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Aaron Rodgers Criticized Too Much?

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers signals a play against the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter of the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Anthony BonnetCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2010

I see many people on multiple comments on bleacherreport, and other websites, of people griping and complaining that if Favre was still with us, he would have led us to the Super Bowl.

Just to inform everyone, Favre is getting old. He is 40. And behind that horrid O-line, he would have been done for the season before the bye week. 

Aaron Rodgers seems to be getting more criticism than love for his play by fans of football. He passed for 422 yards and four touchdowns, with one interception. He kept on bringing the Packers back as he was doing a shoot-out with one of the best wide receivers in the league and a future hall-of-fame quarterback in Kurt Warner

Looking up statistics, which do not lie, you will see that Rodgers did better in his second year than any other current elite QB in the league. Let's take a look at them.

 

  • Rodgers' Second Year 30TD, 7INT, 4.4k passing yards, 103 passer rating.
  • Favre's Second Year 19TD, 24INT, 3.3k passing yards, 72 passer rating.
  • Brady's Second Year 28TD, 14INT, 3.8k passing yards, 85.7 passer rating.
  • Manning's Second Year 26TD, 15INT, 4.1k passing yards, 90.7 passer rating.
  • Roethlisberger's Second Year 17TD, 9INT, 2.4k passing yards, 98.6 passer rating. 
  • Brees' Second Year 11TD, 15INT, 2.1k passing yards, 67.5 passer rating. 
  • Warner's Second Year 21TD, 18INT, 3.4k passing yards, 98.3 passer rating. 
  • Rivers' Second Year 21TD, 15INT, 3.2k passing yards, 82.4 passer rating.

...And all of these quarterbacks have gotten better with time. Rodgers has been leaps and bounds better than last season, and he will only get better. He may not get 50 TD passes in a season like Brady, or get 4 MVP trophies like Manning (Which Rodgers should have been up for behind the NFL's worst O-line), but he could be considered as one of the most consistent, most agile, and most competent QB's in NFL history when it's all said and done if he continues to go at the pace he is going at.

Keep comparing him to Favre all you want, but by the end of Rodgers' career, barring a horrible injury, Rodgers will be considered one of the best QB's in history of the NFL. He can't win? Give him time. He'll get better. He'll be pulling off wins against some of the NFL's best, and he will make the Packers relevant for the 10's decade.

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