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Aaron Rodgers – My New Favorite Player?

Pro Football Talk had a great snip of an interview Rodgers did with an ESPN Radio affiliate in Milwaukee. Essentially Rodgers ripped into Tony Kornheiser, Ron Jaworski & the Detroit Lions. Specifically about Kornheiser, Rodgers stated:

“You know who was better than Tony Kornheiser? Dennis Miller was ten times better,” Rodgers said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “Dennis Miller was a great comedian, but one of the worst Monday Night Football guys ever. And he was ten times better than Tony Kornheiser. His stuff was actually funny. Tony wasn’t funny at all. He did absolutely no research. We’d sit in those production meetings and he would add absolutely nothing to the conversation. I’d be like, ‘What are we doing here? This is stupid.'”

Rodgers praised Monday Night Football play-by-play man Mike Tirico as coming into production meetings thoroughly prepared. Kornheiser? Not so much.”

GOOD NIGHT! That’s an evisceration!

“You get in there with Tony and he’s asking you all these dumb questions that have no application to the game you are playing or anything you are doing,” Rodgers said. “He’s terrible. . . . I don’t think he’s funny. I don’t think he’s insightful. I don’t think knows, really, anything about sports.”

A couple of things here. The first is that Rodgers is right. Dennis Miller was better than Kornheiser. He’s also right with Tirico. Tirico is really good and I think getting better. I wasn’t sure how I was going to like him as much as Al Michaels, and I still like Michaels better, but Tirico is fast becoming one of the elite play-by-play guys there is if he’s not already there.

The other two things Rodgers is right about is that Kornheiser isn’t funny and he doesn’t know all that much about sports. If you ONLY watch Pardon the Interruption you might not know this because Kornheiser looks like a genius savant when in comparison to the never ending stupidity that comes out of Michael Wilbon’s mouth. In fact, Wilbon looks like Einstein when it comes to Michael Smith! I don’t know what the hiring procedures are for ESPN, but giving Michael Smith a big job covering the NFL is on the singular worst mistakes in NFL history. It’s worse than putting together that NFL Sunday Morning team which is about as bad as it gets.

In fact, if you like the NFL you CANNOT watch ESPN or you wind up hating it. It’s that simple. I have to watch either FOX, CBS or the NFL Network, but you cannot watch ESPN. You’ll start hating the NFL if you do.

One more thing about Rodgers. I effing love Brett Favre!!! By proxy it made me fond of the Packers (unless they were playing my Cowboys in which case I would wish Randy “THE MANSTER” White was back donning the #54 and trying to rip Favre’s arms out of their sockets!), but here is a little secret.

I think Rodgers already thinks he’s better than Favre. I also think Rodgers has a legit shot to win 2-3 Super Bowls and go down as the greatest Green Bay QB in history which is NUTS considering the trail Favre has blazed the last 20 years. Nobody would have thought that, but I think Rodgers believes it will happen. If you watched those interviews of the two games Rodgers played against the Vikings this past season, you almost get a sense that Rodgers feels he out played Favre in both and that Green Bay’s offense line broke down both times which caused the Packers to lose those games. Here are the stats for both players in those 2 contests:

Favre: 41/59, 515yards, 7TD/0INT, 0sacks, 135.9 QB Rating
Rodgers: 52/78, 671yards, 5TD/1INT, 14sacks, 109.5 QB Rating

On the surface it sure does seem like Favre played better and you can’t really argue it (although I think Rodgers feels differently) because the Vikings won both games. Then again, Rodgers got sacked 14 times in 2 games while Favre didn’t take a sack at all. Despite the O-Line providing hardly any protection for Rodgers, he still managed to put up a 109.5 QB rating, throw for almost 700 yards and come away with a 5:1 TD to INT ratio. I’m guessing you put up those stats against any other team in the NFL and probably don’t come away 0-2.

A guy with that kind of swagger coming out and taking shots at Kornheiser? Rodgers just joined Peyton Manning & Brett Favre as one of my most 3 favorite players in the game!

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June 8, 2010 - Posted by | Aaron Rodgers

2 Comments »

  1. Watched both Packer-Viking games last year. Favre was the better QB both days – not by a lot, but noticeably so. Part of the reason Aaron's stats were so good, were because he was coming from behind.

    When they were down at halftime at Lambeau, Rodgers had 37 yards passing and was 5/12(going by memory)and down 24-3. I told my friend I was watching it with that he would end up 300 yards. He came close too.

    Also the difference in the sacks is not all on the offensive line. Average time of getting rid of the ball in one of the games for Favre was 2.3 seconds to 2.8 seconds for Rodgers. Aaron held on to the ball too long early in the year.

    For the first year and a half that he played, my two criticisms of him were holding the ball too long and that he put up big numbers because they were coming from behind. End of the year, him and McCarthy did a much better job of playcalling.

    Comment by Carlos Alberto | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  2. Carlos,

    Good call on both accounts. I watched both games too and no doubt some of it was on Rodgers holding onto the ball, but aftewards the media just hammered GB's offensive line.

    Also watching the interviews afterwards, I thought the media again tried to get Rodgers to say how great a QB Favre was and how well he played. There is no question Favre played better. Significantly so, but what struck me was that Rodgers didn't really tell the media what they wanted to hear.

    Essentially it felt to me that Rodgers felt like he played just as good as Favre if not better. Maybe he didn't explicitly say so, but if you read between the lines it sure seemed like he was saying that. Maybe I'm reading into it?

    I agree with everything you said, but I think it's pretty cool that Rodgers is almost becoming surly.

    I think he wins at least 2 Super Bowls in Green Bay.

    Comment by College Football Mafia | June 9, 2010 | Reply


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