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A former NFL coach is under fire for his ranking of the greatest quarterbacks in recent history

A former NFL coach is under fire for his ranking of the greatest quarterbacks in recent history
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July 20
19:002017

Former NFL coach under fire for his ranking of 10 best quarterbacks since 1978








Kelsey Driscoll, AOL.com
Jul 20th 2017 1:00PM















In the history of professional quarterbacks, Peyton Manning has the most touchdown passes. Aaron Rodgers has the highest passer rating. Tom Brady has the most Super Bowl rings.But who's the best player overall?There's a lot to consider when making your pick for Greatest Of All Time -- GOAT, for short. Lucky for us, ESPN put together an all-star panel of NFL icons to decide once and for all: Who is the best quarterback of the modern era?A group of 10 NFL coaches and executives all submitted their votes for their top quarterbacks since 1978 -- but the selection process was not as unanimous as you'd believe.Tony Dungy, a former coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts, shocked many by putting New England Patriots quarterback (and longtime Colts nemesis) Tom Brady sixth on his list.











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Tony Dungy through his career
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Tony Dungy through his career












LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 16: Tony Dungy #27 of the San Francisco 49ers runs up the field during a game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 16,1979 in Los Angeles, California. The Rams won 27-24. (Photo by: Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)










PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 4: Defensive back Tony Dungy #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sideline during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Three Rivers Stadium on December 4, 1977 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)










PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 1983: Defensive backs coach Tony Dungy (R) of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks with Donnie Shell #31 and Harvey Clayton #33 on the sideline during a National Football League game at Three Rivers Stadium in November 1983 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)










BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 13: Defensive backs coach Tony Dungy of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sideline during a game against the Baltimore Colts at Memorial Stadium on November 13, 1983 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)










3 Aug 1996: Head coach Tony Dungy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talks with tight end Dave Moore #83 on the sideline during the Bucs 13-10 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Zoran Milich/ALLSPORT










TAMPA, UNITED STATES: Tampa Bay Buccaneers' rookie quarterback Shawn King (L) celebrates with Head coach Tony Dungy (R) after defeating the Washington in the NFC playoffs at Raymond James Stadium 15 January 2000 in Tampa, FL. The Bucs beat Washington 14-13. AFP PHOTO/Peter MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)










DENVER - AUGUST 25: Head coach Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts watches the game against the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on August 25, 2003 in Denver, Colorado. The Colts defeated the Broncos 28-23. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)










18 Jan 2004: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots and the Colts head coach Tony Dungy embrace after the Pats' 24-14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. (Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)










FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16: Head coach Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts looks on during the AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2005 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)










MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 04: Head coach Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts is held-up on the shoulders of his assistant coaches as he celebrates a 29-17 win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)










Miami, UNITED STATES: Quarterback Peyton Manning (R) holds the Vince Lombardi trophy beside head coach Tony Dungy (L) after their team won Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears 04 February 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida. Manning completed 25 of 38 passes for 247 yards and one touchdown to lead Indianapolis to a 29-17 win over the Chicago Bears as the Colts claimed their first Super Bowl title in 36 years. AFP PHOTO/JEFF HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)










MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 5: Head Coach Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts speaks to the media the morning after winning Super Bowl XLI at the Miami Beach Convention Center on February 5, 2007 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)










BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 13: Head Coach Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts looks on against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Divisional playoff game on January 13, 2007 at MT Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The Colts won 15-6. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)










THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3400 -- Pictured: (l-r) Indianapolis Colts football coach Tony Dungy during an interview with host Jay Leno on July 11, 2007 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)










OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 16: Head coach Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts (R) greets defensive lineman Warren Sapp #99 of the Oakland Raiders after the game at McAfee Coliseum December 16, 2007 in Oakland, California. The Colts won 21-14. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)










30 NOV 2008: Indianapolis head coach Tony Dungy during the Colts win against the the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland Ohio November 30, 2008. (Photo by Aaron Josefczuk /Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)










Former NFL Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy visits 'Late Show with David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on January 29, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)










Coach Tony Dungy given The Lifetime of inspiration Award at The Tenth Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration at the Sun Dome on January 30, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)










TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Lauren Dungy, Tony Dungy and Meredith Vieira appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)










NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL -- Pictured: (l-r) Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison during Football Night in America at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI as part of NBCUniversal's NFL Kick Off -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank










NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 31: Former Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy laughs with Jim Rome during CBS SPORTS RADIO broadcast from Radio Row in New Orleans site of Super Bowl XLVII. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)










30 JAN 2015: The 2015 Bart Starr Award is given to Peyton Manning by Tony Dungy and Bart Starr Jr during the 28th Annual NFL-Sanctioned Super Bowl Breakfast. The breakfast was held at the JW Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)










EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - APRIL 11: Tony Dungy poses for a video shoot after speaking to 4500 men during the 'Arise with the Guys' event at Grace Church Eden Prairie on April 11, 2015 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. (Photo by: Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)










CANTON, OH - AUGUST 06: Tony Dungy, former NFL head coach, poses next to his bronze bust during the NFL Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)










INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 24: Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy speaks during a halftime ceremony to present Pro Football Hall of Fame rings to former wide receiver Marvin Harrison and Dungy during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Steelers defeated the Colts 28-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)































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Brady's greatness has long been a topic of debate, but he was ranked either first or second on every ballot aside from Dungy's.Media outlets and fans -- especially those from New England -- were quick to point fingers, wondering if Dungy was biased due to the Patriots' success against the teams he coached.That was not the case, ESPN Senior Writer Mike Sando pointed out. Rather, Dungy approached his ballot from the angle of a defensive coordinator and placed his votes based on the quarterbacks who are the toughest to prepare for.That gave him a top three of John Elway, Steve Young and Aaron Rodgers.Despite the disagreement, five-time Super Bowl champion Brady came in atop the GOAT list even without Dungy's vote. You can see the full list via ESPN here.Related: See Tom Brady throughout his decorated career:












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Tom Brady through the years
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Tom Brady through the years












FOXBORO, UNITED STATES: The New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady passes against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter of their game at Foxboro Stadium 30 September 2001 in Foxboro, MA. AFP PHOTO/John MOTTERN (Photo credit should read JOHN MOTTERN/AFP/Getty Images)










PITTSBURGH, UNITED STATES: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts in pain on the bench after being knocked out of the game with a leg injury in the second quarter of the AFC Championship game 27 January, 2002 at Heinz Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA. The winner will face either the St. Louis Rams or the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)










FOXBORO, UNITED STATES: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (C) takes a hit from Charles Woodson (R) of the Oakland Raiders on a pass attempt in the last two minutes of the game in their AFC playoff 19 January 2002 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won 16-13 in overtime. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)










FOXBORO, UNITED STATES: New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady shows frustration after failing to make a two point conversion in the 4th quarter against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium 27 October,2002 in Foxboro, MA. AFP PHOTO/JOHN MOTTERN (Photo credit should read JOHN MOTTERN/AFP/Getty Images)










NEW ORLEANS, UNITED STATES: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady pitches the ball to a back during first half action of Super Bowl XXXVI 03 February, 2002 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The St. Louis Rams and the New England Patriots are playing for the NFL championship. AFP PHOTO/Tom SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)










NEW ORLEANS, UNITED STATES: AFC Champions New England Patriots players (L to R) Ty Law, Troy Brown, Lawyer Milloy, and Tom Brady strike a pose for photographers during the team's photo and interview day 29 January 2002 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. The Patriots will take on the NFC Champions St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI on 03 February. AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)










Tom Brady received Best Breakthrough Athlete at ESPN's 10th Annual Espy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Ca. Wednesday, July 10, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect










HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 1: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after defeating the Carolina Panthers 32-29 during Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium on February 1, 2004 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)










HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 1: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on before Super Bowl XXXVIII against the Carolina Panthers at Reliant Stadium on February 1, 2004 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)










HOUSTON - FEBRUARY 1: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks to toss the ball to a running back against the Carolina Panthers during Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium on February 1, 2004 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Panthers 32-29. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)










FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 9: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a pass against the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL game at Gillette Stadium on September 9, 2004 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)










FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2005 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)










Tom Brady of The New England Patriots speaks with the media during media day at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida on February 1, 2005. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)










JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Lombardi trophy after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)










PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 23: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers with the Lamar Hunt Trohpy in the AFC championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2005 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Patriots defeated the Steelers 41-27 to advance to the Super Bowl. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)










DENVER - OCTOBER 16: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots heads for the bench after a failed offensive drive against the Denver Broncos as the Broncos defeated the Patriots 28-20 at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 16, 2005 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)










FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 8: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots runs off the field after winning the 2005 NFL opening game against the Oakland Raiders at Gillette Stadium on September 8, 2005 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Raiders 30-20. (Photo by Travis Lindquist/Getty Images)










EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 29: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots points out the defense against the New York Giants on December 29, 2007 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)










EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 29: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Richard Seymour #93 after defeating the New York Giants to go undefeated for the season on December 29, 2007 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)










GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots stretches before taking on the New York Giants during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)










GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is hit as he throws by defensive tackle Barry Cofield #96 and Osi Umenyiora #72 of the New York Giants in the first half during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)










GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is hit hard by Michael Strahan #92 of the New York Giants in the second quarter during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

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