Saints vs. Packers: Is Aaron Rodgers Better Than Drew Brees?

Cian FaheyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 26: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers gets tackled by Pat Angerer #51 of the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 26, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Deciding who is the better quarterback between Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers is like nitpicking between which lottery is the best to win.

Brees and Rodgers are undoubtedly elite quarterbacks in my mind and it is very difficult to determine who is the better player.

So far as longevity and over a full career, Brees definitely has the resumé and is the choice ahead of Rodgers. However, coming off a Super Bowl season in which he dominated the playoffs, Aaron Rodgers is definitely the hotter commodity right now.

If I was to choose one of these players to build a franchise around, it would probably be Rodgers, and that is what ultimately makes him a better quarterback...slightly.

The fact is, Drew Brees is not done.

Brees has thrown for at least 24 touchdown passes in his last seven seasons, while going over 30 in each of his last three. As far as statistics go, Brees has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league over the past seven years and peaked during the Saints' Super Bowl season of 2009.

In 2008, he almost broke Dan Marino's passing yards in a single season record, but fell just short with 5,069 yards. Brees has been under center for much longer than Rodgers, but is still only 32 years of age and has shown no signs of slowing down.

Statistically, he has been the most accurate passer in the league over the past four years, since he repeatedly elevates towards 70 percent and even eclipsed that mark in 2009.

However, for my money, Aaron Rodgers is actually a more accurate passer.

Rodgers may not have completed as many passes as Brees over the years, but that does not truly reflect who is the more accurate passer.

Statistics do not take the difficulty of the pass attempt or the placement of the ball into account. Neither does it discount drops by receivers. Ball placement is a huge part of the two players' performances as you must go into such detail when splitting hairs like this.

Rodgers throws a perfect spiral, as does Brees. However, Rodgers puts the ball in better places for his receivers to run with the ball after the catch.

The fact is, Rodgers has a much lower completion percentage than Brees has had over the years, but his quarterback rating has been consistently better over the past three seasons since he became a starter.

The biggest reason for this is that Rodgers throws very few interceptions compared to Brees. This is because of Rodgers' accuracy and his ability to throw on the run and escape pressure. While Brees mostly just shifts in the pocket, Rodgers can escape and avoid being forced to throw the ball out of time or when under pressure.

Rodgers' athletic ability allows him to step into all of his throws and allows his receivers to flourish. This is the difference that separates Brees and Rodgers, because outside of that, both are unbelievable quarterbacks that would start for 90 percent of the teams in the NFL.