Regular season game ten at Minnesota: Rodgers buries Favre once and for all « Ol' Bag of Donuts

Regular season game ten at Minnesota: Rodgers buries Favre once and for all

Change is coming/Now is my time – Forty six and 2, Tool

The talking heads – the analysts, the “insiders” – at ESPN won’t like hearing this. The folks at Fox Sports won’t, either. And the guys on the NFL Network, well, they’re really going to hate this. But it must be said.

His name is not Brett Favre. His name is Aaron Rodgers.

And he is the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.

If there were any doubts left regarding Rodgers still being in Favre’s shadow, he buried them once and for all Sunday in Green Bay’s 31-3 thrashing of the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field. The Packers now stand at 7-3, winners of four in a row, with the quarterback leading the way in this one.

That’s right, guys. You can go ahead and stop comparing Rodgers to the man who held his position previously. You don’t need to put up any more comparisons through x amount of games. When he makes plays, you no longer need to talk endlessly about how similar he looked to Favre on those plays.

I know, I know – that’s going to be difficult for you. After all, mentioning Favre as much as possible is good for business. And, clearly, you’re all clamoring for a piece of the post-retirement Favre pie like 12-year old girls clamor for Justin Bieber tickets. But fear not, gang, I’m here with a solution for you.

Talk about Rodgers. Should be easy to do when he turns in performances like this.

After a rough and rusty first 15 minutes, Rodgers was absolutely masterful over the final three quarters. He finished 22-of-31 for 301 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions (that last stat alone should garner him exception from Favre comparisons, but I digress).

Talk about the beautiful throws he made, balls perfectly dropped into the hands of Greg Jennings and James Jones – balls that, frankly, couldn’t have been stopped, no matter how good the coverage was. Rodgers made throws Sunday that 90 percent of the quarterbacks in the league simply could not make. The touch and velocity was otherwordly.

Talk about the chemistry he has with that group, how completely in-synch they are at times. On the first touchdown throw to Jennings (three on the day for No. 85), Rodgers bought time and signaled to Jennings where he needed to be. Jennings instinctively knew where to go and got there for the score. That wasn’t happening earlier in the year. Now it is. That’d be good to discuss a little bit.

Speaking of buying time, you really should talk about his athleticism. It was on display throughout this one. Countless times, Rodgers used his feet to escape pressure and get to an easier spot to throw from. And, oh yeah, his three scrambles for 21 yards weren’t bad, either, Rodgers showing speed and some nifty moves.

Talk about his attitude and his love for the game (yes, there are players other than Favre who love football). He’s smiling much, much more now than he was six weeks ago. Clearly, he was feeling the pressure of the lofty expectations we placed on this team before. Now, he’s not feeling the need to be perfect on every play. In tune, his play has become much better.

You need to talk about these things instead of constantly comparing Rodgers to Favre because, well, there is no comparison at this point. Rodgers has surpassed Favre in every area of the game, including the ones I just discussed. It’s unfair to compare an ascending star to a descending hack, whether said hack fattens your bank account or not. So, again, I urge you to talk about Rodgers.

It might be hard at first. Believe me, I know. I spent 15 years doing what you continue to do now. But I was able to break the habit. I know you can, too. And when you finally do it – when you finally begin to enjoy Aaron Rodgers on his own terms, as his own player – you’ll see what we’ve been seeing for quite some time.

The kid is pretty special.

-Chris Lempesis

8 comments to Regular season game ten at Minnesota: Rodgers buries Favre once and for all

  • djbonney138

    Amen brother!

  • gbpf127

    When you say Aaron Rodgers …. you’ve said it all!

  • The Kid is VERY special. I’ve said it many times. Special, indeed. :)

  • Lumpy Gravy

    Job well done here. Rodgers had already (in my opinion) come into his own over the last two seasons, historically good (perhaps the best taken together) for a quarterback in his first two years as the full-time starter, statistically speaking, at least. But the way he has picked up his performance the past two weeks is indicative of the fact that he is his own harshest critic, and he sets standards for himself higher than anyone else.

    It’s really beyond obnoxious how unabashedly ESPN pushes Favre news over so many more worthy topics of discussion. I do think Kevin Seifert actually does a pretty damn good job on his NFC North blog of bringing good material to the table consistently, Favre-related or not. But Dilfer, Schlereth, Wiley, Mortensen, and (ugh) Werder? 4-get about it (get it?).

    Lastly, I had to chuckle at this: “… balls perfectly dropped into the hands of Greg Jennings and James Jones – balls that, frankly, couldn’t have been stopped….”

    Again, I find that this is as good an argument for talking heads to discuss Rodgers as his own player as any I’ve read.

  • Mark

    He did have a few balls yesterday though at the beginning where I was like what!!! But he settled in after the defense made some plays. I think he feeds off the defense.

  • Nate

    Excellent post, points well made. Upon hearing the Talking Heads, you could be led to believe the game of football never existed before Favre and will likely vanish once he really retires. Perhaps hearing that his whole career (we’re to blame, too!) is partly where he gets his entitled “I give the team the best chance to win” attitude. I digress…

    Please, let’s talk about Rodgers as his own player and his own man. Let’s talk about defensive coaching shift last season and how a change in coaching, not players, have turned the defense around. Lets talk about two undrafted rookies (or was that three yesterday?) playing solid football and making meaningful contributions to the team. Lets talk about the Williams (Willaims?!?) on OUR team.

  • Nick

    Eh. The Favre comparisons are valid. They mean almost nothing but they are kind of entertaining.

    For the record – most Packer fans I talked to supported choosing Rodgers over Favre in 2008. Even though the team finished 6-10 most of us embraced the man especially as the offense seemed to be almost as good as it was in ‘07. I don’t know of any Packer fans who wanted us to go with Favre, even in 2009 when he was playing out of his mind.

    I’m curious to see how far Rodgers can go. It appears he still needs work on figuring out how to get on the same page as his recievers. Too many balls (especially during the Viking games) that were just thrown into no man’s land. And yet he is undoubtably a major talent. Let’s not forget how incredible Favre was for about five years, coinciding with his Super Bowl win (and loss) and 3 MVP awards, not to mention ‘07 and yes, even ‘09. I really do not like the guy but Favre is (was?) still an all-time great and it’s really shortsighted to say that our new QB is better. If Rodgers can really go all the way and win a Super Bowl or an MVP in the next five years it might be the best combo of back-to-back franchise QB’s since you-know-who. And we can embrace him the same way (at least until he decides to join the Bears in 2025)

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