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David Cariello

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Brees at the Top

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For the last few years, the debate over best quarterback in the NFL has included only two names: Brady and Manning. Even last season, while Drew Brees was carving up secondaries and falling just fifteen yards shy of Dan Marino's single season passing record. In fact, this time last year Drew had already thrown for 273 yards more than he has so far this season.

Yet only now that his team is winning in impressive and convincing fashion - the Saints have clawed their way to the top of the NFC South with a perfect 5-0 record so far this season -- is the rest of the football world realizing what Saints fans have known since 2006: The former Boilermaker is among the best.

Unfortunately for Brees, this league applauds success as a team and the ability to win championships as much, if not more, than stellar individual performance; that's understandable, respectable and the reason we love this game so much. But is it really fair to fault the guy because he hasn't been fortunate enough to be surrounded by equal talent? Just check the stats.

The Saints may have only been able to achieve mediocrity in recent history but consider that without Brees, the results would surely have been even worse. Remember that this debate is about the quarterbacks themselves, not the teams they play for. With all things being equal, Drew is without question the best quarterback in the league. If it takes a few more wins for the country to realize that, so be it.

By David Cariello  |  October 19, 2009; 8:50 AM ET  | Category:  New Orleans Saints , Peyton Manning , Quarterbacks , Tom Brady Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Speaking as a Patriots fan who just watched Brady through 6 touchdowns, I fully agree that Drew Brees is in the same category. I've felt that way for years and was surprised the Chargers got rid of him.

However, I disagree that you need championships to be considered great. Payton Manning was considered great (and won MVPs) before every winning a championship.

If the Patriots don't win the Super Bowl this year, I hope Brees does.

Posted by: BruceM3 | October 19, 2009 10:51 AM

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