Mailbag: Brees Not The Best

Brees is the best player quarterback in the league not to win a Superbowl but all that can change with his current New Orleans Saints team.

Going through my mailbag this weekend, I came across this suggestion from a reader that I felt was appropriate especially with the huge MNF game tonight between the undefeated Saints and the team of the decade: the Patriots.  Here is what he said:

Maybe you can do an article on the BEST NFL quarterback, Drew Brees.   He keeps coming back from big deficits every week to stay perfect on the season.  With his accuracy as shown in this video, he can spread the ball around better than anyone else in the game.  He continues to shove the ball up his opponent’s asses.  So where’s the post on Brees being the best in the game?


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The reason I haven’t done a piece on Drew Brees being the NFL’s best quarterback is because he’s not.  When discussing the league’s best QBs there should only be two choices:  1) Tom Brady 2) Peyton Manning.  Brees is remarkable and maybe the best of the rest but he cannot be seriously be considered the best overall.  It goes without saying that a

As great as Elway was not even he could not fend off the Superbowl stigma until he won his 1st Lombardi Trophy.

quarterback needs to win a Superbowl in order to be mentioned in the conversation.  Unfortunately it is how all great players, especially quarterbacks, are measured.  Too many magnificent quarterbacks before Brees succumbed to the Superbowl rule.  Dan Fouts, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino just to name a few.  If John Elway couldn’t get a pass with his first 3 Superbowl appearances, all loses prior to his 2 wins, then Brees, who has yet to even make it to the Superbowl, will not be granted that privilege either.

Now Brees is in my Top 5 and is far superior to fellow 2-time Superbowl champion Ben Roethlisberger. So regarding the Superbowl rule he is an exception of sorts.  No one outside of Pittsburgh would pick Roethlisberger over Brees if they had the choice.  Brees is one of the few QBs who are irreplaceable like Brady and Manning.  He is quickly closing the gap between himself and the elite.  A win over Brady’s Patriots tonight on Monday Night Football may very well provide the Saints with the fuel needed to make Superbowl run.  Then Brees can look to eradicate the one thing that plagues his credentials.

As far as his place among the best in the game I would have to place him 4th overall.  The #1 choice is clear but in a tough decision I would have to place Favre over Brees right now.  Favre is playing some of his best football with far less turnovers than Brees.  Brees has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns in half his games played this year.  The Saints are undefeated but the Vikings’ sole loss came at the expense of some convenient calls for the home team Steelers that ultimately took away the Vikings’ winning scores.  Favre and Brees are running a close race and a standout performance against the Patriots could propel Brees ahead of Favre but it’s unlikely.  This is vintage Favre we’re seeing and he’s looking a lot like the bayou brat who won a championship in the city Brees plays for.  See how that championship factor keeps working its way in the conversation?  If guys like Jeff Hostetler, Mark Rypien and Trent Dilfer have championship rings then it would be a crime if a talent like Drew Brees goes ring-less in his career.  Hopefully the Saints win it all this year because Brees truly deserves a ring.  I can’t think of anyone else in the league that is more deserving than Drew Brees.

Brees. Brady. Manning.  It’s all debatable but here are my top five quarterbacks in the game today:

1) Tom Brady

2) Peyton Manning

3) Brett Favre

4) Drew Brees

5) Ben Roesthlisberger


One Response to “Mailbag: Brees Not The Best”

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