Tom Brady knows a thing or two about what it takes to quarterback a team through a perfect regular season, leading the Patriots to a 16-0 campaign in 2007 and falling one helmet catch shy of football immortality.
This season, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are threatening to put together a Patriots-esque run, and Brady addressed Green Bay's attempt at a perfect season on Wednesday's edition of Showtime's "Inside the NFL."
"It's so impressive when you watch a team that can string together that many victories going all the way back to last season," Brady said, via the Boston Herald. "It really tells you what the character and the make-up of the players on that team are. So them getting off to the start that they've gotten off to is very impressive. And the way Aaron's playing, it's impossible to play the quarterback position any better than he is playing it right now."
Rodgers has a 128.0 quarterback rating through 11 games to go along with 3,475 passing yards and 33 touchdowns to four interceptions. Sports Illustrated recently attempted to put Rodger's year in context of some other prolific passing seasons from the past decade, and Rodgers' work compares favorably with the best of Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.
In particular, Brady's 2007 numbers through the season's first 11 games nearly are identical to Rodgers' stats from this year. Brady had a 127.9 QB rating and 3,439 passing yards, but bested Rodgers with 39 TDs.
Rodgers wasn't the only signal-caller on Brady's mind during his TV spot, however, as he also commented on Manning's absence from this weekend's Patriots-Colts game.
"The NFL misses guys like that," Brady said. "I know how much football means to Peyton. He and I have developed a real friendship over the years. I remember when I got hurt, he was one of the first people that called me and kind of expressed his disappointment that I wouldn't be out there. And I feel the same way. And hopefully he'll be back out there next year."