Not having Michael Thomas would change the offense, but if we are going to play the "what if?" game, everyone would agree that in the event of an injury to Thomas in week 1, the Saints would have aggressively traded for a top flight WR, whatever the cost.I agree with a good part of what you say, but I'd hate to see Brees' numbers if Michael Thomas had gotten traded away or went on IR after the first week. Point is, pickings are slim after MT. You remove MT from the equation, Kamara gets defended a little more differently, as does Cook, because Ted Ginn has brick hands and has never been really consistent, and TQS just hasn't arrived yet. Brady does not have very much help. Drew would look like arse too, as he did near the end of last year when offensive line injuries started piling up and teams that could really decided Drew was going to have to beat them throwing to someone other than MT and AK. Drew went from MVP frontrunner to "he hit a wall".
When Akiem Hicks was with the Saints several seasons ago he sacked Matty Ice... Ryan asked: "Who are you?" He probably asked again of Shy Tuttle: "Who are you?"I don’t know about Brady hitting the wall; however, the fact of the matter is that Matt Ryan hit the floor. Hard.
And the truth is, Brees has hit the wall as well, he hit in Dallas last year. Neither of these QB's will be playing much longer.Brady has hit the wall just like Peyton Manning did mid way through his last season. You can see he knows it and that’s why he is showing his emotions.
Which is why Brady is not the GOAT and Brees is. Look at the numbers Brees put up when he had no weapons around him.I dont think it's as much on him as it is the offense as a whole.
Grant it, there is no denying the inevitable decline. Obviously there is some. Let's not act like he is not more then capable of dicing a defense up. If he was the qb of the Cheifs, or any other team with weapons, I promise you, you wouldn't be having this conversation