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Be The GM: Brady Vs. Sanchez
Authored by Andrew Perna - 20th August, 2009 - 10:08 am

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Not only is it a matchup between two quarterbacks, but both play in large markets, have ties to sunny California and are lauded over by for their play (by all fans) and looks (by women forced to watch games with their men).

Mark Sanchez will have two opportunities, assuming he starts for the Jets (which he will), to show that he can hang with Tom Brady this season. However, you must make a decision between the two before the former USC standout even plays in a meaningful professional game.

Why Brady Is A Franchise Player

There is absolutely no denying Brady's ability. He's coming off major reconstructive knee surgery, but few doubt that he'll come back with a vengeance in 2009. He attempted just 11 passes last season due to the injury he suffered in Week One against the Chiefs, but tossed a record 50 touchdowns in the season prior when the Patriots fell one win shy of a perfect year.

Brady is never listed any lower than second on the list of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but is sometimes put on top (ahead of the infamous Peyton Manning). He's still in his prime at 32, and has less wear on his tires than Manning when you consider the season he missed (2008) and his rookie year (2000) when he threw just three passes.

New England doesn't have much behind him, which leads many to believe that he's close to 100%. Ice water runs through his veins, and he is rather selfless when it comes to winning as well.

Why Sanchez Is A Franchise Player

Sanchez has a bright future in the NFL, but he faces one of the best men ever to play his position, complete with multiple Super Bowl victories. He has a strong arm and throws a catchable ball to a variety of spots on the field.

It's admittedly hard to make a case for Sanchez over a guy like Brady, but he is nearly ten years younger than New England's favorite son. The former Trojan is a media darling, even more so than Brady is in terms of openness. USC coach Pete Carroll has said that he will be a better professional than Carson Palmer.

Plan and simple, there are two ways to look at this matchup. If you want to win a Super Bowl now, or in the next few years, take Brady. But if you'd like to have at the very least a very good quarterback behind center for the next 10 years, vote for Sanchez.

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