2012 Saints: Why Drew Brees Is a Better MVP Candidate Than Matt Ryan

Jason BernosContributor IINovember 29, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 11:   Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons talks with  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 11, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Falcons 31-27.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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This should come as no shock to anyone in any area near enough to an NFC South team, but Drew Brees is good. I mean, Drew Brees, as Les Miles would put it, is "damn" good.

But something has eluded that man throughout his Saints career despite putting up Hall of Fame numbers, and that's an MVP award. Yes, he probably isn't going to win this year, but is he a better candidate then Matt Ryan?

Yes. Very much so, yes.

This is a harder argument to make after Brees threw two passes last Sunday that went back the other way for touchdowns, but not a difficult one.

I am never a proponent of giving MVP awards or Heismans away to guys who are simply on the best team or the undefeated team.

If that is the only reason that you would give that player the award than that is a pure cop-out.

You probably pick every home team in a game, don't you?

That trend needs to stop. It is called Most Valuable Player. It should go to someone that is an irreplaceable man in that locker room who is having a fantastic year.

And that is Brees over Ryan by a long shot.

Ryan has had a good year. I give him that, but I would argue that the defense has made the difference in more games than Ryan. It seems any time the B.C. alum has a bad game, which has been surprisingly often this year despite his stats, the defense has bailed him out. His Raiders and Cardinals games come to mind with a combined eight interceptions in those contests.

Brees, on the other hand, usually doesn't cost his team much with his bi-weekly imitation of Brett Favre, last week's actions notwithstanding. He is the one that is usually bailing his defense out with points galore when it's needed. 

Don't come at me with the stats that Ryan has, blah blah. If I were talking about stats, Brees would be miles and miles ahead. It wouldn't be a contest, you know, like the one in the Georgia Dome won't be on Thursday night.

Brees has helped steady the Saints ship after a rough 0-4 start that was consistent with one thing: blowing leads. Oh yea, he doesn't have his head coach, either, from the ridiculous witch hunt of a bounty scam. 

You don't think that is an uphill battle? An uphill battle, mind you, that Brees has led his team up and over with victories in five of his last seven games.

Not to mention that he is in the top three of all major passing categories sans the egregious passer rating column.

There's no doubt in my mind that Brees should get the trophy this year if, and there's a big if, he finishes the job and leads the Saints to the playoffs.

At that point, you can give the player with the best stats on the year the Offensive Player of the Year trophy, which the Saints quarterback regularly wins, and hand Brees his MVP that he should have one of already.

But don't justify Matt Ryan as the better choice than the Drew Brees just because his team only has one loss. It should be the one who has meant the most to his team that should receive it.

In my eyes, that's the $100 million man.