Yes, he hasn’t made a single NFL start. Yes, he has minimal game action. Yes, he is trying to replace a legend who was basically immune to criticism in the press. But that doesn’t mean Aaron Rodgers should not be praised for his progress on the bench in his three years out of California. To some it may appear that the media coddling that is associated with Brett Favre has made its way over to Rodgers.
ESPN’s John Clayton starts it off with some superlatives we know his pinhead for. He sounds like he thinks Rodgers will have a immediate positive impact on the team. Which sounds pretty good to me. The only thing I might have some problems with are the comparisons of Rodgers’ arm to Favre’s. I doubt I will see anyone with an arm like Favre’s for a while, but I am willing to give Rodgers a shot. I’ll start the comparisons after his first heave into triple coverage for a touchdown.
In the other article praising Rodgers, written by Jason Cole over on Yahoo! Sports, Rodgers garners the attention for his work ethic and persistence in learning for when he takes over the reins this September. Cole talks about all the current and former NFL quarterbacks Rodgers has consulted on following a legend.
Both of these articles are great reads and both make me (and should make you) feel a little more comfortable on the state of things for 2008.