No I’m not going to talk off the field stuff, just on the field, thank you. Tom Silverstein wrote an odd article in which he compares these two QBs in light of all the “Rodgers playing better than any QB in history” hype that’s been going around. In it, he takes Favre’s best 16 game stretch and compares it to Rodgers’ current 16 game stretch. Though the stats don’t support his conclusion, he decides Favre is better. Read more “Aaron Rodgers v. Brett Favre”
Overall, I gotta say that I am totally against the players on the NFL CBA. I don’t mind that they don’t like the idea of more games per season.1 I understand that they want more health benefits for retired players. These are reasonable requests. But asking for more money is silly.
I would be remiss if I didn’t put out some word about the Packers. I must admit that I can’t believe it still. I couldn’t believe they were even in the Super Bowl the last couple of weeks and now I can’t believe they’ve won it. It is completely unreal. I can’t even imagine how it is with the players. To the players, I hope they know how proud everyone is for them. They did what they needed to do and now they have rings to reward them.
It has definitely been an interesting season for the Packers. They had their ups and downs to be sure, and no one can discount what they have done. With no less than 14 players on injured reserve, they are still one of the more feared teams in the NFL playoffs this year, and many analysts still are picking them to go to the big show. Personally, I’m not entirely sure if they will quite get there, but it will be fun to watch the ride.
I don’t think we talk about Favre enough so I thought I’d add to the growing debate about whether the Packers would have done better with Favre this year than they did with Rodgers. It is just as easy to give the QB all the blame when things go bad as it is to give the QB all the credit when things go good. So let me say it here, Reggie White may have been far more important to the Packers winning the Super Bowl in ’96 than Brett Favre. It almost seems blasphemous to say, but it is true, Reggie White’s contribution was huge.
Ok so I think I am close to joining the Aaron Rodgers Bandwagon. The boy has looked awfully impressive thus far this season and I gotta say he very well may be the Packers version of Steve Young. You know, that guy who followed up Joe Montana? The similarities here are startling and so far Rodgers has done well. I am impressed by his poise despite the pressure, and he also had a little swagger to him that is all his own that makes me smile. He definitely has an arm that I didn’t realize he had that may not be quite Favre-esque but it surely isn’t a small arm. He has decent accuracy, much better than his predecessor, and with him there aren’t many turnovers coming from the QB position. He also has been surprisingly good on his feet, able to run out of the pocket when pressured and even pick up a first down. Better yet he doesn’t seem to panic the way Favre sometimes did and run when he didn’t need to run. So far the Rodgers move has been positive. That isn’t to say Favre isn’t still a great QB but wouldn’t it have sucked for the 49’ers if they kept Montana just cause he was great and sacrificed the years of great play from Young who may have left to another team if he didn’t go in when he did?
Aaron Rodgers played a fine first game putting up very similar numbers as Brett Favre did with the Jets. Only Rodgers actually played against a more difficult team than Favre did. Still, a good first start for Rodgers. He controlled the ball very well, made good decisions and did what he could despite working against his offensive line. If he can keep this up, the Packers should do well this season.