NFC South batting practice: Brees or Ryan?

December, 23, 2010
12/23/10
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Not sure if this is quite Trent Dilfer/Roddy White material, but colleague KC Joyner threw some batting practice for NFC South fans when he wrote that Atlanta’s Matt Ryan has surpassed Drew Brees as the NFC South’s best quarterback.

I’ll let Atlanta and New Orleans fans duke this one out in the comments section. But I will throw in my two cents and admit that in Wednesday’s item about potential NFC South MVPs, I ranked Ryan slightly above Brees. To this point, I think Ryan has had a better season. Like I said in the piece on NFC South MVPs, I think Brees can jump to the top of the list with a strong showing against the Falcons on Monday night.

Joyner takes the argument much further and goes into great detail. I’ll just say I think Ryan has been better to this point this season and that he’s an excellent quarterback. But, all that said, if I had to take an NFC squad and go out and win one game, Brees would be the quarterback.

Oh, by the way, I don’t want to get too far ahead of the game. But I’m also of the opinion that in a couple of years, Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman at least has the potential to be as good or better than Ryan or Brees. He’s not all the way there yet, but Freeman’s upside is incredible.

Anyway, Joyner has thrown the pitch. Go ahead and take your swings in the comments section below.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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