Bill Belichick is glad he doesn’t face Aaron Rodgers regularly

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As the rare showdown approaches between Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, the man who will be charged with stopping Rodgers is glad that he doesn’t have to do it very often.

“Well, he killed us the last time we played him,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters on Wednesday, referring to a 26-21 loss at Green Bay that featured Rodgers averaged 9.7 yards per attempt. “I mean, he’s a great player. He does everything well. He reads coverages well, very accurate throwing the ball. He’s got a great touch down the field, short, intermediate. They get a lot of catch-and-run plays. A lot of that is because of his great accuracy. He puts the ball right on the receiver and doesn’t have to break stride and can just keep running with it. Very mobile in the pocket, extends plays, really good vision down the field, uses the cadence well, is a good situational player. I mean, he’s one of the great quarterbacks in the National Football League; no question about it. He does everything good. He can even play golf. He’s a good golfer, too.”

Belichick mused for a moment that maybe he’d like to see Rodgers more than once every four years, before quickly talking himself out of that idea.

“I guess it would be good if we played him more than that, but you know what I mean,” Belichick said. “I’m in no rush to see him every week. I wouldn’t want to be in that division.”

With everyone else comparing Rodgers and Brady this week, it made sense to get Belichick’s views on whether he’d want to have to try to stop Brady.

“Yeah, well, I’ve never played against Tom Brady,” Belichick said. “So I’m glad he’s our quarterback. He’s a great quarterback. He’s won a lot of games for us and hopefully he’ll win a lot more and we’ve won a lot of games because of him, but I’ve never played against Tom Brady so it’s a different context. I’d say playing against Aaron Rodgers is very, very difficult. He’s as good as anybody that I’ve faced and we’ve faced a lot of good ones through the years. That’s not to take anything away from anybody else. I’m just saying the guy is a great player. He can do everything that a quarterback needs to do consistently. He does it well. He throws a lot of touchdowns. He doesn’t throw very many interceptions. The receivers make a ton of yards after he gets them the ball, and a big part of that is him getting them the ball in space, on the run, so that they can continue to gain positive yards after the catch. He doesn’t make them work for the ball. He gets out of some plays that very few guys can get out of. He’s got tremendous production down the field. Once again, he leads the league in touchdowns-to-interceptions. He leads the league in big plays. He’s thrown however many long passes to however many different receivers. It’s not all one guy. He’s a great player.”

But Belichick realizes, as everyone should, that it’s not really a showdown between the two players.

“Yeah, well, they’re not going to be on the field at the same time,” Belichick said.

Still, they’ll be on the same field in the same game, and Belichick continued to gush about Rodgers, when asked about his mobility.

“Well, look, he only runs when he has to run,” Belichick said. “He doesn’t go back there and just start running around for free exercise. If he can throw it, he’ll throw it and put it on the money and give the receiver the ball and let him play with it, let him run with it. If he needs to extend the play and there is space for him to extend the play, he’s very good at extending it. He’s fast, he’s quick, he’s got good pocket presence. He doesn’t run a lot but when he does run he’s gained some big plays — 20, 25, 30 yards running the ball if there’s nobody right there because he’s got that kind of speed and judgement. But there are plenty of plays where he just buys another second, buys a couple more seconds and then it’s 50 yards downfield. It doesn’t go down in the books as a scramble, but it’s an extended play and it’s due to his ability to get out of trouble but it’s also — his accuracy down the field is remarkable and he makes some unbelievable throws and it’s to everybody. It’s not just one guy. He just sees a little space down there wherever the defender is. He puts the ball where the receiver can get to it and the defender can’t get to it and it’s 50 yards. It could be over his head, it could be outside, it could be inside, he could under throw him, he could back-shoulder him. He’s got tremendous accuracy, a quick release and great vision. He sees guys coming at him but he doesn’t really see them. He just sees the receiver and puts the ball where it needs to go.”

As a result, the Packers often go where they need to go. But not nearly as frequently as the Patriots do. Which raises an interesting question: What if Rodgers was a Patriot and Brady was a Packer? How many rings would each guy have?

85 responses to “Bill Belichick is glad he doesn’t face Aaron Rodgers regularly

  1. This guy pumps up the opponent each week and his team buys in to it.
    Like some Jedi Master using mind tricks.

    “These are not the droids you looking for…”

  2. Yeah, he is happy to face the Bills with Tommy where they are 29-2 in Tommy’s career… I too would love not to face real competition every year and just walk into the playoffs.

  3. Fair question – the thing about Brady that gets under appreciated is his willingness to sublimate his ego for the greater good, and his ability to stay on the field. I’m not convinced that Rodgers would be as good a fit with Belichick over an 18 year period as Brady has been, but I’m certain Aaron would have more than the one ring he’s gotten with the Pack.

  4. If Rodgers were a Patriot he’d have fewer rings than Brady because the middle of the Pats roster would be thinner thanks to his cap hit. If Brady were a Packer he wouldn’t have any more rings than Rodgers because quite frankly the talent just hasn’t been there and Belichick wouldn’t be running the show. People can debate Brady vs Rodgers all they like but there is no debate when it comes to Belichick vs McCarthy.

  5. I honestly thin BB just has reverence for great players. When he gets to watch film of them for a few weeks he just likes to talk about it. It’s a bit of blowing smoke, but it’s always the truth.

  6. Uinein Sul says:
    October 31, 2018 at 4:21 pm
    AFC East has made the road to Patriots dynasty way to easy.

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    It’s so easy to say that, but the Patriots record against the vaunted AFC North is better than their record against the AFC East , and they play the best team in that division every year. That narrative is easy and completely wrong.

    Indy dominated the AFC South for years, then manning left and they were competitive and he dominated the west. Brady is the reason they are so bad in the AFC East, not the other way around. Rodgers division has been pretty bad too for the same reason.

  7. After it is all said and done, the Packers will have had 2 hall of fame quarterbacks over a period spanning 30 plus years with a grand total of 3 superbowl trips and 2 rings to show for it. And it’s not like their division is made of heavy hitters either, it’s been a long time since the bears were good and the vikings are already fading. They make the playoffs every year sans a Rodgers injury. Maybe teams should stop complaining about how easy the AFC East is and start looking at their terrible front offices and coaching ruining hall of fame talent. There’s no salary cap on front office and coaching, no excuses for such poor results.

  8. Yeah, he is happy to face the Bills with Tommy where they are 29-2 in Tommy’s career… I too would love not to face real competition every year and just walk into the playoffs.
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    Yea because the Vikings, Bears, and Lions have been such powerhouses over the past 10 ten years. Give it up. Just out of curiosity, what is the Pats record against non-AFC east opponents during the BB/TB era?

  9. ninerfan81 says:
    October 31, 2018 at 4:27 pm
    Rodgers is a different beast…imagine if he had a Rams like squad…it’d be treacherous

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    He did… 2011. They lost in the first round of the playoffs.

  10. Doug L says:
    October 31, 2018 at 4:11 pm
    Yeah, he is happy to face the Bills with Tommy where they are 29-2 in Tommy’s career… I too would love not to face real competition every year and just walk into the playoffs.

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    So per this story this years ‘easy competition’ includes Green Bay. Its not the Patriots you just dissed there.

    I guess we call KC a pushover too.

    And later this year we play Pittsb…..ok, bad example.

  11. Seems to me he is playing head games with Brady. Rodgers is great at this, he’s great at that, yada yada. Meanwhile Brady is thinking what about me? Whatever it is you can be sure Belichick has a reason for talking this much, and it ain’t just because he’s a Rodgers fan. When was the last time he gave more than a one sentence stock quote when talking about an opponent?

  12. I have never heard him compliant a player as much as he did in this article. Almost the whole article is him praising Rodgers. I think his little Bill got a rise.

  13. “He puts the ball right on the receiver and doesn’t have to break stride and can just keep running with it” – Belichick on Rodgers

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    And here lies the key. Joe Montana was the best I’ve ever seen at hitting his receivers in stride. Bert Jones and Rodgers are right behind Montana.

  14. This is proof Brady is lucky he has BB.

    Ted Thompson dismantled the Packers with horrendous drafts for years?

    BB? Superb for years since 2009, in and out of the Lockout to keep costs down. Just genius.

  15. Uinein Sul says:
    October 31, 2018 at 4:21 pm
    AFC East has made the road to Patriots dynasty way to easy.
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    When did winning a division title put a team in the conference championship and super bowl.

  16. sigbouncer says:
    October 31, 2018 at 4:45 pm
    “He puts the ball right on the receiver and doesn’t have to break stride and can just keep running with it” – Belichick on Rodgers

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    And here lies the key. Joe Montana was the best I’ve ever seen at hitting his receivers in stride. Bert Jones and Rodgers are right behind Montana.

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    Then why could Montana only take his team to four SBs and Bert Jones took his team to none?

  17. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    October 31, 2018 at 4:41 pm
    I think it’s obvious to any objective observer that Rodgers would have at least six or seven rings if he were a Patriot instead of a Packer.

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    The way Brady performed in the Super Bowl in 2014 and 2016 against teams that knocked Rodgers out of the playoffs says it all. Your hypothetical point is completely wrong.

  18. Division games are always tougher do to the familiarity. All that stat means is that the Patriots have under-performed against their AFC East opponents. Also, some of those matches come at the end of the season when they rest many of their starters.

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    bullcharger says:

    It’s so easy to say that, but the Patriots record against the vaunted AFC North is better than their record against the AFC East , and they play the best team in that division every year. That narrative is easy and completely wrong.

  19. It’s so convenient and easy for non-Patriot fans to surmise that Rodgers (or anyone else for that matter) could lead a team to 8 Super Bowl appearances and win 5. Yeah, that sounds easy…

    Their problem is that, 1.) they didn’t, and 2.) no one else has ever even come close to that level of achievement.

    It’s a slap in Brady’s face. He has a physical dedication, intangibles, and mental approach no one has been able to equal. All the Hail Marys and coaching excuses can’t top that.

  20. If Brady played for GB all he would have is 1 ring. That is all HOF QB’s (not named Starr) are allowed in GB

  21. BB is showing his SOP.
    He ALWAYS has something nice about a player on the opposing team they play in a couple of days.
    He sounds sincere, BUT????
    I doubt it

  22. as0023 says:
    October 31, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    Division games are always tougher do to the familiarity. All that stat means is that the Patriots have under-performed against their AFC East opponents. Also, some of those matches come at the end of the season when they rest many of their starters.

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    No. The point is the Patriots have dominated the AFC North in addition to the AFC East. It’s not random that the Patriots have beat up on the Steelers who are a very good team for example.

  23. steelcurtainn says:
    October 31, 2018 at 4:50 pm
    Belichik makes the dumbest comments sometimes.

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    Pot, meet kettle

  24. Considering Belichick had his way against the likes of Montana and Peyton, that is a very high praise for Rodgers. Hopefully that motivates Brady to play better on Sunday. We need the win to keep up with the Chiefs for the #1 playoffs seed.

  25. The AFC Least junk has been debunked so many times it’s not even good trolling anymore. Even division has dogs, often several. Peyton had zero competition from anyone in the AFC South for a decade, yet famously noped out of any chances to relocate into the very division you call a cakewalk. There’s something about guaranteed matches against Brady and Belichick every year that puts a dent in anyone’s future, right Steelers?

  26. BB has said countless times that he would not want any other QB than Brady.TB has said that Arod is a great QB..so BB isn’t slighting Brady at all.If Brady could run he would be awesome but he knows his limits and moves in the pocket and makes plays from there.If Arod couldn’t run how good would he be?

  27. What a great game this should be …

    The league should schedule Green Bay (or KC) vs. New England against each other for all 16 games in a season, and may the best man win. Just send the winner to the Super Bowl.

  28. ‘AFC East has made the road to Patriots dynasty way to easy.’

    11-2 against the mighty Steelers (including 3-0 in AFC Championship games).

    You’re right – it is an easy road.

  29. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 31, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Considering Belichick had his way against the likes of Montana and Peyton, that is a very high praise for Rodgers.

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    Montana defeated Belichick 3 of the last 4 times they played. Losing the last one by just 2 points when he stayed in the game with a concussion and a broken finger on his throwing hand.

  30. Montana defeated Belichick 3 of the last 4 times they played. Losing the last one by just 2 points when he stayed in the game with a concussion and a broken finger on his throwing hand.

    Also Montana had broken ribs and needed back surgery after the game. And Roger Craig fumbled the ball while running out the clock or Montana would have won the last 4 against Lawrence Taylor’s Giants defense coached by Belichick.

  31. “Defense wins Championships” more than quarterbacks. Brady has never won a Super Bowl without a top 10 defense and Rodger’s only Super Bowl was the only year the Packers had a top 10 defense.

  32. Rodgers is way too sensitive to put up with the abuse BB gives out every day. He wouldn’t have more than one ring in New England.

  33. Defense wins championships is a tired old saying that holds no water in this era, unless you have an historic D like Seattle and Denver used to. Just like you have to run the FB.Obsolete.

    When Belichick was DC of the Giants and Montana was QB of the 49ers, the following results happened in the playoffs:

    1985: Giants 17-3
    1986: Giants 43-3
    1990: Giants 15-13

    GOAT? Don’t make me laugh.

  34. You can be sure BB meant every word of that too. I’m sure he could talk for an hour (or more) on Rodgers.

  35. That’s not true. Lawrence Taylor and Leonard Marshall (Not Belichick) knocked Montana out of 2 of the 3 playoff games they played. The Giants defense was much stronger more talented in their earlier games (’84-’85). Then came Jerry Rice, John Taylor, Tom Rathman, Brent Jones, Randy Cross, Harris Barton. That’s when it turned and Montana had QB ratings of 101 (off the bench, 78 yard winning TD to Rice) and QB rating of 134 with 3 touchdown passes vs Lawrence Taylor’s led Giants defense… Putting up 34 points on them.

    In the end it’s Montana 3 wins, 2 losses and 2 games that he didn’t finish.

  36. This game is going to make McCarthy look like a genius and Rodgers will ball out because this is quite possibly the Packers Super Bowl, and they really need the win. They aren’t desperate but they need it with trips to Seattle, Minnesota, and Chicago on the schedule. It’s a bad matchup for the Pat’s defense due to the mobility and play extending of Rodgers, and without Sony Michel, or another every down back, they will have a hard time eating clock and extending drives, and keeping the ball away from Rodgers. I just hope in the end the Pat’s can grind it out and not give Rodgers the ball back with a hail mary shot at a win.

  37. This is just further evidence of the incompetent bunch running the Packers — into the ground — the past 10+ years. Ted Thompson’s draft-and-develop BS never panned out. Thompson’s last three drafts (2015-17) were among the three worst in the entire league. And he is still employed by the team. Unreal. McCarthy saying he’s ‘a highly successful coach’ is a joke. The guy wins BECAUSE of Rodgers who carries a turd-filled roster on his back annually. McCarthy’s message is stale. He’s now been there 13 seasons. It’s time to purge McCarthy. Mark Murphy needs to take off his CMO hat and start acting like he runs a football team.

  38. Yuck.
    It’s like having an old rich corvette guy compliment another even though the only difference is the color of the car.

  39. Let’s not forget the first time Belichick and Rodgers squared off. In 2006, Tedy Bruschi knocked Brett Favre out of the game, and Rodgers played the entire 2nd half. Rodgers went 4-12 for 38 yards. New England won at Lambeau 35-0.

  40. I think the final question asked–how many rings Rodgers and Brady would have if they switched teams (and coaches)–is quite interesting. However, Belichick before Brady had a record of 51-65 and with Brady has a record of 136-39. It does not appear that Belichick made Brady better but that Brady made Belichick better. Rodgers would probably have had a similar effect on Belichick, but Rodgers has not improved the performance of his mediocre coaches to the extent that Brady improved Belichick’s mediocre coaching performance.

  41. are you saying Brady should pack it in this year and let Aaron take over the Pats next year? I’m down with that.

  42. Bill Belichck is by far the best coach and best GM in the league, bar none, and quite possibly the best ever. His only competition for best ever would be one Vincent Lombardi and their respective eras are/were way too different to even try and make any kind of real, objective comparison. We have no way of knowing if either of them could have or would have been as successful in the other guy’s era.

  43. During the span of Brady’s career, the Dolphins Bills and Jets have combined for a single playoff win every 4 years. 3 teams, one playoff win as often as we elect US presidents. They are undeniably terrible. Just, stop

  44. Also, despite having two great QBs facing off, this game really isn’t that interesting. Patriots aren’t #1 in AFC, Packers are likely to miss the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Saints and Rams, #s 1 and 2 in this very site’s power rankings, are facing off this weekend in a game that will likely determine who gets the #1 seed. There should be twice as many articles about that game, than this snoozer.

  45. There is always talk of the Patriots playing in a weak division. Is it the Patriot’s fault that other teams in the division are so poorly run? The Patriots do not choose coaching staffs or players for other teams And I believe if stats are check for the past 5 years, the AFCE would have a winning record vs other divisions!

  46. lanman11 says:
    October 31, 2018 at 9:12 pm
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    It’s a bad matchup for the Pat’s defense due to the mobility and play extending of Rodgers….
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    Did you just emerge from a coma? Rodgers has been playing on one leg since week one. He has limited mobility. He cannot extend plays and move from the pocket as usual.

  47. Since the Brady and Bellycheck era…the AFC East is the only division that hasn’t had more than 1 team earn a #1 seed in the conference…The Best QB Bellycheck has had to face in that division is Mark Sandchez…

  48. “Yuck.
    It’s like having an old rich corvette guy compliment another even though the only difference is the color of the car.”

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    It could have been a lot worse. Just imagine if there had been some wild-eyed guy there, twitching, grunting, and arguing incessantly about how his purple hooptie with the really annoying horn is better than that Corvette.

  49. Dropkick67 says:
    November 1, 2018 at 7:25 am

    There is always talk of the Patriots playing in a weak division. Is it the Patriot’s fault that other teams in the division are so poorly run? The Patriots do not choose coaching staffs or players for other teams And I believe if stats are check for the past 5 years, the AFCE would have a winning record vs other divisions!
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    Exactly. All they can do is try to beat whoever the NFL puts in front of them PLUS whoever “rises up” in the playoffs, regardless of division and even conference; and let’s face it, they’ve done an absolutely remarkable job of it.

    This is the most impressive dynasty the NFL has ever seen and that includes Lombardi’s Packers, who I was fortunate enough to have rooted for as a youngster. The Pats’ dynasty is more impressive due to the league being built for parity now. The NFL has done everything in its power to ensure the same team or teams don’t continue to win year after year (or decade after decade) and yet, that Patriots train just keeps on rolling along.

  50. NHPats says:
    October 31, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Then why could Montana only take his team to four SBs and Bert Jones took his team to none?

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    Because unlike Brady, Montana had to compete in the NFC against legendary teams like Lawrence Taylor’s Giants (2 Super Bowl wins), DaBears 46 defense (1 Super Bowl win), the Washington Redskins (3 Super Bowl wins).

    Bert Jones played just 3 seasons before a shoulder injury rendered him not the same player. Despite this Jones was NFL MVP in ’76 and almost defeated the defending Super Bowl Champion Raiders in the famous Ghost to the Post playoff overtime game. Jones also had the misfortune of playing in the AFC at the height of the legendary Steelers-Raiders rivalry (3 Super Bowl wins in 3 years – 5 consecutive AFC Championship matchups).

  51. This is just further evidence of the incompetent bunch running the Packers — into the ground — the past 10+ years. Ted Thompson’s draft-and-develop BS never panned out. Thompson’s last three drafts (2015-17) were among the three worst in the entire league.
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    2015 is awful. His worst class by far.

    2016??.. NO. Kenny Clark and Blake Martinez will be the cornerstones of the D for years. 2 really solid role players in Fackrell and Lowry.. perhaps more in Fackrell.

    2017? Remains to be seen. Can’t write Kevin King off yet. Josh Jones gets his chance now. 2 RBs, 1 of which is likely the future starter.

    … his drafts from 2013-2015 were his undoing. The core was eroding, and he whiffed huge on defense. (Yet STILL managed to get one of the best LTs in football, a solid starting C, and another stud WR)

  52. This game is going to make McCarthy look like a genius and Rodgers will ball out because this is quite possibly the Packers Super Bowl, and they really need the win. They aren’t desperate but they need it with trips to Seattle, Minnesota, and Chicago on the schedule.
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    Mark it.

    That will be the last time you ever hear genius in a sentence with McCarthy ever again.

  53. sigbouncer says:
    November 1, 2018 at 9:07 am
    NHPats says:
    October 31, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Then why could Montana only take his team to four SBs and Bert Jones took his team to none?

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    Because unlike Brady, Montana had to compete in the NFC against legendary teams like Lawrence Taylor’s Giants (2 Super Bowl wins), DaBears 46 defense (1 Super Bowl win), the Washington Redskins (3 Super Bowl wins).

    Bert Jones played just 3 seasons before a shoulder injury rendered him not the same player. Despite this Jones was NFL MVP in ’76 and almost defeated the defending Super Bowl Champion Raiders in the famous Ghost to the Post playoff overtime game. Jones also had the misfortune of playing in the AFC at the height of the legendary Steelers-Raiders rivalry (3 Super Bowl wins in 3 years – 5 consecutive AFC Championship matchups).

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    So Jones “almost” defeated another team. In other words they weren’t talented enough to deliver the good. Got it.

  54. NHPats says:
    November 1, 2018 at 9:38 am

    So Jones “almost” defeated another team. In other words they weren’t talented enough to deliver the good. Got it.

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    All this tells me is that you have no concept of the legendary teams in NFL history.

  55. Gronk is just fighting through injuries. That’s all. It’s the dog days of the NFL season until we get through Thanksgiving. While I am sure Gronk cares about his incentives very much, for fans if Gronk misses a few games but the Patriots make the playoffs and he is healthy then all is good.

  56. sigbouncer says:
    November 1, 2018 at 10:22 am
    NHPats says:
    November 1, 2018 at 9:38 am

    So Jones “almost” defeated another team. In other words they weren’t talented enough to deliver the good. Got it.

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    All this tells me is that you have no concept of the legendary teams in NFL history.

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    Chad Pennington looked good for a short time too and beat Brady to win the division in 2002. However, he hurt his shoulder and was never the same despite an OK career. That doesn’t make him an all time great. Accomplishments matter.

  57. bullcharger says:
    November 1, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Chad Pennington looked good for a short time too and beat Brady to win the division in 2002. However, he hurt his shoulder and was never the same despite an OK career. That doesn’t make him an all time great. Accomplishments matter.

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    My OP on Jones was that after Montana, Bert Jones and Rodgers were the two best quarterbacks I have ever seen at hitting their receivers in stride. But since you’re comparing Pennington to Bert. Let me give you a few quotes from Jones contemporaries to help understand why Pennington doesn’t belong in this discussion.

    Bill Belichick (on Colts staff when Jones played) – On the eve of Super Bowl XLII, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, in discussing his choices for the greatest quarterbacks of all time, described Jones as the best “pure passer” he had ever seen.

    John Riggins – Quoted as saying Jones was the toughest competitor he has ever witnessed.

    Ernie Accorsi – “If Bert Jones had played under different circumstances, he probably would have been the greatest player ever.”

  58. aj66shanghai says:
    November 1, 2018 at 5:13 am
    “During the span of Brady’s career, the Dolphins Bills and Jets have combined for a single playoff win every 4 years. 3 teams, one playoff win as often as we elect US presidents. They are undeniably terrible. Just, stop”

    You do realize that in order to win in the playoffs you have to make the playoffs, which hasn’t been exactly easy to do with Tom Brady and the Pats in the division. When they do make the playoffs, they are usually on the road and an underdog. This suggests a playoff win every four years is actually quite impressive! The one time the past 16 years the Pats didn’t win the division was in 2008, when Brady was injured in week 1. Says a lot about Tom Brady.

  59. 2 things I’m sure of. 1. Bill was sincere in his praise of Rodgers, and Michael’s promo WILL increase viewership for this game. It WILL be a must see game.

    BUT this issue of who is the GOAT is not even open for discussion. 5 rings vs 1. 45 4th quarter comebacks vs 19. 8 superbowl appearences vs 1, and the list goes on to include doing more with less for most of his career. (1 all pro WR, Moss, for 2 years) That’s 2 years out of 18.

    As for the AFCE excuse, the facts don’t match the contention. The Pats actually have a SLIGHTLY better winning percentage vs the rest of the league, than they do within the division. So why don’t we just forget that old canard and stick to reality for a change.

    The Pats have amazingly and consistently been a championship contender since 2001. Even the 2 years in that stretch they DIN’T make the playoffs they had winning records (9-7,11-5). No team even comes close to that kind of consistency.

    That is a stunning achievement ESPECIALLY when you consider that period their average position in each round is 26th. During that time they have had one pick at 10 and one at 17. The rest have been in the 20’s and 30’s. But just look at their current OL, one of the better units in the NFL, not a single one was picked before the 3rd round. Their C was an UDFA.

    As a long time Pats fan we have long asked the ultimate unanswerable question. Bellichick or Brady? I’ve gone back and forth on this for a long time until I realized the answer is easy. It’s Bellichick AND Brady.

    Just like Montana was the perfect QB to execute what Bill Walsh envisioned. Brady has been the perfect QB to execute what BB has envisioned It’s just that Brady has done it longer and better than Montana, and that’s not a slight on Joe.

    Part of being the GOAT is the ability to ELEVATE those around you. Wilt Chamberlain was unquestionably the best basketball player of his era if not history. However if you were on the playground with the first pick, you’d be smart to pick Bill Russell, because he will ELEVATE those around him.

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