Perhaps Hoge's point is QBs who are good game managers and can help talented teams win. In my opinion Flacco, Ryan are good QBs who can win games with great teams. But Bree's is on another level as being a QB who can win games against all odds, ie read defenses, make pinpoint throws, and the like without any 1st or 2nd round WR and TE weapons.
And I don't disagree with this. Do I think Matt Ryan / Joe Flacco are purely better QBs than Drew Brees? Probably not but that's also a ridiculous comparison. Drew is what - 34? Both those guys are 28 or 27. So Drew has had easily 6-7 more years in the league and 6-7 more years experience.
Regardless, my point was that Matt Ryan had a better overall year (just by QB comparison) than Drew. Was it light years ahead? No but he still had a better season.
It's not a knock on Drew - some of y'all are just overly sensative about Drew Brees.