By Derek Lofland.
As I promised when the season was done, I have gone back and taken a look at how this trade worked for both teams and will compare the two quarterbacks. I’m going to do this in a way that most people haven’t thought of looking at it.
Most people are comparing 2008 Favre to 2008 Rodgers and trying to draw comparisons between the two. They are trying to figure out if you put Favre on this year’s Packers roster how many more or less games they would have won. That is understandable.
However, Favre is a 39-year-old quarterback in the twilight of a Hall-of-Fame career. Rodgers is a 24-year-old quarterback playing in his fourth NFL season and his first year as a starter.
A better way to compare these two is to take a look at 1992 Brett Favre and compare him to 2008 Aaron Rodgers. Back in 1992, Brett Favre was a 23-year-old player that nobody knew. Most people couldn’t pronounce his name.
Here is how the 2008 Aaron Rodgers compares with the 1992 Brett Favre on a per-game basis. For fairness, I removed Favre’s number against Tampa Bay, when he threw 14 passes in a 31-3 blowout by Tampa Bay mopping up for an ineffective Don Majikowski.
1992 Favre - 21 completions, 33 attempts, 63.6 comp %, 225 yards, 1.3 touchdowns, and a QB rating of 86.6. He threw on interception every 38.1 attempts.
2008 Rodgers - 21 completions, 34 attempts, 63.6 comp %, 252 yards, 1.8 touchdowns, and a QB rating of 93.8. He threw on interception every 41.2 attempts.
Even looking at the numbers that way, statistically the edge still goes to Rodgers. Remember that the 1992 rules were a little less friendly toward protecting the receiver, but comparable to what we have today.
Favre ranked second in completions, fifth in attempts, ninth in passing yards, eighth in passing touchdowns, and sixth in QB rating in only 13 starts. That is why he became the youngest QB at the time to ever be selected to a Pro Bowl.
Even though Rodgers has slightly better numbers, he also started three more games. His per-game numbers are slightly better than Favre’s. Rodgers is seventh in completions, sixth in attempts, fourth in passing yards, fourth in touchdown passes, and sixth in QB rating. Rodgers did not make the Pro Bowl this year, mainly because he played on a 6-10 team.
There have been a number of things that Rodgers has done better in his first year starting and there are a number of things that were more impressive about Rodgers. Here’s my list. We’ll start with Favre.
1) Worse team - Let’s face it. As bad as the 2008 Packers played this year, there is a lot more talent on the roster. The 1991 Packers were awful. They went 4-12 that season. They ranked 22nd in scoring offense and 24th in yards gained. They were 18th in points allowed and 10th in yards allowed.
The immortal Darryl Thompson led the team in rushing with 471 yards rushing. Vince Workman was a serviceable weapon with seven rushing touchdowns. Sterling Sharpe was the only true superstar they had. With bad QB play he had 69 catches for 961 yards and four touchdowns.
There was some other talent on that team. LeRoy Butler was a rookie safety and would go on to be named to the All-'90s Team. Jackie Harris was...