When we talk about quarterbacks, we usually say "if he just had a better receiver" or "if he just had better protection," they would be better. That applies to Brady and Brees, but I won't say that they're overrated just because they're surrounded by talent.
I also want to make it clear that I am a Packers fan, and for those of you interested in knowing, I eat cheese whenever I get the chance. The cheese gives me power, and I suspect one day I will become ruler of the universe as a result. If not, then I guess I just like cheese. Needless to say, I can be pretty biased.
That being said, I don't think that the MVP debate is even close, or at least I don't think that it should be.
Look, Brees had a frigging amazing year. No doubt about that. He set multiple records, including total passing yards and completion percentage. He has had a year that would guarantee any quarterback a spot in the MVP race.
For Brady, it's the same. He had an amazing year, and he probably did it with the least amount of talent of any of the three quarterbacks listed.
But, the straight-up truth is that Aaron Rodgers had a better year than either of them. Way better.
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Gazette put it greatly into perspective. The only thing I found so frustrating about it is that he seems to be the only person I know of who has been preaching the same thing I have for a while now.
His case (and mine) is that Rodgers didn't put up the numbers that Brees did. However, Rodgers was far more efficient.
Brees threw for 5,400 yards to Rodgers' 4,600, which is obviously an 800-yard difference. The tricky part here is that Rodgers threw for 9.2 yards per passing attempt to Brees' 8.3. Had Rodgers thrown the ball as much as Brees did, he would have eclipsed 6,000 passing yards.
The same goes for the touchdown passes. Had Rodgers thrown the ball as much as Brees, he would have had 60 touchdown passes.
Add that to the fact that Brees' run game ranks sixth in the league (Green Bay is 27th), that he's sacked every 26 passing attempts to Rodgers' 13 and that Brees played 11 indoor games to Rodgers' two this year.
Based on these statistics, you could make a strong case that this isn't even close, which is what I believe.
Apply most of this to Brady, and you get a similar story. Though Brady doesn't play in a dome, nor does he have as great of weapons as Rodgers does, he still has better protection and a better run game. Altogether, I don't think Brady had quite the season that Rodgers did this year.
While we're at it, we might as well throw in the fact that Rodgers had 257 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns (including one against the Chiefs) to Brees' 86 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown.
Now, does Rodgers benefit from the system? Of course, he does. That's because every quarterback does. There is no such thing as a quarterback who just completely runs his own show unless your name is Peyton Manning, maybe.
If Matt Flynn goes out and has a great day, you have to consider the circumstances. This is a quarterback who's shown flashes before, especially against New England in 2010.
This is a quarterback who's studied the system for four years now. Can we at least consider the possibility that maybe this is a good quarterback who just had a really good day?
Seriously, enough of Matt Flynn. Enough of this debate.
If on Feb. 4 I hear that Drew Brees is the NFL MVP, I'll applaud him. However, I will absolutely never agree with the decision. Rodgers is my NFL MVP.