A little something from Bill Simmons' new article ranking QBs. He's not a football guy, but he understands the basic concepts of the game. He's an opinion writer, not an analyst, and I always enjoy his observations, even if they are off-base at times in regards to football (dude is a basketball genius, though).
3. Tom Brady, Patriots
Seems a little high? Know that Football Outsiders had him ranked first in its adjusted rankings -- on top of the yearly reality that he doesn't get eight home games in a dome like Brees or Manning, FO calculates that he played the hardest schedule of pass defense opponents of any QB since 1993 -- and remember that it takes two years to fully recover from reconstructive knee surgery. The Patriots also spruced up their tight end spot (remember this name: Rob Gronkowski) and go four-deep at receiver with Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Julian Edelman (last year's find) and Brandon Tate (this year's find). Throw in their potentially lousy defense, the nonstop Brees/Manning/Favre/Rodgers hype and Bob Kraft's miserly refusal to extend his contract … and yes, all signs point to a monster Brady fantasy season. We'll see if it translates to a playoff appearance. Or a better hairc-.
(Crap, I slipped. Sorry.)