It’s one of the best debates in the NFL right now: Would you rather have Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers as your quarterback?
You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone to debate the assertion that Brady and Rodgers are the two best quarterbacks in the NFL, but when you start talking about which one is the best, the debate really begins.
The case for each is obvious. Brady is one of the best winners the NFL has ever seen. Even at age 38, the New England Patriots quarterback continues to dazzle with his play and leadership. He’s always prepared and always has a plan when getting to the line of scrimmage. His accuracy on short to intermediate passes seems to get better with age, and his motivation is unquestioned, despite four Super Bowl wins.
Rodgers, meanwhile, is younger and more athletic. The Green Bay Packers quarterback has accuracy on seemingly every throw he has to make, and his ability to move inside and outside of the pocket makes him impossible to game-plan for. His arm is among the best in the league, too.
The clear answer, obviously, is that you’d be happy with either. SI.com asked three NFL executives which QB they’d pick to win one game. Brady edged Rodgers, two votes to one.
“Even though Rodgers is the best, I’m going with the guy with four rings who just won,” an AFC general manager told SI.com.
“A year ago, I would have probably picked Rodgers. But after what he did in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl against Seattle? Brady,” an NFC personnel director told the website.
The one exec taking Rodgers was an NFC general manager, who called Rodgers “unstoppable,” applauding him for his play despite injuries within the receiving corps.
“Brady’s damn good, but Rodgers is in just another league right now,” he told SI.com.
With the way things are going through four weeks of the season, it won’t be entirely surprising to see this debate play out on the field — at the Super Bowl.
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