I accidentally came across this page... http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/patriots/2006-07-19-elite-qb_x.htm This was posted back in July '06. At least some people recognized/appreciated Brady back then. As much as I dislike Shanahan (read Broncos), for obvious reasons, he has always praised BB. Even before the 1st super bowl run started. He had stated that BB was one the best coaches even before he won his 1st SB. I can't seem to get enough good stories about TB or the Pats.