Without a doubt. But I still think Brees could have another fantastic season and be right back at the top
I feel the same.
Even though Drew put up record numbers in '11, the offense did have a few average games in the first half of that season. (At Carolina, at Tampa & St. Louis)
Despite the absence of Payton this season Drew finished with nice numbers as well not withstanding the drops, poor pass protection & the disappearance of the screen game. With Payton back in the saddle calling plays & a healthy supporting cast, I could see Brees putting up some eye popping numbers. 5,300-5,600 passing yard, 50+ TDs & a completion % of 67-69.