Could Aaron Rodgers actually be better than the GOAT?
Comparing Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers is like saying a Ferrari is better than a Lamborghini.
No it’s not, yes it is.
No it’s not, yes it is!
You’re stupid. No one likes you!
Both quarterbacks soon will be Canton-bound, and no one can deny the talent compressed between the two pocket-passers over the past two decades. Still, what separates the two ultimately is the number of rings and MVP ballot votes.
Rodgers, 36, might be the league’s more impressive deep-ball passer to date, but he’s also claimed one Lombardi to match his lone MVP title. Brady, meanwhile, serving under the apprenticeship of Darth Bill Belichick, has been to nine Super Bowls, winning six, and has been a three-time MVP winner during his finest moments in Foxborough. Let’s let the comment section decide who is the mastermind behind the Gillette Empire over the past 20 years.
One look at Rodgers entering Week 6 of the NFL season, however, there is an argument that perhaps the G.O.A.T is nothing more than a title social media dubbed Brady for the 2010s. If this pace of Rodgers continues, the 43-year-old may need to “bahhh down” and accept his title as runner-up in the battle for true QB1.
Is Aaron Rodgers better than prime Tom Brady?
People continue to hoot and holler about Rodgers’ success in the 2020 season with the Packers. The thing is, this isn’t something extraordinary or special, but rather customary for the veteran gunslinger at this point.
Since 2016, Rodgers has thrown for at least 4,000 yards, 25 touchdowns and no more than seven interceptions, minus his injured 2017 season. In fact, Rodgers hasn’t thrown a double-digit interception season since 2010 and has at least scored 25 touchdowns when healthy each season since 2013.
When looking at Brady’s best seasons, the two nearly matchup in stellar form. From 2011-19, the former Patriot threw for at least 4,100 yards to go along with 24 touchdowns as the starting signal caller. Brady also was successful with fewer quality weapons and only enhanced the talent around him to earn lucrative deals. Then again, Rob Gronkowski is two receivers and Julian Eledman is a robot designed by Robert Kraft to show emotion towards TB12.
Rodgers, who spent a majority of the 2010s with Jordy Nelson, Devante Adams and Randall Cobb, built a repertoire of having sound protection to go with quality weapons. It was only when Ted Thompson left that the Packers began to forget about addressing the receiver position. No problem for Rodgers; both Marquez Valdes-Scandling and Allen Lazard into quality No. 2 and 3 options with Adams now serving the veteran.
And don’t say you know who Robert Tonyan is, even though he leads Green Bay in receiving touchdowns. Name where he went to college and then we’ll talk.
Ultimately, the real reason for this argument battles downs to production. Brady has thrown double-digit interceptions in 10 seasons. Rodgers has surpassed the mark twice. Brady has finished with at least 4,000 passing yards 11 of his 20 years in the league. Rodgers has met the mark eight times despite sitting three years behind Brett Favre. Both quarterbacks also have thrown at least 30 touchdowns six times, with Brady throwing seven in the infamous undefeated season.
It’s not about how you start but rather how you finish. If Rodgers is nearing the end of his time in Green Bay, so be it. His time in the NFL is far from over the past 2020, and he’s earning a deal worth more than Brady did to walk the plank and join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the way Rodgers’ arm continues to extend plays deeper than 20 yards, a franchise could keep him around for another six or seven years.
Yes, Brady ultimately has earned the title as the greatest quarterback of all time. Things change since now Joe Montana is just a regular Joe with a last name of a forgotten state, according to kids. Rodgers could be better than Brady when it’s all said and done.
Entering the season, people believed Brady was the big storyline in the NFC. Now he’s a footnote in Russell Wilson’s arc and a reference in the Rodgers’ revival up in Lambeau.