Much like Brady and Manning, Brees has consistently put up spectacular numbers.
But here's the big difference: Brees, far more than either the other two, has also consistently suffered with the yoke of bad defenses hanging around him.
Most of those defenses were bad. But none of those defenses were worse than the unit Brees was paired with in 2012. The Saints last year fielded the first 7,000-yard defense in the history of football, surrendering 7,042 yards. They were statistical light years worse than the 31st-ranked Giants (6,134 yards). The 2012 Saints also surrendered 454 points, second worst in franchise history, behind the 1-15 Saints of 1980.
Brees must be used to the burden by now. In his 11 years as a starting quarterback
(2002-05 with Chargers; 2006-2012 with Saints), he’s played with a top 10 defense in either scoring or total defense just once
: the 2010 Saints ranked No. 7 in scoring D and No. 4 in total D MORE at cold hard football facts