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Sean Moroney
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Sean Moroney

Lead writer, editor and creator of the Pro Quarterback Manifesto

Not Drew Brees


For the question of "Who would you want under center to win one game"--there are three historically superior options to choose from.

Let's approach this question in its simplest form -- needing to win.

My first choice would easily be Tom Brady. Brady is currently sitting at a 91-26 career record. That means Brady wins 82% of his games. Again, 82% of his games. This should be a no-brainer.

Right behind Brady, Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger (not Drew Brees) would be next in this discussion. Roethlisberger is a career 55-22 (71%) and Peyton is 122-59 (67%) for his career. Both are excellent options. In fact, Brady, Ben, and Peyton will go down as perhaps three of the top five quarterbacks of all time.

Don't get me wrong, Drew Brees is a good quarterback, and has been great so far this season, but his qualifications aren't nearly as good as Brady, Ben or Peyton.

Brees is only 60-51 (54%) as a starter, and before this season was only 15-17 in the two years before that.

And we didn't even get into playoff performance yet! Brady has three rings (14-3 playoff record), Ben has two (8-2 playoff record), and Peyton has one (7-8 playoff record). Over the past seven seasons, only Brady, Ben, and Peyton have represented the AFC in the Super Bowl, wining six of the last seven Super Bowls.

Brees is a career 1-2 in the playoffs, and was outplayed by Rex Grossman in the 2006 NFC Championship Game.

Let's just say Drew Brees has a lot of work cut out for him to catch up to the current "Big Three," but for now, should be left out of this discussion.

By Sean Moroney  |  October 19, 2009; 10:46 AM ET  | Category:  New England Patriots , Peyton Manning , Pittsburgh Steelers , Quarterbacks , Tom Brady Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Ben over Brees? Are you kidding me? The only reason Pittsburgh has won Superbowls with Ben is because of their defense. Brees has a bad regular season/postseason record because his team's defense has been atrocious. I'll agree that Brees hasn't done what Brady or Manning have done, but I'd take him over Big Ben any day. That being said, I'd take ANY of them with one hand tied behind their back over either QB on the Skins this year...

Posted by: Daspig | October 20, 2009 10:25 AM

I am torn between posting an intelligent rebuttal to your thoughts or just calling you an idiot.
Consistently throughout his career, Brees has done more with less.
He has been underestimated in high school, college and the pros; he was for a long while, not taken seriously because of his size. Then, in the pros, he was surrounded by incomplete teams in both San Diego and in his first few seasons in NOLA, a team with a truly woeful defense.
Say what you will but Drew Brees throws the ball with a precision that is breathtaking and this year, he may finally have the supporting cast to get the brass ring.

Posted by: pariahcarey | October 20, 2009 10:45 AM

Stop being a Saints apologist. Just because this author obviously has no idea what he's writing about, you need to get off that Saints bandwagon you just jumped on yesterday afternoon after the unholiest of smackdowns.
Pretty sneaky thinking you could all of the sudden think you're a real fan.

and by the way, supporting cast (defense or offense) having to do something with your winning %? to Trent Dilfer. you really think the Ravens would have won the super bowl without his 48% passing accuracy? Puhleez!!!

Posted by: Rodenheimer | October 20, 2009 11:18 AM

*thanks Rodenheimer
- let me throw some more names out there; Jim Plunkett? Jeff Hostetler? Brad Johnson? Jim McMahon?! Each a Super Bowl champion, starting QB - and they did it all by themselves, right? Clearly they're better than Marino - clearly nothing more than a huge loser, I mean, zero SB rings right?

Do you really believe Tom Brady wins all those Super Bowls playing for the Oakland Raiders or the Detroit Lions the last few years???

With no pass protection, or running game, and no defensive guru on the sidelines, Brady would be another David Carr..

Or would Ben Rothlisberger have the same success he's enjoyed if he were lining up behind the Houston Texans fabled offensive line? Please.

Posted by: paulserrano | October 20, 2009 1:32 PM

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