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Driver prefers 'patient' Rodgers to Favre

Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:09 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre debate, for some reason, is gaining steam right now. Perhaps it has to do with all the "undefeated season" and "unprecedented quarterback play" talk about Rodgers right now.

Or perhaps it has to do with Donald Driver's comments on Wednesday night, in which he compared the two quarterbacks.

"I've played with two quarterbacks," Driver said Wednesday on the NFL Network, via USA Today. "One just went out there and did what he did, and he wasn't patient at all. But Aaron takes what the defense gives him, and that's the type of guy you want."

It's worth noting that what Driver said isn't an "Aaron Rodgers is amazing and soooo much better than Brett Favre comment." But it is an astute observation about how the two handle their job -- Rodgers is more patient and less prone to throwing interceptions. (As was Greg Jennings comment that "we didn't go all the way with Brett.")

By the end of this season, should the Packers go undefeated and win a second straight Super Bowl, it may be pointless to debate between Favre and Rodgers anyway.

But maybe not -- Tom Silverstein has an excellent piece in Thursday's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel where he reminds the world that Favre wasn't exactly a bad quarterback when he played. That sounds silly, but it's worth noting, because oftentimes the greatness of Favre is lost on the world because of the way he left the sport.

It's easy and, really, part of human nature, to have later memories clot out earlier ones. When many folks think of Favre, they think of a helicopter trailing his SUV as he returned from Hattiesburg to play for the Vikings. Or they think of purple. Or Crocs.

They don't think, as Silverstein notes, of the 16-game stretch in 1995 and 1996 (two of his three consecutive MVP years) where he threw a ridiculous 49 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.

Favre was so good, he qualified for the rare "Do not bet against [athlete] on [primetime sports event]" category. Like Michael Jordan any time he stepped on the court, if you bet against Favre on Monday night, you were losing money. It's easy to forget that now, but Favre was amazing.

So maybe it's even more of a reason to throughly enjoy what Rodgers is doing right now.

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Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 5:17 pm

Driver prefers 'patient' Rodgers to Favre

Kaboom... LMAO!!! I can't in all honesty say that you aren't a funny guy. That is comedy. Your name being the same as one of the worst types of pizza you can order is kinda funny to. Papa Johns makes a horrible pie. just sayn. lol

Don't think for one minute you had any FACTS to offer, so you "won" nothing. Oh and this isn't a competition so kudos to idiots who think they are on some sports talk debate team lmao!!!

Rodgers is not doing anything that Favre hasn't already done. PERIOD.

Someone brings up the fact that Favre when throwing across his body and his back shoulder/hip shoulder throws the announcers would oooooh and aaaaah, and you get all factual about interceptions.

Anyone who watched NFL and Bret Favre knows most of his INT's were off his hail marry passes. He held nothing back. He let it all hang out. His short pass game was spot on. He threw more hail marry passes than almost anyone short of Warren Moon lol.

Am I going to dig up stats to debate with you papajohn? Nope. I wouldn't waste my time because you are one of those people who can't be debated with. If you don't get the response you want, you bring up another issue to try and prove yourself correct. Sometimes beating around the bush, or taking the scenic rout still doesn't prove shit but you are afraid to face thing head on.

Favre threw plenty of those passes, and did it every bit as well as Rodgers. PERIOD. Also... I see alot of Favre style play from Aaron Rodgers, especially in bootleg and scrambling situations when the pocket collapses... You can see that sitting back and watching Favre perform has greatly benefitted Rodgers althought I am sure it will take awhile for him to mature enough to admit that fact.

Either way, Clay Matthews is the reason I enjoy watching Green Bay play. I truly like what he does defensively, its pretty sweet to watch him perform.

Since: Oct 1, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:07 pm

Driver prefers 'patient' Rodgers to Favre

I think Rodgers has added years on to both Jennings and Driver's career.  Favre was a great QB and had one of the best 3 or 4 years stretches in NFL history, but he was also a gun slinger.  He had no problem hanging a receiver out to dry over the middle.  I completely agree with Driver on Rodgers being more patient.  Does anyone else remember 4th and 26 game or the NFC Championship game against the giants?   

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 8:15 pm

Driver prefers 'patient' Rodgers to Favre

Driver = the ultimate sellout.  Rodgers is a very good quarterback playing at the top of his game, but he has a looooooong ways to go to equal or surpass the career of Favre.  Driver, on the other hand, will be a mediocre receiver in the grand scheme of things.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:31 pm

Driver prefers 'patient' Rodgers to Favre

Dear Sportswriters,

Stop trolling, find something else to report.  Both of these QBs are great, different times, different places.  blah blah blah.

Thanks again! 

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:23 pm

Driver prefers 'patient' Rodgers to Favre

I've said before that what's going on in GB is very similar to Montana/Young that you mentioned. Perhaps we're venting over all the lost potential of what Favre's career might have produced and perhaps Driver is begining to look back as his career comes to a close and see what might have been as well. I'm wondering if this is Driver's last cattle drive, and we're only responding to Driver's statement. Favre is a first ballot Hall of Famer, same with Brady, probably Brees, who knows? There will always be the next 'big star' who redefines what he does. heck, I'm going to open a whole new can of worms and then sit back and laugh at the responses.

Tim Tebow, ok, he isn't redefining the quarterback position because all the pundits have said he isn't an NFL quarterback. So I guess we have a new position on the field; the T-Back, and no one is a better T-Back than Tebow. He can't make throws so he just stands behind the center, takes the snap and, what did Al Davis used to say? "Just win baby!" So there you have it, Tebow is the new T-Back. Just win, baby!

Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:13 pm

Driver prefers 'patient' Rodgers to Favre

Cant we stop comparing 2 great QBs in 2 completely different eras?? Packer fans should be so lucky they went from Favre to Rodgers without missing a beat... Its like Montana to Young... not many teams have that between Franchise QBs... usuall takes a few shitty season until u find that great replacement.. Its ok when Green Bay retires his number in a year or 2, this will all be a thing in the past and Packer fans will remember the Favre that won Green Bays first superbowl since 1968

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:42 pm

Driver prefers 'patient' Rodgers to Favre

next up? PackCrewBadger.

Did you watch Favre in his prime?  He was known for having super-human control on the back shoulder hip/shoulder throws
Which NFL quarterback holds the record for most career interceptions thrown?

Through the 2010 season:

1) Brett Favre - 336
2) George Blanda - 277
3) John Hadl - 268

Super-human control indeed.

KABOOOOOOOM! Do not doubt me; Next please!

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:12 pm

Driver prefers 'patient' Rodgers to Favre

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:09 pm

Driver prefers 'patient' Rodgers to Favre

If it wasn't for Favre Driver wouldn't even be in the NFL. What a piece of chit.

Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:05 pm

Driver prefers 'patient' Rodgers to Favre

As a die-hard pack fan, I'm a bit disappointed in Driver and Jennings.  In my eyes they both through Favre under the bus, who was the man who put both of them on the map.  Neither of them have an argument to compare the QB's, because neither played with Favre during his prime and 3 consecutive MVP's.  All they have to compare is Rodgers in his prime vs. Favre on his way out.  Obviously Rodgers is the better QB when you look at it that way.  Very disappointed in those guys, and I even sport a Jennings jersey.

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