Football fans love to debate quarterbacks and 2011 has given us a doozy of an argument.
Which of these quarterbacks is better? Drew Brees of the Saints? Tom Brady of the Patriots? Aaron Rodgers of the Packers.Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the No. 1 quarterback in the NFL this season. But it's close.Take the gloves off and get after it on this one because I’m not sure there is a right – or wrong – answer. But for the sake of our little game today, we have to pick one. And we have to defend the quarterback we pick.
Combined, the three quarterbacks have thrown for 122 touchdowns. They have passed for 14,627 yards. They have completed 1,131 of 1,700 pass attempts (66.5 percent).
Until a couple of weeks ago, Rodgers was almost everybody’s answer to this question. That was before the Green Bay Packers inexplicably lost at Kansas City on a day when Rodgers looked human.
Since then, Brees has become the darling of the media, especially after his record-breaking performance on “Monday Night Football” this week against the Atlanta Falcons. Now the single-season passing leader among all-time NFL quarterbacks with 5,087 yards, Brees and the others have one week left in the regular season to pad their statistics.
Brady is a lock to also pass Dan Marino’s previous single-season record for passing yards should he play enough in New England’s final regular-season game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
Brady has been doing it for longer than either Brees or Rodgers, but this is a 2011 season question. Brady has the lowest QB rating (105.1) of the three and also the lowest completion percentage. He has thrown for 36 touchdowns, but that’s five fewer than Brees and nine fewer than Rodgers.
Reluctantly, I’m eliminating Brady from today’s discussion, but he gets some marvelous door prizes. And please, Tom, say hello to Gisele for all of us.
Tom doesn’t look too happy leaving the room, but we’re down to two now – Rodgers and Brees. One of them is going to be the league’s MVP this season. They’re a solid bet to match up in the NFC championship game in a few weeks. In fact, is there another match-up in NFL history we’ve wanted to see more?
Rodgers and Brees both had to bide their time and wait for an opportunity. Neither came out of college with that “Next Big Thing” tag that greets so many new quarterbacks in the NFL. They’ve two of the most likable guys in the league, by all accounts.
OK, we’ve put off making this decision long enough.
Who is it?
Brees has thrown 622 passes in 15 games, an astronomical amount. That’s 120 more than Rodgers. They both have a lot of weapons and Brees’ passing numbers are even more impressive when you consider New Orleans has one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL, though that hasn’t stopped him from wearing out his right arm.
Rodgers and Brees both have Super Bowl titles. Both have passed the 40-touchdown mark this season and average more than 300 passing yards per game.
I’m procrastinating again because this is a tough choice.
But since I have to make it – because I said I have to make it – I’m going with Rodgers. No, I have to go with Brees. No, no, it has to be Rodgers. That is my final answer.
Rodgers is the reigning Super Bowl MVP and has led the Packers to a 14-1 record. When Green Bay and New Orleans met in Week 1, in Green Bay, the Packers jumped ahead early and held on for a 42-34 win. In that game, Brees completed 32 of 49 passes for 414 yards and three touchdowns. Rodgers, protecting a lead for most of the game, was 27 of 35 for 312 yards and three touchdowns.
It’ll probably be that way should these two quarterbacks meet again. And imagine if the winner gets to face Brady in the Super Bowl. That’s a little bone for Tom. Be sure and tell Gisele hello, OK?