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Brett Favre: Aaron Rodgers will shatter all my Green Bay Packers records

Brett-Favre-Aaron-RodgersBrett Favre and the Green Bay Packers continue to inch closer to burying the hatchet. There has always been a noticeable amount of tension between Favre and Aaron Rodgers since the Packers decided to commit to the former Cal star as their quarterback of the future, but it appears the Ole Gunslinger is even ready to move on from that.

During an interview with Bruce Murray and Jim Miller on Sirius XM NFL Radio Thursday, Favre said he believes Rodgers could end up with a better legacy than his in Green Bay when his career is over.

“Aaron has played extremely well, probably even better than anyone anticipated, but I knew he was capable of that and that’s why they drafted him,” Favre said, via Pro Football Talk. “Barring any injury he’ll shatter everything I ever did there except for maybe consecutive games.”

Last week, Favre even took some of the blame for the way his career with the Packers ended. He alluded to that again on Thursday, saying he understood the team’s perspective when it came to going with Rodgers over him.

“I understood that they had a young quarterback who had tremendous potential, that they had to find out what he could do,” Favre said. “And, quite frankly, I had probably my best year in 16 years that past season and there’s two ways to look at that. If you’re in the organization and you’re making decisions you got to feel like, ‘OK, he had a great year but he’s probably maxed out.’ That’s kind of what I would have been thinking.”

Again, it is starting to sound like Favre is ready to see his number retired at Lambeau Field. With the way things have been going, I’d say it’s a safe bet that will be happening sooner rather than later.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Greg Jennings takes Brett Favre over Aaron Rodgers, won’t mention Rodgers by name

Greg-Jennings-Brett-Favre-PackersGreg Jennings went from fan favorite to enemy the second he decided to jump from the Green Bay Packers to the Minnesota Vikings. The wide receiver who brought Green Bay fans more than 6,000 yards and 53 touchdowns in seven seasons and helped win a Super Bowl is now wearing purple. Not only has he joined a rival, but Jennings also refuses to mention his former quarterback by name.

Whether by coincidence or not, Jennings avoided saying the name Aaron Rodgers in a recent interview with the Pioneer Press. He also said he would take Brett Favre over Rodgers when discussing how the two compare to Christian Ponder.

“When you talk about comparing quarterbacks, it’s hard to compare guys,” Jennings said. “I’ll take Brett. He did it for so long. I got there in a period of time where Brett already was there (as an elite quarterback). Then the guy they have now, he sat behind Brett and he learned so much.

“Christian didn’t really have that opportunity. He had to jump in. The way you compare them has to be a little different. The guy they have now (Rodgers) was (essentially) a veteran rookie. It’s a little different, but Christian has tremendous upside. I think what I see now is a quarterback who’s maturing and who’s growing and wanting to learn and grow, which is huge.”

The guy they have now, huh? That “guy” is arguably the best quarterback in the NFL and has already won a Super Bowl before his 30th birthday. That “guy” leaned heavily on Jennings before injuries forced him down the depth chart, which was not the quarterback’s fault.

Donald Driver would strongly disagree with Jennings’ assessment. Again, this could be a coincidence. Maybe we shouldn’t read into the fact that Jennings said “Brett” three times but referred to Rodgers as “the guy they have now” on multiple occasions. Whatever the case, the comments will likely help Packers fans figure out how to boo a player who gave them several great seasons.

Aaron Rodgers offers encouragement to Geno Smith

Aaron Rodgers offered some encouragement to Geno Smith as the West Virginia quarterback dropped in the NFL Draft.

Though Rodgers attended Game 3 between the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks and did not watch most of the first round, he was aware of what was going on. He decided to tweet some words of encouragement for Geno Smith, who had yet to be selected.

Geno SmithSmith was believed to be the top quarterback on most draft boards and the strongest possibility of all the QBs to go in the first round. However, that wasn’t the case. The Buffalo Bills selected E.J. Manuel No. 16 overall, making the Florida State product the first quarterback selected. Most teams considered this to be a weak quarterback draft, meaning they didn’t want to spend a first-round pick on a marginal talent. Rodgers recognized that Smith would likely fall to the second round and decided to lift up his spirits.

Rodgers, as much as anyone, knows what it’s like to sit in Radio City Music Hall waiting for your name to be called. He was thought to be a possible No. 1 overall pick in 2005, but the San Francisco 49ers took Alex Smith. Rodgers inexplicably fell all the way to No. 24 before the Green Bay Packers selected him. A Super Bowl and MVP award later, and Rodgers proved it’s not about where you get selected, but what you do once you get your chance.

It’s funny that Rodgers sent the note for Geno, because Smith tweeted during the week that he was fueled by his doubters. He’ll enter the league with a chip on his shoulder similar to Rodgers.

Aaron Rodgers: It’s time for Packers, Brett Favre to mend relationship

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Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre presented an award together at the “NFL Honors” show Super Bowl weekend, and the current Packers quarterback says the event was a big step in the healing process between Favre and Green Bay. During his radio show on Tuesday, Rodgers said he hopes Packers fans and the organization are ready to reconcile with their former quarterback.

“As the face of the franchise now, (it’s) a role that I take very seriously. I have the responsibility and enjoy having the opportunity to represent my team,” Rodgers said on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN. “I think it’s important to realize that it is time to probably time to move forward.”

Rodgers says the producer of the show, with whom he is friends, asked him a week in advance if he would be interested in presenting an award with Favre. He thought about it and decided it would be a good thing to do.

“They pitched to me this idea of presenting with Brett, just to see how I would feel about it. And I thought about it for a little bit, but I really felt strongly that it was going to be a good thing for both of us and for Packer Nation,” Rodgers said, via ESPN Milwaukee.

Rodgers also confirmed that the “awkward” moment between him and Favre on stage was intentional, and that parts were scripted and others ad-libbed. He and Favre talked over the phone before presenting the award together and seemed to hash things out.

“Brett is two years removed from the game. He’ll be in the Packer Hall of Fame. He’ll have his number retired. He will be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the next few years. . . . I thought it was good timing to just let the fans know, let Brett know, let’s move forward. Let’s heal things up and let’s move forward.

“I think this was a good thing for our team, good thing for our organization and hopefully Packer fans feel the same way. Things happen and I think it is important to move forward and for the healing process to begin,” said Rodgers.

It will be interesting to see if the team and fans follow Rodgers’ lead in welcoming back Favre. Like Rodgers says, it’s probably time to move forward.

Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers presented an NFL award together, and it got semi-awkward (Video)

Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers reunited on a public stage for the first time since Favre retired following the 2010 NFL season.

The relationship between the two was an interesting one. Rodgers was selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and expected to eventually replace an aging Favre. He sat on the bench for three seasons and finally thought he would get to start in 2008 after Favre retired. Favre unretired, causing an extraordinarily difficult situation for the Packers, who chose to move forward with Rodgers and trade their former quarterback to the New York Jets.

Favre and Rodgers squared off after Favre retired/unretired again and went to the rival Minnesota Vikings for two seasons. Though Favre initially got the best of Green Bay going 2-0 against them in 2009, Rodgers got him back by beating the Vikings twice in 2010.

The two former MVP quarterbacks were paired together to present the 2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award at the “NFL Honors” show on Saturday in New Orleans. They went through a scripted routine that included some jokes about Favre coming back from retirement. They patted each other on the back, shared a handshake, and then things got awkward when they couldn’t decide if they should go in for the bro hug to complement the shake. We don’t know if the awkward shake/hug was part of the script or not, but it sure was interesting to watch, especially after Rodgers said, “that was awkward.”

They then presented the award to Peyton Manning, who predicted he would one day be in a similar situation presenting an award alongside Andrew Luck, who replaced him as the Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback.

As far as the handshake/hug goes, I tend to think it was intentionally awkward. Why? The two looked pretty comfortable together backstage:

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Aaron Rodgers dissatisfied with offense’s performance

Aaron RodgersThe Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 in Saturday’s NFC Wild Card playoff game and never really struggled. Though the Packers won the game easily, quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed dissatisfied with the team’s offensive performance.

“Our defense played at a championship level — which you have to have in the postseason,” Rodgers told NBC Sports’ Michele Tafoya after the game. “Offensively, we’ve got some stuff to work on. We doubled up at the end of the first half/beginning of the second half to make it a three-score game, but we got to help our defense more and close out a team like that.”

The Packers scored on their final two possessions of the first half to increase their lead to 17-3 at halftime. Like he said, they scored another touchdown in their first drive of the second half to make it 24-3. They just held steady after that, which wasn’t enough, according to Rodgers.

“They’re a good defense, but we kind of cut it off there in the third quarter,” he said in his postgame interview. “We couldn’t get anything going. We gotta put a team away, especially at home like that.”

Rodgers finished with 23-33 for 274 yards and a touchdown. He mostly took what Minnesota’s defense gave him and settled for lots of screens and dumpoffs. The Vikings wanted to minimize the damage and their plan worked somewhat, but they just didn’t get enough help from their offense. Rodgers recognizes that was the issue.

Even though Rodgers knows the Packers’ offense will have to make more plays to beat the 49ers in San Francisco next weekend, the important thing is that they did not turn over the ball. They lost to the New York Giants in the playoffs last year by committing four turnovers. The Packers have to continue protecting the ball well in order to move on.

Aaron Rodgers: Alex Smith deserves to go somewhere he’s appreciated

After watching the San Francisco 49ers win their biggest game of the season on the road against the New England Patriots Sunday night, Jim Harbuagh probably feels a little better about his decision to go with Colin Kaepernick over Alex Smith. Kaepernick threw some perfect deep balls and helped hold off New England’s improbable comeback, proving the Niners are a legitimate Super Bowl contender with him taking the snaps.

Smith was one of the most efficient passers in the NFL prior to his concussion, but that means very little now that he is stuck holding a clip board. Aaron Rodgers, one of Smith’s good friends, feels Alex is under-appreciated in San Francisco.

“Alex and I are buddies, we both got drafted in 2005 NFL Draft, and he’s been through a lot,” Rodgers told NFL Networks Andrew Siciliano, via Around the League. “I can’t imagine to have to go through that many offensive coordinators and the turnover in coaches has been tough for him.

“He comes in, he’s 70 percent completion, he’s 100-plus quarterback rating last year, he’s like barely over one percent interception percentage,” Rodgers went on. “He’s a great quarterback, he just needs to go somewhere he gets appreciated for the skills he has and hopefully he gets a chance next year.”

It’s tough not to feel badly for Smith. He overcame being labeled a draft bust to lead the Niners to a 19-5 regular season record over the past two years and an appearance in the NFC Championship game last season. Before his head injury in Week 10, Smith had completed 70% of his passes and compiled a passer rating of 104.1.

Such is life in the NFL. The problem with going to another team is I’m not convinced Smith is a great quarterback. The 49ers have arguably the best defense in the NFL, and it’s likely Harbaugh found a way to squeeze just enough out of Smith to win games with the help of a tremendous defense. Whether or not he can enjoy similar success with another team remains to be seen.

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