When it comes to the conversation of who’s the best passer in the league right now, only two guys really come to mind. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are always the two leading candidates and sometimes Aaron Rodgers‘ name will be sprinkled in, but people often tend to overlook New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. His numbers and accolades may not be as gaudy, but Brees has done enough with considerably less talent around him than some of the other top quarterbacks.
When you look at the quality of the receiving corps, Manning and Brady have certainly had more help than Brees. Over the course of his career, Manning has thrown to the likes of Reggie Wayne (six Pro Bowls), Marvin Harrison (eight), Demaryius Thomas (two) and Wes Welker (five), as well as others. Brady, until recently, has benefited from an enormously talented squad which has included players such as Welker, Rob Gronkowski (two) and Randy Moss (six). Compared to Brees’ cast of Marques Colston (zero), Jimmy Graham (two) and Lance Moore (zero), it’s pretty apparent that Brady and Manning have had considerably more help from their receivers than Brees.
When it comes to their actual passing numbers, Brees isn’t far off. He was the first to break Dan Marino‘s single season passing yardage mark and still holds the record for completions in a season. In terms of postseason success, Brees has won just as many Super Bowls as Manning, and everyone remembers how he out dueled him in that game.
Manning and Brady are still going to be the front-runners for the top spot, but there’s no reason that Brees shouldn’t at least be mentioned in that conversation.