Your Choice: Rodgers or Rivers?

Dave TrembleyCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2009

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 06:  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers looks for a receiver against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Rodgers Or Rivers?


Let me be perfectly clear about one thing: there are no stats in this blog. Not one. Zip.  And when I say no stats, I mean no stats. Passing yards? Touchdowns? Game winning drives? Overall record? Road wins? Home wins? Third-down completions? QB rating? Forget it. If you want to garden the stats-quatch patch, buy a seed catalogue.

And having thrown out that gauntlet, let me say something else: Aaron Rodgers or Phillip Rivers? I say Rivers. I want Rivers over Rodgers. I want Rivers if I am a GM of say, a new expansion team, because of his fierceness and his tenacious desire to win.

It’s too bad you can’t bottle that sideline look of Rivers, that determination at the line of scrimmage. Who can top that? Further, I want Rivers because he can hit those big guys like Vincent Jackson or Malcolm Floyd sixty yards down field with three guys draped all over them just like threading a needle.

Not only that, Rivers is more accurate. In a previous life, I now believe Rivers was a marksman, one of those guys who could light a wooden match with a .22 calibre rifle from a half mile away.

I believe that Aaron Rodgers delivered ice in a previous life, the kind of delivery that was done with a horse and buggy and those huge iron tongs. That's what made him so tough.

Don't get me wrong. I like Aaron Rodgers.  But, hey. Would you rather have toughness or relentless determination?

And something else, I want Rivers because he is less prone to making mistakes. When Rodgers has a bad game, he really has a bad game. I saw Jared Allen, who is just one guy, hurtle Rodgers into the turf seven times this year. And Rodgers was wincing. His face was scrunched up. But when Rivers has a bad game, somehow the Chargers are still in it.

And Rodgers has more bad games than Rivers.


I just feel that that is true. Which is proof enough for me.

Rodgers holds the ball longer than Rivers. When Rivers sees a play heading south to Tijuana, he just spikes the ball into the ground but outside the hashmarks so he doesn’t get called for intentional grounding. Rodgers is getting better at getting rid of the ball faster, but still, for a while this year, he looked a bit like a statue.

And here is something else: with the game tied 10-10 in the fourth quarter on the road, say like in a place such as Dallas, who would you rather have lead your team down the field to victory? (Think last Sunday.)

And again: Rivers is probably older than Rodgers (remember our no stats rule), but he is still fairly young, and with age comes a certain amount of wisdom. Therefore, well you know where I am going with this.

One more thing, Rivers was drafted higher than Rodgers.

So, what more do you want? Stats? No way, Jose.

I say I would take Phillip Rivers over Aaron Rodgers any day.

Who wouldn’t?


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