05 October 2011

Is Brett Favre Right About Aaron Rodgers?

Brett Favre is generating a little bit of ESPN controversy (which is a controversy that is generated solely by ESPN) with his recent comments about Aaron Rodgers and the recent success of his former club, the Green Bay Packers. He made a bunch of positive comments and also one that some are considering a dig. Let's break it down.
Here are his comments to 790 The Zone in Atlanta. He starts off if he was surprised or not that Rodgers found success so quickly and winning the Super Bowl.
"I'm going to be honest, I was not surprised. The biggest surprise to me would be that he didn't do it sooner. My last year in Green Bay prior to the first game, I made the remark that this was probably the most talented team that I've ever played on. And of course everyone looked up and was like, 'This guy's off his rocker.'
"We were very, very young; take me out of the mix and we were by far the youngest team in the league. But I could see the talent pool across the board was outstanding. Now our season kind of ended up being a reflection of that. We came close, and I think we took a lot of people by surprise, but guys emerged rather quickly. Aaron had a chance…even though the last couple years it's seemed like he's almost a rookie, he's been around awhile. And I'd like to think that he watched, he learned, and then when he got a chance to play, he brought in his ability which is obviously very good or they wouldn't have drafted him in the first round. He's got tremendous talent, he's very bright and he got a chance to watch and see successful teams do it right.
"And so, he just kind of fell into a good situation. On top of that, he's a good player. I don't think there's any pressure on him now, the talent around him is even better than when I was there. So I'm really kind of surprised it took him so long. In the early part of last year season, it hadn't quite clicked yet and I didn't know it would. I just kind of figured when they hit their stride, they're going to be hard to beat. And that's what happened."
What ESPN is trying to generate a controversy of is the first sentence of the third paragraph "he just kind of fell into a good situation." But let's be frank, Rodgers did get lucky and fall into a good situation. He of course is a prodigious talent with all the skills you want out of a quarterback. But that talent could've been wasted had been drafted by San Francisco or Cleveland in 2005. He got blessed with a talented receiving unit and a tremendous quarterbacks coach. In fact you know who also blessed with the same things...Brett Favre.
Do I think Favre was making a dig at Rodgers? No, he was just making a good point.

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