Judge me all you want, but I cannot in all fairness put a QB at the top spot when he played three-quarters of the previous season.
Yes, Brady has history on his side, but try to keep in mind QBs coming back from injury are always question marks.
Of course I understand what happened when Montana came back from his injury—he won two Super Bowls and two League MVPs. However, you cannot make that the default expectation. Brees has proven himself the last three seasons.
If you haven't been following, Brees has quietly made himself into the Marino of his generation.
Just like Marino, he is a great player with amazing stats who has a hard time winning due to a poor team around him.
If you are fuming at my comparison of Brees to Marino, consider they are the only two QBs in NFL history to have three 4,400+ yard seasons. Brees was the first to accomplish the feat in three consecutive years.
Also, consider Brees has thrown for 24 touchdowns or more in the last five seasons as well.
He has also not missed a start since 2003.
To recap, in 2008 Brees lead the league in completions, yards, and tied in touchdowns, accounting for 90% of his team's offense.