Rodgers or Favre

                                                               Who’s the Better Quarterback?

                                                                           Favre or Rodgers 

They’re arguably two of the greatest football players of all-time, one being a maverick Gunslinger that held many records in the NFL for a few years. The other, a former pupil that has managed to forge his own uniquely impressive career. Both Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre have brought many joyous moments to the Green Bay Packers in the past 25 years, but which one of them is better? Favre may be my favorite player, but is he truly better than Rodgers? What are you looking for in an NFL QB? Do you want the risk taker or the more efficient player that makes better decisions most of the time? The following are my opinions on the ups and downs of both players, and I ask that anyone who reads this and is angered by my thoughts to accept the fact that these are OPINIONS, and not facts, let’s get started.

The most pressing thing to look at first is the ratings of both Favre and Rodgers, Favre may be a Hall of Famer, but his rating is only 86.0 and he holds the record for most interceptions in NFL history, (336). Rodgers on the other hand has been in the NFL for 13 years and only has 72 interceptions versus 297 touchdown passes. Giving Rodgers a 104.1 career QB rating, making him the highest rated QB in NFL History, as well as the only QB to have a rating of 100.0 or more. Favre was best known for taking chances that sometimes worked out, and other times, not so much. He had a lot of confidence in his arm, and sometimes there’d be costly mistakes on his part from taking chances. In 2010, Favre led the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game against the Saints and threw a costly pick when he should’ve tried to scramble on a crucial play that ended up costing the Vikings the game. Now while Rodgers hasn’t had much luck in the past two NFC title games that he’s been a part of, he most likely would’ve taken the open lane and run for it.

Another trait of Rodgers that Favre didn’t show off as much of in his career is his ability to scramble and extend plays. If you could get pressure on Favre he’d be more liable to throw costly turnovers, Rodgers on the other hand can be just as dangerous on the run as he is in a clean pocket. Rodgers has made hundreds of great throws while on the run and usually those occur in the redzone and go for touchdowns as well. Also, he’s great at going for a run if he can’t find a receiver and instead finds a running lane to exploit. Rodgers has 25 rushing scores and 2544 rushing yards in his career, he even ran for a career high 369 yards in 2016. Favre, while a creative playmaker in his earlier days only has 1844 rushing yards and 14 rushing scores in his career.

However, Favre does have a few elements of his game that Rodgers isn’t very prolific at, Favre started 321 games in a row in his career, (Including the Playoffs) Rodgers has missed several games in his career during 2013 when he broke his collarbone. Favre never missed a game from 1992 to December 5th, 2010 but that ended when the Vikings played the New York Giants the following week. Favre has played through several painful injuries, including, A Separated Shoulder, Broken Thumb, and has suffered several concussions throughout his career. To be fair Rodgers has played through pain too, like a slightly torn calf muscle in 2014, and he managed to play well the final two weeks of the season. He also separated his shoulder back in 2008, (His First Year as a starter) and managed to beat Seattle on the road that year after suffering the injury. In 2016 He suffered another calf injury during a week 12 game in Philadelphia, which sparked the 6 game winning streak to end the season and got Green Bay into the playoffs. But still, Favre is the epitome of playing with pain so one of two points will go to Favre as I partake in my second point for Favre.

Who would you want at QB when the game is on the line, Favre or Rodgers? Favre has pulled off 30 game winning come backs in his career. While Rodgers is a great player in his own right, he only has 10 comebacks to his name, meaning that Favre has saved the day three times as much in the clutch compared to Rodgers. In fact, Favre’s first NFL win was a result of a game winning 35 yard touchdown pass to Kitrick Taylor that sparked his legendary career in Green Bay. So both Favre and Rodgers are tied in terms of things one can do better than the other, can Rodgers somehow break the tie? Let’s look at or final category and find out!

The final aspect I want to look at is whether or not one of these fine players were able to generate championships in their time as starters for the Green and Gold. In that case, both Rodgers and Favre are tied in that aspect as well. Favre may have gone to two straight Super Bowls back to back, but he only won one title. Rodgers has only won one title too, and he also won the MVP award in Super Bowl XLV, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25. Favre beat the Patriots in 1997 35-21, but lost to Denver the following year 31-24. Rodgers may still be undefeated in the big game, but so far he’s only been to a Super Bowl once, despite having several chances to make it back since the 2010 season, as has Favre. So it all really comes down to who you’d prefer to have as your signal caller. Rodgers is only 33, so he does have some time to win a second Lombardi Trophy before he hangs’em up. Favre will have to relish the one ring he has and all the other accomplishments he has made over the course of his career. I may think Rodgers is the better player statistically, but at the end of the day, both players are the same in terms of bringing joy to Packer fans everywhere. It’s just that Rodgers is more safe with his ball handling than Favre’s, but it doesn’t matter who’s your guy under center, as long as he can make more good plays than bad, then have fun watching your hero play.


Packers Draft Needs and Preview

                                                    The Packers’ 2017 Draft Needs

Last season was one to remember for sure, Green Bay entered week 12 with 4 wins and 6 losses, only to go on a magical run that ended in the NFC Title game in Atlanta. As Green Bay gets ready to reload for this season, there are a few pressing needs in the draft that need to be addressed if they are to have a repeat performance or go further in the 2017-18 season. There are a few aspects of the current roster that present problems that need to be addressed.

As the season ended, SI Writer Chris Burke mentioned that Green Bay would be up for the 29th pick of the draft, and they should look for an edge rusher. Star Linebacker Clay Matthews was out with injuries throughout the bulk of last season and the Pack, (“Owes him over $26 million for the next two seasons,” Burke, p. 1) Matthews only managed 5 sacks in 12 games this season, so Green Bay may be taking a risk on him if they hope for a bounce back 2017 season.

Furthermore, Nick Perry and the aging veteran Julius Peppers became free agents as well as Datone Jones who alternates between DE and OLB, only contribute more to the problems that plague the pass rush. Especially when you consider the fact that Jones is looking to play elsewhere and Peppers has signed a contract with the Carolina Panthers. Peppers came to Green Bay in 2014 from Chicago and has enjoyed three playoff appearances as a result. Since 2014, Peppers has had 25 sacks, 2 interceptions, and over 100 tackles, but there’s no telling how age will affect his production at 37. But the Panthers will find that out for themselves this year, and the Panthers will host the Packers at an undetermined date.

One possibility for the Pack, is to draft T.J. Watt from Wisconsin to try and fill the void at Linebacker, the Younger brother of Houston Texans’ star J.J. Watt just might be able to help Green Bay become dangerous again. Plus, Watt won’t have to move very far if he is drafted by the Green and Gold.

The Packers have also parted ways with DBs Sam Shields and Micah Hyde, losing two veterans in the secondary may do more harm than good. Dumping Shields makes some sense because he’s been constantly sidelined with concussions the past few seasons. But getting rid of Hyde might be the point where these moves on the defense are poor. The Packers were one of the worse teams in the league defending the pass, giving up 269.2 passing yards a game ranking 30th in the league. So getting rid of these players aren’t the best choices. The Packers were more competent at stopping the run, ranking 8th in that category, giving up only 94.7 yards on ground per game. This puts the Packers at the 22nd best defense in the league, leaving a lot to be desired and a lot of room for improvement.

The second most pressing need for the Packers is on the offensive side of the ball, the running game took a huge hit last year with Eddie Lacy being out for most of the season due to injury. This forced second year wideout Ty Montgomery to take over as the running back. Montgomery’s best game was against Chicago in week 15 when he ran for 162 yards and 2 tds in a 30-27 win at Soldier Field. As for Lacy, he is currently in the free agent market having finished a promising meeting with the Vikings. The Packers have been rumored to go after Adrian Peterson, but the former Vikings RB seems more interested in other teams as opposed to the Green and Gold. Forcing the Packers to think outside the box for what they want in the running game. Montgomery is a solid back, but unlike Lacy, Montgomery doesn’t have the power to plow through defenders like Lacy. He does possess agility so Green Bay’s going to need a strong O-Line to plow the lanes out for Montgomery.

Another possible need in the draft is a TE, Jared Cook is no longer in Green Bay, but the team has signed Lance Kendricks and Martellus Bennett. The Packers will have new version of their offensive game for the 2017, with 3 Tight Ends on the roster, this isn’t as much of a pressing need for the Packers, but these moves have been a bit unpredictable so there’s no telling what the Packers may do for the remainder of the offseason.

The Packers have high hopes for this season after falling one game short of the Super Bowl the previous season for the second time in the past 3 seasons. Getting rid of Lacy, Cook, Shields, and Hyde seem like foolish moves, but we’ll just have to wait until the season starts to know for sure if these moves were truly worth it.