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Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre? Green Bay Packers’ Greg Jennings Says Rodgers is Superior Quarterback: Fan’s Take
The Green Bay Packers selected Greg Jennings with their second-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. Jennings has spent his first six seasons with the Packers' organization. He spent two seasons catching passes for Favre and four seasons catching passes for Rodgers. Under Favre's guidance, the Packers reached the NFC Championship in Jennings' second season. Favre would be traded to the New York Jets in the following offseason.
Enter Rodgers. Jennings would evolve into Rodgers' go-to receiver. The Packers would win Super Bowl XLV in just Rodgers' third season as a starting quarterback. They enter the 2012 NFC playoffs as the favorites to repeat as back-to-back champions. As the NFL's second-youngest team, the Packers could become the first dynasty since the early-to-mid-2000s New England Patriots.
Jennings' stats have improved since Rodgers took over in 2008. Jennings had 98 receptions for 1,552 yards and 15 touchdowns in two seasons with Favre. He has 291 receptions for 4,619 yards and 34 touchdowns in four seasons with Rodgers. Those numbers are even more impressive when one considers that Rodgers distributes the ball to all of his skill-position players.
How much of that was Rodgers? How much of that was gaining familiarity with Mike McCarthy's offensive system? How much of it is how many other offensive weapons must be accounted for by opposing defenses?
Regardless, Rodgers has helped Jennings to develop into one of the NFL's elite receivers. So there's no question as to where Jennings' allegiance will be in the debate of "Rodgers vs. Favre." According to Jennings:
"They both bring different things to the table, but honestly right now I definitely have to go with … Aaron, his body of work at such a young age, his attention to detail, his discipline, I think it's really second to none—its un-paralleled."
The most significant difference that separates Rodgers and Favre is interceptions. While Favre is the NFL's all-time leader in passing touchdowns (508), he was also the all-time leader in interceptions with 336. Even before Rodgers' remarkable 2011-12 season started, he owned the records for all-time interception percentage during the regular season (1.99%) and interception-to-touchdown ratio (2.72). The discrepancy between touchdowns and interceptions could help him become the NFL's all-time leader in quarterback rating.
Personally, I just feel like it's premature to pick sides in this "Rodgers vs. Favre" debate. Rodgers has only been a starting quarterback for four seasons whereas Favre was a starting quarterback for the majority of 19 seasons (played in 20 overall). Does three very solid seasons and one historical season out-do what Favre did in two decades?
No matter how someone feels about Favre for his reckless interceptions or his off-field behavior, it doesn't take away from his on-field accomplishments or the fact that the Packers were considered as a competitive team at the beginning of each of his 16 seasons that he spent in Northern Wisconsin (excluding the 1992-93 season). There was never a season that started where I felt like the Packers had no chance at winning the NFC Central or NFC North; hope has always existed since Favre took over as the starting quarterback.
Now if Rodgers can continue to produce at his current rate for the next decade? Then there's no doubt that he'll surpass Favre on the list of all-time greatest quarterbacks in Packers' history, even if he never wins another Super Bowl. And if the Packers win back-to-back Super Bowls in only his fourth season as a starting quarterback? It'll be difficult to reserve judgment at that point.
But with such a small sample size? I'm reluctant to rank him amongst Starr or Favre.
Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 while completing a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs and Nashville Predators. He also follows the Tennessee Titans, his favorite AFC team.
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