One of the reasons why the Patriots enjoyed so much success was because they were ruthless. Belichick and Brady did everything that it took to win even if they broke the rules. Multiple scandals including Deflategate directly implicated Brady. However, nothing has tarnished Mahomes’ wins.
There’s no evidence to suggest the Chiefs cheated during their runs to the Super Bowl in 2019 or 2022. They outperformed everybody in the AFC and won by merit. Some people hate them because they’re successful but they don’t stimulate the same inherent loathing of the 2010s Patriots (via Sporting News).
Several of the NFL’s established defensive linemen agree that Mahomes is a tougher opponent than Brady. They point out his unbelievable mobility combined with the threat of his arm. Most quarterbacks possess one dominant attribute but Mahomes has both of them. That’s another reason why he is better than Brady (via The Star).
The Panthers’ Efe Obada said: “For me personally, it’s definitely harder to play against a mobile quarterback because once they’re able to expand plays and then got explosive receivers, that can be dangerous. Mahomes has an arm that can get it deep while on the run.” Brady offered a different type of threat and nous but Mahomes is a better athlete.
Most accept that Mahomes has a stronger arm than Brady. The former’s father was an MLB pitcher and he handed these genes to his son. That’s why Mahomes has an extraordinary range of angles and throws passes nobody else can see. It’s also why he will be better than Brady one day in the history books (via CBC).
Nonetheless, Brady deserves immense respect because he played for 23 years with average physical attributes. There’s no overstating his achievements or willpower because they are beyond anything we’ve ever seen. However, if an NFL scout wanted to create a perfect quarterback they’d probably clone Mahomes.
Brady also enjoyed better defenses than Mahomes throughout his career. There’s no overstating how important that was to his longevity. Look at players like Andrew Luck and Joe Burrow who struggled with injuries. That’s because their teams didn’t protect them and keep them on the field.
This also puts more pressure on Mahomes because the team depends on his productivity. We’ve seen average quarterbacks like Joe Flacco and Nick Foles win Super Bowls because the defense stood firm. Brady is far beyond them but enjoyed more balanced teams during his time in New England (via Sporting News).
Arguably, Mahomes is the most clutch quarterback in the NFL. After Super Bowl LVII, he has a record of 15-10 in games where the Chiefs trailed at halftime. This made him the only QB since the NFC-AFC merger in 1966 with a record above .500. It’s a ridiculous statistic and shows how much the Chiefs need him (via New York Post).
We’re not going to say that the Patriots did fine with Matt Cassel as their starter in 2008. But they went 11-5 and narrowly missed the playoffs. Nobody else received a chance because of Brady’s consistency. That’s why they traded Jimmy Garoppolo to the Niners. But Mahomes defines the way the Chiefs’ success in a way Brady never did for New England.