The case for Manning as all-decade MVP

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Some Colts faithful were furious that our all-decade offense had Tom Brady at quarterback over Peyton Manning.

I think they may have a stronger case against the MVP selection of Brady over Manning in Tim Graham's post on the all-decade team, coach and MVP.

The choice of Brady over Manning came down to playoff success.

Manning fans will point to the Colts quarterback's prolific passing stats, but where Brady sets himself apart is postseason performance. Brady won as many postseason games as Manning played in.

Brady is 14-3 this decade, while Manning is 7-7. Brady has thrown 26 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. Manning has thrown 22 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

Also of note, Brady won three Super Bowls with an uninspiring group of receivers. In the one year he had Randy Moss and Wes Welker, the Patriots set several NFL records.

I don't think the strength or weakness of the supporting cast should be a huge factor just as I don't think Matt Cassel's success last year in any way dents Brady's quality or accomplishments.

But more importantly, if we're true to the award as it's presented, then MVP is a regular-season award, not a postseason award.

Manning's got 101 regular season wins this decade to Brady's 87. And Manning's got three MVPs to Brady's one.

In that context, the case is a good one, and in this instance I'd have voted for Manning.