Aaron Rodgers has some words of wisdom for Deshaun Watson

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Based on what he demonstrated as a rookie, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson soon could be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. The man generally regarded as the best quarterback in the NFL likes what he has seen.

He did some amazing things,” Aaron Rodgers recently told the Greenville News regarding Watson, via the Texans’ official website. “Obviously he’s extremely gifted athletically and can throw all over the field. That gives him a lot of different weapons to use in that offense.”

So what advice could Watson use as he prepares for the second year of his career?

“I don’t think he needs any advice,” Rodgers said. “He had a fantastic year.”

And then came the advice.

“As he’ll find out, the second year is maybe the toughest year for a quarterback because you have an entire offseason for teams — especially teams in your division — to study you,” Rodgers said. “It makes things a little harder. I played pretty decent my first year and came back in ’09 and was seeing some different looks because there’s a lot more film on you.”

Rodgers is right. As defenses learn more about the things that a player likes to do, defenses figure out how to take those things away, and to force the player to do things that maybe he doesn’t want to do.

82 responses to “Aaron Rodgers has some words of wisdom for Deshaun Watson

  1. And then came the advice.

    “As he’ll find out, the second year is maybe the toughest year for a quarterback because you have an entire offseason for teams — especially teams in your division — to study you,” Rodgers said. “It makes things a little harder. I played pretty decent my first year and came back in ’09 and was seeing some different looks because there’s a lot more film on you.”

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    ad·vice
    noun
    guidance or recommendations concerning prudent future action, typically given by someone regarded as knowledgeable or authoritative.

  2. Here’s some advice for Rodgers: you play tackle football not two hand touch. So when you get tackled and possibly hurt don’t throw a temper tantrum and act like a little B

  3. Actually Waaaajahs first season had him throwing 56% completion rate with a passer rating of 39.8, strictly speaking. His second season saw a 40% comp rate and a passer rating of 48. At which point the Packers tried to trade him without getting any offers. In his FOURTH season when he finally became a starter, he went 6-10 on a team that was 13-3 the previous year under Brett Favre. His second season as a STARTER, Aaron improved to 11-5, had a higher comp rate, more TDs, fewer Int, and his passer rating was 10 points higher. He should probably look at the record before offering advice.

  4. Rodgers further advice “if you ever get hit and hurt while scrambling cry like a baby and curse out the player that hit you then lie about it and try to claim he started it”. He must get that behavior from living in Green Bay.

  5. Words of wisdom isn’t advice.

    If he were inclined to give advice, he’d say: “Don’t ever assume a play is over in Minnesota after you’ve released the ball, taken three steps, decelerated, and started turning back toward the huddle. The Vikings need every advantage they can get (see postseason against New Orleans,) and will purposefully try to cause injury to any quarterback they feel threatened by.”

    That’s advice.

  6. It will be fun to watch the Texans this year if Watson and the defenders can stay healthy.

  7. Not sure Watson showed enough tendencies for DC’s to stop him. He threw it all over the field from the pocket and rolling both right and left. He only ran when he had to. It will be interesting to watch his development this year in an offense designed FOR HIM.

  8. Hilarious to see the jealous peasants on here trying to insult the greatest QB of all time, I guess I’d be bitter if I was a fan of a franchise that’s never won a super bowl too.

  9. Yeah, the second year set back is basically because these NFL coaches act as if teams don’t study film to shut them down. It’s called, coaches time to do his job and be creative enough to continue the climb.

  10. Don’t assume you can handle the Vikings D. They’re going to keep coming harder now that they know how soft Erin is. You might want to sit out so you don’t get hurt.

    That’s advice.

  11. Advice? Don’t assume you’ll make a easy field goal to advance in the postseason, you just might be as bad as the Vikings.

  12. stellarperformance says:
    May 19, 2018 at 2:29 pm
    Words of wisdom isn’t advice.

    If he were inclined to give advice, he’d say: “Don’t ever assume a play is over in Minnesota after you’ve released the ball, taken three steps, decelerated, and started turning back toward the huddle. The Vikings need every advantage they can get (see postseason against New Orleans,) and will purposefully try to cause injury to any quarterback they feel threatened by.”

    That’s advice.
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    In a few years the cheesers will be talking about how Barr hit Erin in the back on the sidelines while he was getting a cup of Gatorade.
    A lot of crying about a play that was neither flagged or fined.

  13. Blame the coaches for losses. Passively criticize your front office then backtrack when people call you out on it. Believe your dumb fans when they say you’re the greatest ever, but in fact you might not even be the 2nd greatest QB in your teams history.

  14. jackedupboonie says:
    May 19, 2018 at 1:59 pm
    If I’m Rodgers, Richard Sherman telling Deshaun that the Seahawks haven’t faced anyone better……should be a little bit annoying.
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    Actually, Sherman said they faced all the greats in the game, and none of them had a game like that. Good try though.

  15. Did I miss the news of Tom Brady retiring!? Nobody other than Packers fans or those people jealous of the Patriots would pick Rodgers over Brady to win a game tomorrow. Not slamming Aaron as he’s probably top 3 depending on criteria and he’s obviously headed to Canton 5 years after he retires.
    But the whole Rodgers is the greatest qb ever stuff needs to stop. He’s not even top 5 and has a ways to go just to get there. Since Rodgers doesn’t have the playing style to make it to 40; as soon as his legs go his career is pretty much over. So he has at most 4 years left, let’s see what he does with them and just enjoy the talents of a very gifted quarterback.

  16. Here’s some advice for Vikings fans … shut up, and go play with your Legos and Tinker Toys. No one cares about your zero-time world champ opinions.

    Regards,

    Fans of the teams who have actually won something worth talking about

  17. GenXJ says:
    May 19, 2018 at 5:18 pm
    aaron advice: your collarbones become brittle after 13 years.
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    Viking troll brains, and other important appendages, get very small after cheering in vain for 57 years.

  18. stellarperformance says:
    May 19, 2018 at 2:29 pm
    Words of wisdom isn’t advice.

    If he were inclined to give advice, he’d say: “Don’t ever assume a play is over in Minnesota after you’ve released the ball, taken three steps, decelerated, and started turning back toward the huddle. The Vikings need every advantage they can get (see postseason against New Orleans,) and will purposefully try to cause injury to any quarterback they feel threatened by.”

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    LOL! Okay…………next….

  19. Advise to Rodgers: Get more than one single ring before you act like you’re all that. Even Eli has more than you.

  20. boiler72 says:
    May 19, 2018 at 5:33 pm
    Here’s some advice for Vikings fans … shut up, and go play with your Legos and Tinker Toys. No one cares about your zero-time world champ opinions.

    Regards,

    Fans of the teams who have actually won something worth talking about

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    Ouch, I think we struck a nerve.

  21. flviking says:
    May 19, 2018 at 5:42 pm
    Ouch, I think we struck a nerve.
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    Isn’t that what fight-pickers do?

  22. flyphillyfly34 says:
    May 19, 2018 at 5:39 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    May 19, 2018 at 2:29 pm
    Words of wisdom isn’t advice.

    If he were inclined to give advice, he’d say: “Don’t ever assume a play is over in Minnesota after you’ve released the ball, taken three steps, decelerated, and started turning back toward the huddle. The Vikings need every advantage they can get (see postseason against New Orleans,) and will purposefully try to cause injury to any quarterback they feel threatened by.”

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    LOL! Okay…………next….

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    He does go on. It’s funny though, he actually believes that.

  23. stellarperformance says:
    May 19, 2018 at 5:57 pm
    flviking says:
    May 19, 2018 at 5:42 pm
    Ouch, I think we struck a nerve.
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    Isn’t that what fight-pickers do?

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    Whatever stella, never have I seen a fan base so intelligently afraid before. We are just having a little bit of fun now.

  24. If Phillip Rivers played for the Packers and Rodgers was a Charger brainwashed people would consider Rivers the best QB in the game, just sayin’

  25. it might be a limited amount of film to look at, but im not all that impressed with any first year qb that cant consistently get it done…all we heard was dak this and dak that, then reality set in in season two…

    rediculous to crown this guy as the next big thing when he hasnt done anything, won anything, etc….

  26. boiler72 says:
    May 19, 2018 at 5:33 pm
    Here’s some advice for Vikings fans … shut up, and go play with your Legos and Tinker Toys. No one cares about your zero-time world champ opinions.
    Regards,
    Fans of the teams who have actually won something worth talking about
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    I’m talking about this up coming season and no matter what Mark Murphy is going to tell you at your “shareholders” meeting nobody has won that yet. You can keep taking about your trophies from years past like anyone cares.

  27. Liberalsruineverything says:
    May 19, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    A lot of crying about a play that was neither flagged or fined.
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    From a member of a fanbase that still cries about the beating the Saints put on Brett Favre. Neither fined or flagged.

  28. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 19, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    You can keep taking about your trophies from years past like anyone cares.
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    And you can’t

    Which is probably what drives your obvious insecurity.

  29. In the entire history of PFT, I don’t think there’s ever been a thread where comments related less to the subject than this one.
    The subject being Rodgers advising Watson about the supposed soph. slump.
    Why don’t you Pack and Vike idiots get your own site where you can impersonate 3 year olds and “insult” each other all day long. And leave PFT to people who actually like football.

  30. flviking says:
    May 19, 2018 at 6:27 pm
    Whatever stella, never have I seen a fan base so intelligently afraid before. We are just having a little bit of fun now.
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    Sure. Having fun. Just don’t whine when it happens in Viking threads. It’s starts with fight-pickers. Heck, if that’s indicative of a Viking troll sense of humor, I feel sorry for the young people in Minnesota……the next batch of “you.” The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I guess fight-picking as a natural inclination is the long-term effect of sustained frustration.

  31. stexan says:
    May 19, 2018 at 7:40 pm
    In the entire history of PFT, I don’t think there’s ever been a thread where comments related less to the subject than this one.
    The subject being Rodgers advising Watson about the supposed soph. slump.
    Why don’t you Pack and Vike idiots get your own site where you can impersonate 3 year olds and “insult” each other all day long. And leave PFT to people who actually like football.
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    This is a Packer thread, I agree with you, and you’re speaking primarily to fight-picking Viking trolls. The behavior sustains them.

  32. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 19, 2018 at 7:04 pm
    The blowhard who loves the sound of his own voice went on to advise “if you get a bit of fame disown your mother”. 😀
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    I assumed that’s what you were striving for on this site, for the same reason.

  33. This is a Packer thread, I agree with you, and you’re speaking primarily to fight-picking Viking trolls. The behavior sustains them.

    This is a Packer/Texan thread. Oh the arrogance to think it is just a Packer thread.
    And just go to the prior Packer thread to see the Packer fan “fight picking” and hypocrisy here.

  34. It’s a Packer thread (only) to the likes of Packer-hating Viking trolls. The other team doesn’t matter. Not to them. Never has.

  35. I take great satisfaction knowing how deep I’ve gotten under the skin of Viking trolls. You know they’re at a loss for words when twisting my words against me is all they can come up with. I guess that’s called “fresh.”

  36. Liberalsruineverything says:

    May 19, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    stellarperformance says:
    May 19, 2018 at 2:29 pm
    Words of wisdom isn’t advice.

    If he were inclined to give advice…
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    In a few years the cheesers will be talking about how Barr hit Erin in the back…”
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    In a few years no one will know who Barr is was.

  37. stellarperformance says:
    May 19, 2018 at 7:46 pm
    stexan says:
    May 19, 2018 at 7:40 pm
    In the entire history of PFT, I don’t think there’s ever been a thread where comments related less to the subject than this one.
    The subject being Rodgers advising Watson about the supposed soph. slump.
    Why don’t you Pack and Vike idiots get your own site where you can impersonate 3 year olds and “insult” each other all day long. And leave PFT to people who actually like football.
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    This is a Packer thread, I agree with you, and you’re speaking primarily to fight-picking Viking trolls. The behavior sustains them.

    He is speaking to both fans bases that are on here. He says it directly. Only an arrogant cheese eater like yourself only sees it as he is only talking to Viking fans.

  38. “Actually Waaaajahs first season had him throwing 56% completion rate with a passer rating of 39.8, strictly speaking. His second season saw a 40% comp rate and a passer rating of 48. At which point the Packers tried to trade him without getting any offers. In his FOURTH season when he finally became a starter, he went 6-10 on a team that was 13-3 the previous year under Brett Favre. His second season as a STARTER, Aaron improved to 11-5, had a higher comp rate, more TDs, fewer Int, and his passer rating was 10 points higher. He should probably look at the record before offering advice.”

    While your stats are correct and I give you credit for that, he played in 3, 2 and 2 games in his first 3 seasons as a backup, none of which I believe were starts. Those stats are from 16, 15 and 28 total attempts in those 3 seasons, and not enough of a sample size to properly analyze what a player can do if he’s a starter playing 16 games, and distorts those statistics when applied to him as if he had been a starter in his first three seasons.

    His first year as a starter was pretty representative of the rest of his career, 63.6 completion %, 4038 yards, 7.5 average, 28 TDs, 13 INTs, though his passer rating of 93.8 is lower by 10-15 point than most of his other years starting. Its likely in his advice to Watson he was referring to his first 2 years as a starter, not the 3 as a backup.

  39. Frazier28/7 says:
    May 19, 2018 at 6:43 pm
    If Phillip Rivers played for the Packers and Rodgers was a Charger brainwashed people would consider Rivers the best QB in the game, just sayin’
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    Read Florio’s take (above) again. “The man generally regarded as the best quarterback in the NFL……………….”

    It’s obviously an opinion that far exceeds that of dedicated Packer fans only. I can tell you this: If Rodgers played for the Vikings and Cousins played for the Packers, nobody would call Cousins the best QB in the game. Never happen.

  40. It’s not bad advice, but it is funny that he said no advice was needed and then offered some. And yeah, I’d add a suggestion to watch out for Anthony Barr.

    Rodgers is the greatest QB of all time? LOL! Look, we get that you Packer fans are proud of your QB, but at least try to maintain some perspective.

  41. stellarperformance says:
    May 19, 2018 at 7:46 pm
    stexan says:
    May 19, 2018 at 7:40 pm
    In the entire history of PFT, I don’t think there’s ever been a thread where comments related less to the subject than this one.
    The subject being Rodgers advising Watson about the supposed soph. slump.
    Why don’t you Pack and Vike idiots get your own site where you can impersonate 3 year olds and “insult” each other all day long. And leave PFT to people who actually like football.
    /////////////////////

    This is a Packer thread, I agree with you, and you’re speaking primarily to fight-picking Viking trolls. The behavior sustains them

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    That’s funny, I just went to the Texans site and lo and behold this story is on there. Mmmmmmmmmmmm, I guess you can say this is a Texan thread.

  42. My words of wisdom “ do not do like Dak Prescott and talk about the Hall of Fame, being the best ever, being the only one that can beat Brady and then going out and completely tanking”

  43. nyctraffic says:
    May 19, 2018 at 4:25 pm
    Tom Brady, not Rodgers, is the league’s best quarterback. As an Atlanta fan, I have an enlightened perspective on this.
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    If you look at the stats, Aaron Rodgers had a better game against the Falcons in the NFCCG than Brady had in the SB. In the 2nd half Rodgers went 3 and out in the opening drive, and then scored TDs in every other drive except the one that ended regulation. Brady went 3 and out in his opening drive of the 2nd half, and then scored TDs and one FG in the remaining drives except the one that ended regulation.

  44. In the 2nd half Rodgers went 3 and out in the opening drive, and then scored TDs in every other drive except the one that ended regulation.
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    That is referred to as garbage time scoring. The game was over. The Falcons were giving up yards to burn time. And you’re proud of this play?

  45. I’m surprised Watson’s response wasn’t included in the article:
    “Thanks for the advice, but no thanks. I’ve seen your last handful of playoff performances, I’d prefer not to follow your path. Good job though on that SB about a decade ago.”

  46. Florio really likes himself a good rodgering. The only thing Erin excelled at was finally learning how to harness one of the best receiving corps the nfl has seen, and it took him more than a season to get that right. Once that group disbanded, starting with Jennings moving on, you started to see him slump more often.

    The hard truth is that he wouldn’t have a ring right now if Goodell didn’t step in and take down the juggernaut from the year before…all the pack did was full the void that was left.

  47. A lot of sad people here. How do you identify with some team that won something at some point? YOU didn’t do ANYTHING! Why do you refer to it as “WE”? You did nothing except type on some dumb chat board like this. Then you get mad at some other moron who types on the stupid chat board too because he is a fan of the opposing team! Inane and dumb.

  48. Rogers is the greatest qb in history?

    Wha?

    He’s not even the greatest qb in Packer history. He’s good, but he ain’t nothing special.

  49. thegreatgabbert says:
    May 19, 2018 at 1:48 pm
    Actually Waaaajahs first season had him throwing 56% completion rate with a passer rating of 39.8, strictly speaking. His second season saw a 40% comp rate and a passer rating of 48. At which point the Packers tried to trade him without getting any offers. In his FOURTH season when he finally became a starter, he went 6-10 on a team that was 13-3 the previous year under Brett Favre. His second season as a STARTER, Aaron improved to 11-5, had a higher comp rate, more TDs, fewer Int, and his passer rating was 10 points higher. He should probably look at the record before offering advice.

    So says someone who thinks there is only one player on the field during a football game. HE didn’t go 6-10, the Packers did (he threw for 4000 yards and 28 TDs that year, he did his part). HE didn’t go 11-5, the Packers did. Seasons in which he came in as relief and threw 60 passes in 7 games over 3 years, don’t count – for anyone. Since becoming a starter, when it does count, he’s been solidly over 60% completion, amazing, TD-INT ratios, almost always above 100 in Rating, etc.

    May not like the guy but at least use the stats that count, the way they were designed.

  50. Rodgers is by far, without a doubt, the best active QB in the league. He is head and shoulders above any QB still playing right now. The Packers FO has done a miserable job of helping him. If he had a better coach & GM in his career he would have 6 rings by now, without any question. Best active QB. Greatest still playing. Every other QB still playing wishes they could be him, no question about that.

  51. Wow, I see the Rodgers haters are really jealous and taking time to express those feelings here. Many of you viking fans are feeling anxiety because you have the next three years with Captain Kirk’s losing record against winning teams. Don’t take out your frustrations here and now. You will have plenty of time during the second half of the 2018 season when your team is out of contention.

  52. This could have been a nice discussion between Packers and Texan fans had other fans not decided to ruin it. The purples are immune from embarrassment.

  53. I’m a Bills fan that enjoys football…now with that said. I see Viking fans always bashing Rogers.and Pat fans saying Brady is better..Viking fans can’t talk crap,they have never won Anything!!and if Rogers was on the Pats he’d have 3 maybe 4 Rings!!! it’s All about Coaching ,putting your Qb’s best skills to use..it’s called building a system …if Rogers had a Great Coach like BB…He’d have more rings !!!

  54. Watson will probably turn out to be better than Cousins in the long run, Watson more mobile Cousins becomes erratic when flushed from the pocket most of his interceptions are when he is flushed out , Cousins has a lot to prove to earn that contract ,Rodgers has nothing to prove.

  55. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 19, 2018 at 10:56 pm
    That is referred to as garbage time scoring. The game was over. The Falcons were giving up yards to burn time. And you’re proud of this play?
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    I’m proud of the Packers that year. They didn’t have a very good team and they still went much further than anyone expected. The game against Dallas a week earlier, on the road as underdogs, was classic. They were underdogs on the road against the Falcons too.

    The Vikings had a chance last year “to show us how it’s done.” They were favored, on the road, with a hot QB, a legendary “vaunted” defense, and playing against a second-stringer. The world saw what happened. It left nearly the same impression as Wide Left, which is infamously recognized as the professional sports symbol of futility, even by remote islanders in the South Pacific.

    Talk about “game over.”

  56. Um, generally regarded by whom Florio? ” The man generally regarded as the best quarterback in the NFL…” unless you were talking about Packers fans, there were quite a few names that will be uttered before his.

  57. Packer fans always say Championships are the only thing that matters. So they can admit Montana, Bradshaw and Brady are at least 3 times better than Erin. But in Erin’s defense he’s not worse than Trent Dilfer or Brad Johnson.

  58. The Viking trolls are already anticipating the next Packer-related thread. They’re like an aging and over-stimulated, toothless, pit-bulls. They’re hoping and praying they could do something more to us than laughingly gumming us to death with their ineffective words.

    Good luck with that.

  59. aaron advice #4: don’t let any sibling overshadow your championship by joining the reality t.v.

  60. Let’s be real here, the greatest QBs ever are Joe Montana, Tom Brady, and Bart Starr, in whichever order you like. Rodger’s career stats are among the best ever but he’s benefited from playing with offense-friendly rules and needs to win more SBs before being considered in the top 5 of all time. Rodgers is probably in the second tier along with Steve Young, Dan Marino, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, etc.

    As a Packer fan I agree that Rodgers isn’t GB’s best QB ever, again that was Starr. It’s sort of silly to throw that around like an insult though, Rodgers isn’t even as good as that guy who was perhaps legitimately the best ever! Hah!

  61. He was thinking the whole time:

    It’s a shame you’re not in the NFC, because if they’d make the playoffs and get to play the Vikings, who should be a 30 point underdog in all their playoff games.

  62. Liberalsruineverything says:
    May 20, 2018 at 10:20 am
    Packer fans always say Championships are the only thing that matters. So they can admit Montana, Bradshaw and Brady are at least 3 times better than Erin. But in Erin’s defense he’s not worse than Trent Dilfer or Brad Johnson.
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    I see someone doesn’t understand the concept of a TEAM game. See, I can fully admit that Fran Tarkenton is a significantly better QB than Dilfer or Johnson. Yet by your definition, he is not. I guess Dan Marino sucks in your world too.

  63. beerbratscheese says:
    May 20, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    I see someone doesn’t understand the concept of a TEAM game. See, I can fully admit that Fran Tarkenton is a significantly better QB than Dilfer or Johnson. Yet by your definition, he is not. I guess Dan Marino sucks in your world too.
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    On the contrary, it’s the exact opposite of that. Marino was the best thrower of a football I’ve ever seen. Power, accuracy, quick release, he had it all. Viking fans get told every day that nothing in history matters if you’ve never won a championship. Thus, Marino didn’t matter and Erin matters as much as Dilfer and Johnson, am I right? Or is it you just get to have it both ways because your the most entitled.

  64. Im so glad that my team got the goat this year for only 28 million a year fully guaranteed. I mean what could go wrong with a quarterback who hasnt won a postseason game yet!

  65. Liberalsruineverything says:
    May 20, 2018 at 1:13 pm
    beerbratscheese says:
    May 20, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    I see someone doesn’t understand the concept of a TEAM game. See, I can fully admit that Fran Tarkenton is a significantly better QB than Dilfer or Johnson. Yet by your definition, he is not. I guess Dan Marino sucks in your world too.
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    On the contrary, it’s the exact opposite of that. Marino was the best thrower of a football I’ve ever seen. Power, accuracy, quick release, he had it all. Viking fans get told every day that nothing in history matters if you’ve never won a championship. Thus, Marino didn’t matter and Erin matters as much as Dilfer and Johnson, am I right? Or is it you just get to have it both ways because your the most entitled.
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    Where do you think Tarkenton ranks when compared to Dilfer and Johnson? I’ve already stated in my earlier post that he is better. Based on all your comments, Tarkenton means nothing to the NFL, but I just to see you say it.

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