I was a big fan of the Woodies back in the 90s but no way would I try to claim their all round skills were stronger than the Bryans. Between them they achieved about as much in singles as Bjorkman and Mirnyi. The fact they didn't commit 100% to doubles like the Bryans doesn't make them more talented.
lolwut? Mirnyi has one singles title, a couple of other finals, and a QF at the USO. Woodforde and Woodbridge have 4 and 2 titles respectively, twice as many finals as Mirnyi (including a Masters for Woodbridge), and a Slam SF each. Not even close.
Bjorkman was by far the best singles player of the four, for sure, but he was of the Woodies generation - not the Bryans. He was mid 30s and a long way past his best by the time they were dominating.
Bob Bryan's all round game is extremely strong. He serves regularly > 130mph and can hit all four corners. If he'd continued his singles career he certainly could have made top 20, maybe even a Wimbledon SF like Woodbridge and Bjorkman (both had easy draws but it doesn't matter).
This "mug era" argument is a desperate last resort for nostalgiatards and dinosaurs.
Are you serious? Take a look at the Slam winners in the 90s / early 00s. Names like Edberg, Rafter, Kafelnikov, Hewitt, Korda - genuine quality players who knew their way around a doubles court and took the game seriously. Are you really claiming the field is just as strong now, as when you had world number ones and grand slam champions competing?
I remember seeing Old Man Woodbrige and Jonas "Father Time" Bjorkman play the Bryans back in 04 or 05, just before Woodbridge retired. The Brians would have been in their mid-to-late 20s, absolute prime of their tennis abilities, and skills-wise the pensioners played them off the court. It was embarrassing how much better their strokes were.
Don't get me wrong. I have much respect for what the Bryans have done for tactical doubles. I used to study them religiously when I played seriously. They know themselves, each other and their opponents better than anyone out there, and are meticulous at designing plays to capitalise on their strengths and target their opponents' weaknesses. Seriously, nobody does it better. They know the game and they have made the absolute most of their abilities.
But FMD - they are awful, awful tennis players. They extremely are lucky that with the slowing of the courts and the changes to the singles game, talented tennis players no longer have any reason to learn doubles skills or take doubles seriously.
It just makes me sad that the beautiful art of doubles is now dominated by a couple of robots.