Brian Billick: Drew Brees Among The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time

What makes a quarterback great? Stats? Wins? Super Bowls? Drew Brees has it all

Reiter Than You
October 29, 2018 - 8:33 am

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Drew Brees became the NFL’s all-time leading passer Monday, and he figures to break a few more records before it’s all said and done.

So, where does he rank among the greatest quarterbacks of all time?

“Drew Brees is going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when the time comes,” NFL Network analyst Brian Billick said on Reiter Than You. “Drew Brees, when it’s all said and done, there will be a lot of talk about the greatest quarterback ever and how do you judge that? Well, whatever your metric is, Drew Brees is going to sit atop most of those numbers – and deservedly so. He’s been spectacular.”

A Super Bowl champion and 11-time Pro Bowler, Brees has led the league in passing yards seven times and passing touchdowns four times.

“This is a guy that year in and year out, I can’t remember another quarterback that’s been called upon to be a 600-, 650-throw-a-year guy,” Billick said. “You’re throwing that team on his back right from the get go, every snap. This year they’ve got a little bit more balance and they’re playing really well. But Drew Brees being a 600-plus throw guy every year and to have the success that he’s had, I don’t know that we’ll see it again.”

Billick also weighed in on Patrick Mahomes, who has led Kansas City to a 5-0 start.

“Obviously he’s a great athlete and can do some things outside the pocket,” Billick said, “but even within the pocket, he can do some damage. He is very accurate, he sees the entire field, and he’s got a lightning-quick release, a Marino-esque-type release. That ball, when he wants it gone, it comes out of his hands quickly. Obviously he came out of the gates just burning. Can he keep that up? Hard to say. The last couple games, he’s kind of come back down to earth, but obviously he’s continued to play well. To put 30 points up on that Jaguars defense was substantial.”

The Saints (4-1) head into the bye before playing the Ravens (3-2) in Week 7, while the Chiefs play the Patriots (3-2) in Foxboro this Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET.