He’s the best.
Hands down. No doubt. Bar none. Without question.
Absolutely the best quarterback the eyes behind these words has seen. Better than Brady. Better than Manning. Better than Montana. Better than Marino. Better than Elway.
When it comes to talent, style, production, efficiency and individual brilliance, Aaron Rodgers – for me – has no peer. Really, he never has.
While trending upward with the masses’ take on greatest ever of late, his name is becoming a bit more commonplace. About damn time …
The guy, when placed on center stage, has been exceptional. That dates all the way back to 2003-04, when he starred at California, and since 2008 he’s been as good as it gets every year in the NFL. Aside from an injury-shortened 2013, Rodgers has been a legit MVP candidate each season.
Right now, it’s almost comical what he is doing.
In the last eight games, he’s thrown for 2,380 yards, 22 touchdowns and 0 interceptions while completing 68.7 percent of his passes and averaging 8.5 yards per attempt. Last Sunday’s 362-yard, four-TD effort in an opening-round playoff win against the Giants being the latest in his recent tour de force.
Perhaps more telling is that his Packers have rattled off seven straight wins in the process to erase a potentially disastrous 4-6 start to the season and set up a date this weekend in Dallas that has some thinking Green Bay actually can knock off the NFC’s best team.
Rodgers’ game is one that has to be witnessed in order to be truly appreciated. His numbers, at least the career ones, likely will never reach the stratosphere that houses the likes of Brady, Marino, Manning, Favre and my personal fave Brees.
But his play routinely surpasses what they do, or did. Not when you combine everything a quarterback can control on his own, athletically or intellectually.
Outside of Elway, he runs better than all of the aforementioned. He throws better than all of the aforementioned with no exception.
Regardless of what happens against the Cowboys, that won’t change.
Not until someone else comes along to prove otherwise