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Brady: Impossible to play any better than Rodgers

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When Tom Brady was laying waste to the NFL in 2007, there was talk that he was enjoying the greatest season of all time.

Brady has watched some performances by Aaron Rodgers this year, and says that you can’t get any better than Rodgers in 2011.

“The way Aaron’s playing, it’s impossible to play the quarterback position any better than he is playing it right now,” Brady told Showtime’s Inside the NFL this week via the Boston Herald.

We agree. It’s debatable whether Rodgers’ season this year is any better than Brady’s 2007 campaign. But Rodgers adds an element of athleticism and playmaking outside the pocket to go with his decision making and accuracy that is hard to beat. Brady has been impressed with the Packers’ defense of their title.

“It’s so impressive when you watch a team that can string together that many victories going all the way back to last season,” Brady said. “It really tells you what the character and the make-up of the players on that team are. So them getting off to the start that they’ve gotten off to is very impressive.”

There are a lot of compelling potential Super Bowl matchups. Anything involving the Raiders, for instance, would be a lot of fun.

It would be tough to top a matchup of Rodgers vs. Brady, though. Brady understands that Rodgers is already playing at the level of an all-time great.

It would be cool to see two of them square off on the game’s biggest stage.

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  1. benh999 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:23 AM

    “Anything involving the Raiders, for instance, would be a lot of fun.”

    The most entertaining franchise in every way except on the field.

  2. AlanSaysYo says: Dec 1, 2011 11:24 AM

    Rodgers vs. Brady would be sweet. Rodgers vs. Patriots secondary would be terrible.

  3. ingraven says: Dec 1, 2011 11:24 AM

    Chad OchoCinco says: Is it possible I could possibly play with Rodgers? Please?

  4. bleedgreen4life says: Dec 1, 2011 11:26 AM

    Rodgers will be one of the best ever.

  5. rukiddnme29 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:27 AM

    It would be fun to see the Raiders get completely smeared by the Pack. Other thaqn that, I can’t see any reason why that comment was included in this article.

  6. mikewhorio says: Dec 1, 2011 11:27 AM

    What would be fun about the Raiders?

  7. lrt79 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:27 AM

    No it wouldn’t.

  8. blue18hutthutt says: Dec 1, 2011 11:28 AM

    Even Brady knows he’s a fraud – his 2007 featured bombs to Moss in double and triple coverage and running up the score against weak teams while up 20+ points in the 4th quarter

  9. salmen76 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:30 AM

    Packers and Patriots in the SB? That’s funny. Funny because the pats will never get past big ben and the steelers and the pakers will never get past the Saints! The Saints will ‘mop’ lambeu field with lord-rogers and his average playmates in this years post season. Remember i said it Gregg. Geaux Saints!

  10. rpiotr01 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:31 AM

    If you listen to Rodgers talk, it’s clear he has a ton of respect for Brady, probably more than any other QB. I think a year or so ago someone asked him to rank current QBs, and he had Brady #1 and I don’t think he had Manning even in his top 5. Cool thing about Rodgers, he’s always honest with little faux diplomacy, but without being obnoxious.

    Yes, a Pats – Packers rematch would be cool. Except unlike last time, this one would potentially feature two of the worst defenses in the league, rather than two of the best.

  11. Southpaw says: Dec 1, 2011 11:31 AM

    How often did Brady rely on lobbing bombs to Moss or quick slants to Welker in 2007? Rodgers is not only outplaying Brady statistically, but he’s carving up every defense in front of him, every way possible. With every weapon on the offense.

  12. oscojoe says: Dec 1, 2011 11:32 AM

    That is exactly what we will be getting & it will be the Best Superbowl ever and cement Brady as the Best QB ever!!!

  13. goatcheez says: Dec 1, 2011 11:32 AM

    i think Jacksonville takes that title benh

  14. ingraven says: Dec 1, 2011 11:33 AM

    coming from someone who won 3 super bowls,,,I would have to say thats a pretty encouraging comment….

  15. picksix401 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:35 AM

    lol what does the brady kentucky derby pic have to do with the article?

  16. up2highhell says: Dec 1, 2011 11:35 AM

    “Anything involving the Raiders, for instance, would be a lot of fun.”

    This sentence seems out of place in this article. It is also wrong. Maybe it was intended for another article. Its actually very irritating and needs to be removed.

  17. illbringdabeers says: Dec 1, 2011 11:36 AM

    A Brady Vs. Rodgers Super Bowl has the potential to be the most watched Super Bowl ever

  18. tominmilwaukee says: Dec 1, 2011 11:37 AM

    Brady is pretty classy…. He kept it real… Always had mad respect for him and Belichick….. Two of the best… Only wish my Packers can sustain their success as long as the Patriots have…

  19. rc33 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:39 AM

    Anything involving the Raiders?
    Really?

    To me, that team getting to a Super Bowl would be no compelling than about a dozen other franchises.

  20. habsman says: Dec 1, 2011 11:39 AM

    A Pat’s vs Pack superbowl would break all viewing records, and possibly all scoring records. Brady vs Rodgers? Bring it on!

  21. harleyrider1973 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:40 AM

    As a Patriots fan I would love to see my team in the SB but I would prefer it not be against the Packers. Our D is not going to be able to do much to stop Parker’s O.

  22. packattack1967 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:41 AM

    Always room on the bandwagon kids!

  23. homelanddefense says: Dec 1, 2011 11:43 AM

    but the Patriots coaches and their players are arrogant and never give respect….right?

  24. predicatepanda says: Dec 1, 2011 11:43 AM

    blue18hutthutt says:
    Dec 1, 2011 11:28 AM
    Even Brady knows he’s a fraud – his 2007 featured bombs to Moss in double and triple coverage and running up the score against weak teams while up 20+ points in the 4th quarter
    ———————————————-
    Just when I think you’ve posted the stupidest thing you keep posting.

  25. habsman says: Dec 1, 2011 11:44 AM

    Brady has the highest winning percentage of any QB in history, along with the two most statistically dominant seasons ever.

    But some people claim he’s a fraud………thoses people are not very bright.

  26. scytherius says: Dec 1, 2011 11:44 AM

    Great art is great art. Let’s just enjoy it and be glad we were around to see it regardless of our team loyalties. Same with Brady, Peyton etc. All the great ones.

    I was able to see Unitas and Starr (among others) back in the day and am so glad I had that opportunity. At this level of greatness ya just kick back, grab a beer, and enjoy the show.

  27. garyman1 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:45 AM

    Another interview with Brett Favre:
    Reporter: Brett, how about those Packers ? They are 11-0. Aren’t they playing great ?
    Favre: Yeah, with that kind of talent, I expect nothing less. That could be 22 hall-of-famers on the starting offense and defense.
    Reporter: Tom Brady just said you can’t play quarterback and better than Aaron is playing right now.
    Favre: Yeah, the receivers are making great catches on some “iffy” throws. Did you see how good the 49’rs are playing ? I can see why they drafted Smith ahead of Aaron but to be fair to Aaron, he is playing better than average.

  28. CKL says: Dec 1, 2011 11:46 AM

    Rodgers is the only QB in the NFL more accurate than Brady. In fact, he may be the most accurate QB I’ve ever seen. Besides being a Pats fan, I’m a fan of defense…but watching Rodgers play is a pleasure. He’s insanely good. Walkoff MVP this year, no question. Every game, I see at least 3-4 throws where he makes me say, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME??????”

    Brady has always been generous in his praise of other QBs who are playing well so that part isn’t surprising.

  29. baddegg says: Dec 1, 2011 11:46 AM

    Brady vs. Rodgers would be classic.

    But come on, you know you are rooting for Rodgers vs. Tebow!
    :-D

  30. rushmatic says: Dec 1, 2011 11:57 AM

    ingraven says:
    Chad OchoCinco says: Is it possible I could possibly play with Rodgers? Please?

    ____________________

    You’re blaming his inability to play on Brady? Or just being an idiot? I can’t tell if you’re dumb or dumber.

    Either way, I doubt he’s saying that.

  31. section24 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:03 PM

    “coming from someone who won 3 super bowls,,,I would have to say thats a pretty encouraging comment….”

    I don’t recall Adam Vinatieri getting interviewed…let’s remember who won those SB, and that none have been won by Brady without him.

  32. jerrykill4pres says: Dec 1, 2011 12:05 PM

    tominmilwaukee…. when you said, “only wish my packers can sustain their success as long as the Patriots have..” There’s no reason that can’t happen. They are very young. The o-line has come together very good over the past year. Rodgers is playing at a level that’s out of this world, and it’s not a fluke. That’s just how good he really is. The wr corp is by far the best group in the league. The defense is actually better than publicized. The only person that really is aging on that team is Woodson. But with age comes experience, and other than his punching incident, i think he’s probably one of the smartest corners in the league. He baits qb’s into making some bad bad bad decisions. GB’s front office is one of the best in the league. They will draft for depth in april again. And depending on free agency, and if they really lose anyone, the very small holes they have to fill will be addressed with a pick or two in the draft. Although, i think for a few years, you can expect to be picking very very late in the first round.

  33. sj39 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:06 PM

    I think Brady meant to say the only way Rodgers could play any better was if he had the defenses play calls and signals.

  34. Wisconsin77 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:08 PM

    Say what you want garyman1, but Favre never had the offensive weapons that Rodgers has combined with such pass friendly pass rules that are now part of the NFL rule book. As Tom Silversting of the JS pointed out, Favre had similar numbers to what Rodgers has now back in 96 and 97, but in a far more pass restrictive league and using only 2 WR sets. 4 WR sets were unheard of in the league (I won’t even mention 5 WR sets) which are now common place in Rodger’s offense.

  35. armchairqb says: Dec 1, 2011 12:08 PM

    Wait … I thought Drew Brees was the best QB in the history of the planet? You mean he’s not!?

  36. autumnwind999 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:12 PM

    There are a lot of compelling potential Super Bowl matchups. Anything involving the Raiders, for instance, would be a lot of fun.

    ———————

    Love that surprising comment. The Raiders actually match up well and would be a tough test for the Packers.

    Raiders are capable of matching them on the scoreboard while featuring a grinding running attack that keeps the ball out of Rodgers’ hands. Raiders have a physical front 4 capable of collapsing the pocket on Rodgers. Raiders are barely allowing opposing QBs to complete more than 50% of their passes … good for 2nd in the NFL in that category.

    The Raiders’ biggest weakness meanwhile has been an inconsistent run defense. Still, they have proven capable of doing that job as well. And the Packers rushing game is one of and possibly the last thing you think of when you think of their strengths.

    Raiders at full strength — with McFadden, Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore — would give the Pack all they could handle and then some.

  37. grpatriot says: Dec 1, 2011 12:16 PM

    Anyone who calls Brady a fraud…….is dellusional!
    What the hell the guy have to do? 3 SB’s, 2 MVP’s. All time winning combo QB/HC Combo….
    Just passed Johnny U for wins…Montana too.
    RU Nuts???

  38. jackstys44 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:16 PM

    I guess any team that picked up moss and welker off of the scrap heap would have gone 16-0 and had their qb throw 50 td passes right. Hmm….

  39. rtmus53 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:16 PM

    salmen76 says:
    Dec 1, 2011 11:30 AM
    Packers and Patriots in the SB? That’s funny. Funny because the pats will never get past big ben and the steelers and the pakers will never get past the Saints! The Saints will ‘mop’ lambeu field with lord-rogers and his average playmates in this years post season. Remember i said it Gregg. Geaux Saints!

    Salmen- could be possible that the saints end up in Lambeau this post season since the mighty Seahawks will most likely not be a stumbling block for you….the other part? …. not so sure about that, since WE DAT

  40. 6ball says: Dec 1, 2011 12:19 PM

    .

    Even more interesting would be if the Patriots were the final obstacle to an unbeaten Packers season.

    .

  41. jerrykill4pres says: Dec 1, 2011 12:19 PM

    salmen76 says:
    Dec 1, 2011 11:30 AM
    Packers and Patriots in the SB? That’s funny. Funny because the pats will never get past big ben and the steelers and the pakers will never get past the Saints! The Saints will ‘mop’ lambeu field with lord-rogers and his average playmates in this years post season. Remember i said it Gregg. Geaux Saints!

    ————————————————-

    This could be nominated as the most preposterous statement of the week. Especially when you can’t even spell “go!”

    I’ve been saying for 2 months now.. Packers and Pats in the dance.. Pack 35 Pats 17…

    Come mid January, and the Saints have to travel to Lambeau they will fold up like a lawnchair. This win streak is no fluke. We could see the 72 dolphins cry in 2 months.

  42. jrmbadger says: Dec 1, 2011 12:22 PM

    Classy comment by Brady. In my mind it’s Brady and Rodgers as 1 and 1A (in no particular order).

    while Rodgers has more athleticism, Brady has sustained his level longer than Rodgers…..

  43. glac1 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:24 PM

    I’d be more comfortable if the Packers faced the Colts for the title.

  44. tiffpats4eva says: Dec 1, 2011 12:26 PM

    That’s right, Tom. Build him up.

  45. mypackersownyourteam says: Dec 1, 2011 12:27 PM

    “Rodgers is the only QB in the NFL more accurate than Brady. In fact, he may be the most accurate QB I’ve ever seen. Besides being a Pats fan, I’m a fan of defense…but watching Rodgers play is a pleasure. He’s insanely good. Walkoff MVP this year, no question. Every game, I see at least 3-4 throws where he makes me say, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME??????”

    __________________________________

    CKL,

    Welcome to the world of a Packers fan. The beautiful part? It never gets old. And for those of us who stood by Rodgers, Ted Thompson, and the organization, its sweeter than ever. Especially watching sell out friends and family members who chose Favre over the team back in 2008. They’re all trying to weasel their way back to the bandwagon. Its hilarious.

    As a Pats fan, you’ve also been witness to some fantastic football. This is the first time, in 28 years on this Earth, that I’ve had the NFL Sunday Ticket. Wow, are there some mediocre and bad football teams out there. Its painful to watch. Not for us though! See you in the Super Bowl

  46. kjereld615 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:28 PM

    section24 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:03 PM

    “coming from someone who won 3 super bowls,,,I would have to say thats a pretty encouraging comment….”

    I don’t recall Adam Vinatieri getting interviewed…let’s remember who won those SB, and that none have been won by Brady without him.
    _________________________

    Really? hey do you mind telling me who it was throwing the ball down the field to get them into field goal position? Smh what a stupid comment.

  47. jerrykill4pres says: Dec 1, 2011 12:30 PM

    Wisconsin77 says:
    Dec 1, 2011 12:08 PM
    Say what you want garyman1, but Favre never had the offensive weapons that Rodgers has combined with such pass friendly pass rules that are now part of the NFL rule book. As Tom Silversting of the JS pointed out, Favre had similar numbers to what Rodgers has now back in 96 and 97, but in a far more pass restrictive league and using only 2 WR sets. 4 WR sets were unheard of in the league (I won’t even mention 5 WR sets) which are now common place in Rodger’s offense.

    ————————————————-

    See Run and Shoot offense of the Barry Sanders era Motor City Kitty’s… Also the Warren Moon led Houston Oilers. I do believe the Buffalo Bills that lost so many superbowls in the early 90’s were running alot of 3 reciever sets of Reed, Beebe, and Lofton. And would split out Thurman Thomas. So there were plenty of 4 reciever sets back when Brett played. Brett did have weapons. But with Rodgers, and the current packers, they don’t have the same offensive scheme that they had with holmgren. Holmgren had some good RB’s, and used so much more play action. The Pack’s running game isn’t as good now. (and thank God they don’t have a dominant RB to add to Rodgers.) And with Rodgers playing the way he’s playing. No need to worry about running the ball. I don’t think anyone has been so fast, and so smooth with their decisions on where to go with the ball as Rodgers has been.

  48. bikindrumz says: Dec 1, 2011 12:31 PM

    Brady vs. Rogers pfffb….
    Give me Gabbert vs. Jackson!! That’s one for the ages my friends. Epic.

  49. tiffpats4eva says: Dec 1, 2011 12:34 PM

    bleedgreen4life says:
    Dec 1, 2011 11:26 AM
    Rodgers will be one of the best ever.
    *********************

    He’s one concussion away from never playing again.

    Sorry.

  50. kevind713 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:36 PM

    “Anything involving the Raiders, for instance, would be a lot of fun.”

    Im a Raiders fan, and it would be fun to see them in the Super Bowl. That being said there are at least 4 other AFC teams w/ a much better chance to reach the Super Bowl than Oakland. Thats a stupid comment.

  51. denverwally says: Dec 1, 2011 12:38 PM

    Whomever said the Saints will beat the Packers in the playoffs (I’m too lazy to go back and see who it was) really doesn’t understand the game of football OR the playoff format. The Saints will have to go to Green Bay in January to play that game. They will not be allowed to bring their climate controlled dome with them. They will lose in humiliating, embarassing, historic fashion. Has this person not taken note of the other great “Dome” QB of our generation, Peyton Manning, and what he has done in the weather in January? A big fat NOTHING, thats what. Same thing will happen to the Saints when they feel that balmy -5 degree Green Bay weather on a pleasant January evening in Wisconsin.

    And the Steelers fans on here hate the Pats and Brady because they KNOW they cannot beat them in the playoffs, never have, never will. Sorry boys, but your wins all happen in October.

    Pats or Ravens vs. Packers in the Super Bowl. Get your popcorn ready!

  52. Chazz Scogna says: Dec 1, 2011 12:39 PM

    It’s funny that Brady had Moss for only three seasons and gets criticized, but Peyton can have Marvin Harrison for 10 and Rodgers can (will) have Jennings for at least 8. Give the man his due

  53. jackfnburton says: Dec 1, 2011 12:44 PM

    If Tom Brady says you’re good, then there’s a 150 percent chance that you might have some talent.

  54. 808raiderinparadise says: Dec 1, 2011 12:47 PM

    Haters. Oakland is playing with a patchwork team with mulitple stars out, or playing hurt.

    This team will peak end of season and into playoffs.

    Pack fans should know, the were 7-4 at this point last season dealing with injuries.

    Bold move by a lot of you to just disregard Oakland before the game is played.

    Tune-in.

  55. j0esixpack says: Dec 1, 2011 12:50 PM

    From a career perspective Rogers hasn’t come close to Brady – I expect Rogers would be the first to admit this.

    But from a one season perspective, few Patriots fans would argue with Brady.

    Rogers performance is really something to behold. The QB rating tells an accurate story – he’s been near perfect all season.

    As a football fan – no matter what team you root for or play for – you can’t help but appreciate what we’re watching.

  56. bigperm33 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:52 PM

    I don’t think the Patriots get there, but it would be really interesting to see an 18-0 Packers against the Patriots in the SB trying to stop them from 19-0.

  57. sschmiggles says: Dec 1, 2011 12:52 PM

    “Rodgers vs. Brady would be sweet. Rodgers vs. Patriots secondary would be terrible.”

    I think it would be a great game. It’s not like the Packers defense is any better than the Patriots. Brady would tear them apart.

  58. mykl954 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:53 PM

    Someone needs to send this to that ESPN moron Skip Brainless who’s still butt hurt because the diva of his affections is rapidly fading into just another bitter old footnote in Packers history

    …. and because AR went on record essentially saying he could give a crap what an old, delusional troll such as Skip thinks of him.

  59. We'reFineThere says: Dec 1, 2011 12:54 PM

    This article reminds of all times a guy writes a book and no one reads it but the one line about not being a fan of Alex Rodriguez is all over the news.

    Admit you mentioned the Raiders because so many people make comments about no mentions about the Raiders. I’m not a Raiders fan, but I can see this was a halfassed way of talking about them.

  60. vipod4ever says: Dec 1, 2011 12:54 PM

    “There are a lot of compelling potential Super Bowl matchups. Anything involving the Raiders, for instance, would be a lot of fun.”

    Hey Rosenthal , was this a Freudian slip on your part???

  61. bozosforall says: Dec 1, 2011 12:54 PM

    homelanddefense says:
    Dec 1, 2011 11:43 AM
    but the Patriots coaches and their players are arrogant and never give respect….right?

    __
    Nahhh…it’s just the lame New England fans that do that.

  62. techvet says: Dec 1, 2011 12:55 PM

    It will be a very Brady/Rodgers Super Bowl.

  63. sschmiggles says: Dec 1, 2011 12:58 PM

    Southpaw says:
    Dec 1, 2011 11:31 AM
    How often did Brady rely on lobbing bombs to Moss or quick slants to Welker in 2007? Rodgers is not only outplaying Brady statistically, but he’s carving up every defense in front of him, every way possible. With every weapon on the offense.
    ________________________

    What a joke. Brady’s not good because he can throw quick slants AND deep balls? Man, you’re pretty stupid. Rodgers has some pretty damn good receivers too, last time I checked. He’s definitely not throwing to Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney….

    Rodgers has played some of the easiest defenses in the league this year.

    Brady played 6 playoff teams in 2007. As far as I’m concerned there’s no comparison until either Rodgers throws 50 TDs, or the Packers go 16-0. Neither has happened yet. And contrary to popular belief, neither one is guaranteed.

  64. sschmiggles says: Dec 1, 2011 1:01 PM

    I’d also like to add that the Pats defense is 10th in the league in giving up points. Packers are right there as well.

    I don’t think they or the Packers defense are nearly as bad as people make them out to be.

    Neither will stop a hall of fame QB, but that’s why both are focused on limiting points first. Yards mean nothing.

  65. stixzidinia says: Dec 1, 2011 1:02 PM

    And another piece of Favre dies inside. Brady never complimented the Old Gunslinger like that. I’d give anything to be a fly on the wall in the Favre household……with Favre in one room throwing pieces of furniture around while screaming at the guys on ESPN heaping endless praise on Rogers, and Deanna in the other room surfing AshleyMadison.com.

  66. siaaa says: Dec 1, 2011 1:08 PM

    not a fan of the patriots or the packers, but as a football fan i would love to watch Brady and Rodgers go at it in the super bowl.
    would be like Marino gainst Montana again.

  67. patsfiend says: Dec 1, 2011 1:14 PM

    The random Raiders comment and the picture of Brady 50 ft away at the Red Hat Convention / Kentucky Derby really add a lot of journalistic heft to this article.

    17 wins in a row and counting. I’m sure the Packers will have no problem with the Giants this week. That Giants team is really a mess.
    :-)

  68. billybats says: Dec 1, 2011 1:16 PM

    I don’t know why so many people on this board are eager to anoint Brady and / or Belicheat as among the best ever. They haven’t won a single Super Bowl without cheating. Once they do, come talk to me.

  69. prime311 says: Dec 1, 2011 1:18 PM

    18-0 Packers vs. the Patriots would be a can’t miss SuperBowl. You couldn’t ask for a better storyline.

  70. weepingjebus says: Dec 1, 2011 1:25 PM

    In that recent interview Rogers said one of the Packers coaches reversed engineered one of Brady’s entire seasons, which helped Rogers focus on areas he needed to improve. He also said he went golfing with Brady and used it to pick Brady’s brain about ways for QBs to improve year over year. Odd things to do if Brady is a fraud propped up by Moss/Welker/signal stealing leprechauns.

  71. fngs1 says: Dec 1, 2011 1:28 PM

    Wisconsin77 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:08 PM

    Say what you want garyman1, but Favre never had the offensive weapons that Rodgers has combined with such pass friendly pass rules that are now part of the NFL rule book. As Tom Silversting of the JS pointed out, Favre had similar numbers to what Rodgers has now back in 96 and 97, but in a far more pass restrictive league and using only 2 WR sets. 4 WR sets were unheard of in the league (I won’t even mention 5 WR sets) which are now common place in Rodger’s offense.
    ——————————————————
    Favre, also had a #1 Defense then. Rodgers have the #31 or something close to it. Why doe’s everyone say when B.F played he made the receivers good, and with A.R it’s receivers making him look good. I think BF did have good receivers for his time, just like A.R

  72. kurb21 says: Dec 1, 2011 1:35 PM

    Brady, Rodgers, Brees and Manning are all Hall of Famers…but you really have to thank Bill Polian and the competition committee for changing the rules which have allowed QB’s to have an easier time than ever playing the position.

    After the Pats stopped the Colts Offense a few times in the playoffs, Polian whined and had the rules changed. My ultimate problem is that it is no longer possible to compare players from different eras. Marino, Elway, Kelly and Montana all would have appeared to be just as good as today’s stars.

    While Rodgers is clearly a great QB, I wish all of today’s QB’s had to face “yesterdays” NFL defenses.

  73. kurb21 says: Dec 1, 2011 1:39 PM

    Also, I am a Patriots homer, but they barely beat last years Packers (with injuries all over the place) with Matt Flynn playing QB. I think they are even better this year.

    Yes, it is possible for the Pats to win, of course, but I think the Pack would be 8 pt. favorites. They just have too much depth, especially on offense.

    I think that match-up is the most desired by the NFL and the fans, especially since Pitt. and GB went at it last year. Lets hope..

  74. miamidolphins1 says: Dec 1, 2011 1:40 PM

    why is the barometer for rodgers play this year compared to the 07 brady year?

    first of all, forget that it wasnt even the best year a qb had of all in a single season if u really break it down , it wasnt even the best in the past 10 years.

    dan marinos 1984 season was the best for a qb of all time, being that he actually did it in a time where teams were actually allowed to play defense, and considering how young he was when he did it. it was his first full year as a starter, 2nd year total in the league.

    secondly, peyton mannings 2004 season was better than bradys. look it up. manning through 1 less td than brady, 200 something less yds than brady, and that was with 81 less passing attempts than brady. if peyton wouldnt to that year, he easily could have thrown for 60, but their were plenty of games where he was sat down late 3rd quarter due to the substantial leads they had built.

    this year aaron rodgers is having a year for the ages, and who knows where it will rank. i love aaron rodgers and think he is a phenomenal player, but lets not say it is impossible to play the qb position like he is now, because if a guy like dan marino was playing now with these rules, he would have broken his own record for yds in a season the 1st year the rule change had gone into effect.

  75. johngaltwho says: Dec 1, 2011 1:43 PM

    Wisconsin77 says: Dec 1, 2011 12:08 PM “Say what you want garyman1, but Favre never had the offensive weapons that Rodgers has combined with such pass friendly pass rules that are now part of the NFL rule book. ”

    Oh don’t go there. You cant compare Favre to Rodgers. Favre never saw a risk he didnt like while Rodgers takes calculated risks. Favre’s greatness was in his durability and quite frankly, the fact that he had no fear of throwing interceptions. Rodgers has the Favre gun but Manning’s mind for matchups and Brady’s poise.

  76. velardem7 says: Dec 1, 2011 1:55 PM

    As a Raider’s fan, I cannot like the Patriots, but I respect both Tom Brady and Bill Belicheck because they get it done.
    This praise of Rodgers is a classy move by Brady. I am not one to call Tom Brady the best ever, but he is a class act!

  77. raqaiw says: Dec 1, 2011 2:06 PM

    As you all continue to fellate these quarterbacks who can’t get hit or hardly even looked at, remember that the rules have been slanted for YEARS to make them better. YEARS. Neither Brady nor Rodgers is the best ever, they’re just the best of this watered-down era. Montana got 4 when football was real. Receivers could be hit without asking for permission first, quarterbacks weren’t automatically awarded flags for getting tackled, referees actually called holding by the offensive line. I love football but to say either of these guys, ESPECIALLY when Rodgers has only won 1 SB(same as Doug Williams,Eli Manning,Trent Dilfer,Peyton Manning,Mark Rypien,Jeff Hostetler, etc.) and Brady has won 3(whether cheating or not) but still hasn’t matched Montana’s or Bradshaw’s mark of 4. Plus Brady has gotten smoked in he first round f the playoffs, at home for 2 years running. Not even close to greatest ever.

  78. bozosforall says: Dec 1, 2011 2:10 PM

    denverwally says:
    Dec 1, 2011 12:38 PM

    And the Steelers fans on here hate the Pats and Brady because they KNOW they cannot beat them in the playoffs, never have, never will. Sorry boys, but your wins all happen in October.
    __
    Steelers – SIX Super Bowls
    Pats – THREE* Super Bowls.

    I guess those SIX Super Bowls that the Steelers won were played in October…or maybe denverwussy is just an idiot.

  79. packerfan1000 says: Dec 1, 2011 2:20 PM

    Say what you want garyman1, but Favre never had the offensive weapons that Rodgers has combined with such pass friendly pass rules that are now part of the NFL rule book. As Tom Silversting of the JS pointed out, Favre had similar numbers to what Rodgers has now back in 96 and 97, but in a far more pass restrictive league and using only 2 WR sets. 4 WR sets were unheard of in the league (I won’t even mention 5 WR sets) which are now common place in Rodger’s offense.

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    Let’s not just compare Favre’s offensive weapons to Rodger’s offensive weapons. Half the game is spent with the defense on the field. The Packers’ defense of the mid 90s was one of the best the game has seen. The Packers’ defense today is mediocre at best. If Favre had this team in his prime, he’d be 8-3, 9-2 right now, and they wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl last year. Favre was so fun to watch because he was fun. But he made way too many mistakes. Rodgers is superior because he doesn’t make mistakes.

  80. canadianvikingfaniii says: Dec 1, 2011 2:29 PM

    I don’t think a Brady vs Packer defence or Rodgers vs Pats defence would be all that bad. Both teams give up a ton of yards but they also are oppourtunistic and have guys itching to just jump a route.

  81. infectorman says: Dec 1, 2011 2:45 PM

    AlanSaysYo says:
    Dec 1, 2011 11:24 AM
    Rodgers vs. Brady would be sweet. Rodgers vs. Patriots secondary would be terrible.

    *******************************************
    2011-12 Defensive Passing Stats over 11 games:

    NE:
    Average passings yards given up/game: 307 Passing Tds given up: 16
    Interceptions: 16
    Sacks: 25
    Average Completions given up per game: 25.5

    GB:
    Average passing yards given up/game: 287
    Passing Td’s given up: 19
    Interceptions: 22
    Sacks: 25
    Average Completions given up/ game: 24

    Looks like your statement cuts both ways
    Brady vs that GB secondary would be alot of fun too…

  82. emoney826 says: Dec 1, 2011 2:47 PM

    Oakland fans,
    You have no idea what you’re in for on December 11. Your team is improved but not even close to the Packers level.

    Patriot fans,
    I look forward to a super bowl 31 rematch. I don’t blame you when you hate hearing Brady compared to rodgers. Back in the 90’s when favre was the best, I used to hate hearing other Qb’s being compared to him. IMO, nobody was even close to favre. Now, you guys are in the same situation. I am a huge rodgers fan, but never once have I said he’s better than Brady. Not yet at least. The way things are going, he’ll be on the same level when both careers are over. There’s nothing wrong with admitting it if its true. There’s no denying that he’s playing outstanding.

  83. 13xworldchamps says: Dec 1, 2011 3:10 PM

    Hey Raqaiw

    As you all continue to fellate these quarterbacks who can’t get hit or hardly even looked at, remember that the rules have been slanted for YEARS to make them better. YEARS. Neither Brady nor Rodgers is the best ever, they’re just the best of this watered-down era. Montana got 4 when football was real. Receivers could be hit without asking for permission first, quarterbacks weren’t automatically awarded flags for getting tackled, referees actually called holding by the offensive line. I love football but to say either of these guys, ESPECIALLY when Rodgers has only won 1 SB(same as Doug Williams,Eli Manning,Trent Dilfer,Peyton Manning,Mark Rypien,Jeff Hostetler, etc.) and Brady has won 3(whether cheating or not) but still hasn’t matched Montana’s or Bradshaw’s mark of 4. Plus Brady has gotten smoked in he first round f the playoffs, at home for 2 years running. Not even close to greatest ever.

    ———————————————————-

    Not arguing Montana and Bradshaw were not great Players, but in the same vane, they never had to compete during free agency rules, Bradshaw and Montana played with virtually the same team for a decade with little or no roster change.

    Comparing different era’s in any sports is apples and oranges.

    4

    3

  84. Wisconsin77 says: Dec 1, 2011 3:18 PM

    Just wanted to stop the tide of misinformation before it gets even more out of hand. The Packers had the #2 ranked defense in the league last year when they won the SB, and though have slipped this year in points given up, still lead the league by a good margin in takeaways. Favre had the top ranked defense when he won the SB, but the next year it had slipped out of the top 5 and it showed when Terrell Davis ran all day on Reggie White (far from the “best defense the league has ever seen”).

    And anybody who wants to debate that Freeman, Brooks, and Mayes were better offensive weapons than Jennings, Driver, and Nelson needs to have their head examined.

  85. gisellichek says: Dec 1, 2011 4:53 PM

    Well … Tom needs another ring to finally put to bed all of this fraud crap … I fear he have missed him chance to get that forth ring … 06 (Loss to Colts) and 08 (Giants) were his best amnd may last chances to get it… Packers have it all right now… Pats Vs Pack SB would be a blow out… Pack would win large… although…

    I will say this… If the Football Gods have any kind of a sense of humor … The Pats beat them … That would be ironic…

  86. teal379 says: Dec 1, 2011 5:00 PM

    First of all Aaron has 4 ints this YEAR. Favre had 6 GAMES with that many.

    While I understand the idea of today’s rules are heavily slanted towards the offense and thus you can’t compare, think about what that also says.

    1. Mediocre QB’s in today’s league really are very bad then – compared to prior QBs/teams (How bad would Sanchez be in 1985?)

    2. Favre’s best year came during this easy time – yet he STILL threw the INT that kept the Vikings out of the SB. THAT has nothing to do with the rules but his decision making process. He had his best and WORST year (in MN uniforms) under those easy rules.

    Aaron’s good and he’s always played at a high level . Since being the full time starter in GB – his WORST year was a 93.8 rating and he’s never thrown more than 13 INT’s for a season. Some QB’s call 13 INT’s a 4 game stretch.

  87. emperorzero says: Dec 1, 2011 5:34 PM

    Right now Rodgers reminds me of Joe Montana. I’m not saying he is as good as Montana – because really, who is? But, watching him roll to the right, the deadly accuracy, and the ability to make plays with his feet (Montana could move pretty well when he was younger), he is playing a lot like Montana. Much like Brady’s ’07 season, as a football fan I’m just glad I’m getting to witness such excellence.

  88. deweygroup says: Dec 1, 2011 6:04 PM

    There’s no reason that can’t happen. They are very young. The o-line has come together very good over the past year. Rodgers is playing at a level that’s out of this world, and it’s not a fluke…………………….

    That is true, but what happens with success is the players expect to be overpaid, other teams raid your coaching staff and front office and various other things that make it extremely difficult to maintain a high level for an extended period of time. I’m not saying that it can’t be done, but it is extremely difficult because you are battling forces that the average teams do not have to battle. I think that it truly says a lot about an organization when they find a way to be successful for such a long time. I wish GB the best, but it is never as easy as it may seem.

  89. Wisconsin77 says: Dec 1, 2011 7:08 PM

    teal379 says: Dec 1, 2011 5:00 PM
    First of all Aaron has 4 ints this YEAR. Favre had 6 GAMES with that many.

    So does Tom Brady. Opps, didn’t know that did ya?

    “Favre’s best year came during this easy time. yet he STILL threw the INT that kept the Vikings out of the SB.”

    Incorrect, his best 16 game period was 1996 and 1997. Also, Favre’s INT was basically equal to an in-completion since it would have required Longwell to hit a career long FG (remember, Thompson got rid of Longwell two years before because his leg was getting weaker). The 12 men on the field and a horrible Pass INT call in OT kept the Vikings out of the SB that year.

  90. bozosforall says: Dec 1, 2011 9:14 PM

    sschmiggles says:
    Dec 1, 2011 12:58 PM
    Southpaw says:
    Dec 1, 2011 11:31 AM
    How often did Brady rely on lobbing bombs to Moss or quick slants to Welker in 2007? Rodgers is not only outplaying Brady statistically, but he’s carving up every defense in front of him, every way possible. With every weapon on the offense.
    ________________________

    What a joke. Brady’s not good because he can throw quick slants AND deep balls? Man, you’re pretty stupid. Rodgers has some pretty damn good receivers too, last time I checked. He’s definitely not throwing to Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney….

    Rodgers has played some of the easiest defenses in the league this year.

    Brady played 6 playoff teams in 2007. As far as I’m concerned there’s no comparison until either Rodgers throws 50 TDs, or the Packers go 16-0. Neither has happened yet. And contrary to popular belief, neither one is guaranteed.

    __
    The only thing that Rodgers doesn’t have that Brady does have is a multitude of male fans of his team to orally service him on a daily basis.

  91. edgerules says: Dec 1, 2011 10:25 PM

    Brady is a fraud? smdh. The man, classy as usual, praises Mr. Rodgers, and people hate on the poor guy. I will never get the Brady hate. Seriously.

    Now, provided that both teams make the SB (remember the old adage: any given Sunday, and that also applies to the Packers, as the 2007 Patriots learned), that would be one heck of a Super Bowl.

    As someone who likes two great teams with two great QBs going at it, I hope it happens on Feb 5th. I think it would be a great game, very reminiscent of Montana vs Marino. :)

  92. axespray says: Dec 2, 2011 2:48 AM

    Favre – Elway
    Montana – Marino
    Bradshaw – Staubach
    Brees – Peyton

    Rodgers vs Brady?

    It would be a heck of a football game.
    And with both defenses giving up a lot of yards and some points, It could be the biggest shootout of all time.

  93. mepackerfan says: Dec 2, 2011 5:06 AM

    I am sorry, baddegg.

    Tebow who? Never heard his name.

  94. thetruth1313 says: Dec 2, 2011 8:38 AM

    bozosforall says:
    Dec 1, 2011 9:14 PM
    The only thing that Rodgers doesn’t have that Brady does have is a multitude of male fans of his team to orally service him on a daily basis.

    ————————————————-
    And Bozo knows cause he is in both lines daily.

  95. 1historian says: Dec 2, 2011 9:39 AM

    Every now and then Brady plays what I call a ‘statement’ game, the statement being – “I’m Tom Brady and you’re not!”

    His praising Rogers is a classy move (and I would KILL for the hat he is wearing in that picture and for the panache to wear it, both of which I lack in profusion,) and if it comes to a P&P Super Bowl I think we would see one of the all time great games.

    I have nothing but respect for Rogers – he kept his mouth shut and stood on the sideline and learned until his time came and then when he got the job that was THAT. I admire the Packers for making the tough pick to say Rogers is the QB and sticking to it and I like Rogers’ commercial.

    Johnny Unitas is the all time QB – 47 straight games in which he threw a TD pass.

  96. bozosforall says: Dec 2, 2011 6:03 PM

    thetruth1313 says:
    Dec 2, 2011 8:38 AM
    bozosforall says:
    Dec 1, 2011 9:14 PM
    The only thing that Rodgers doesn’t have that Brady does have is a multitude of male fans of his team to orally service him on a daily basis.

    ————————————————-
    And Bozo knows cause he is in both lines daily.

    __
    The only “truth” here is that notclosetothetruth1313 is the one in line.

  97. belicheckyoself says: Dec 2, 2011 11:46 PM

    I kinda figured on the raiders in the afc game this year before the season started, so it’s funny that that get’s mentioned.

    Rodgers IS great, so’s breeze in my opinion.

    Anyone who says Brady was overrated in 07 because he completed passes to his receivers is confusingly stupid. I don’t usually like to call commenters stupid, because some of mine are stupid, but man.

    I dont think NE’s going to the big game this year, but that would be the most entertaining post season game ever by far.

    Bozos… Gay jokes? Really? You’re betraying yourself on multiple levels pal. You sound like a high school dropout there.

  98. packerfanfordecades says: Dec 3, 2011 2:54 PM

    When Tom Brady is inducted into the Hall of Fame, that future news story should mention that he came back and played at a phenominal level after a catastrophic knee injury.

    I pray that Aaron’s career isn’t interrupted with a major injury of any kind.

    Poetic justice demands a Super Bowl between the Pack and the Patriots this year.

  99. calmamater says: Dec 3, 2011 8:06 PM

    Brady Rodgers matchup in the would certainly be awesome to watch. But I wouldn’t mind a Rodgers Tebow SB. Can u imagine the statistically awesome Rodgers vs. the most clutch sub 50% passer, it’d be crazy in the 4th quarter or overtime.

  100. kisstherings says: Dec 8, 2011 12:52 AM

    Anybody who thinks the Patriots and the Packers have the two worst defenses in the league are idiots. They are both ranked the worst in yards allowed but both rank very high in points against. That is because apposing teams throw up garbage time yards against them after they have put up 30+ points on the board. Whenever either defense has had to come up big they have.

    Packers/Patriots would be an awesome SB.

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