking high in the draft. When he first came into the league, he threw a lot of interceptions, but he didn't get sacked. Then as he went along, he learned not to throw the interceptions. And then through his preparation, he turned it into an audible game. The other QBs clustered near the top were more imposing physically.I mean, they got rid of Richard Seymour and went to the Super Bowl.