Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 1/21/13

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during warm ups against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
The NFL media loves their quarterback narratives. They surround just about every single playoff game each year, let alone regular season. Often (most?) times, team success is ignored and takes a back seat to the success of the man under center. I cannot really remember when this started becoming a common fad. There were certainly hints of it when Steve Young was trying to get the proverbial monkey off his back after he replaced Joe Montana, and the same with John Elway as he chased down his first (of two) late in his career. Even though Jim Kelly never won the big one, it was kinda excused, since the NFC East kept throttling the Bills. But, it never became a recurring backdrop probably until the last 10 years, when passing games started to dominate offenses. More specifically, when Peyton Manning couldn’t beat Tom Brady. That is when the theme began. As Peyton set records, he couldn’t move on past Brady and the Patriots, and the Pats were winning Super Bowls. The rings were being credited to Brady and Bill Belichick, and the losses were pinned on Peyton. Now, all quarterbacks have a narrative to defeat. Last year, the term “elite” [...]
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