Putting Greg Jennings on the spot this week, ESPN radio asked the question that so many of us are curious about:
Who is better? Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers?
Because Jennings has played with Rodgers for the past four years and spent his first two years catching balls from Brett Favre, there probably isn’t another player, aside from Donald Driver, who would know better.
Jennings fielded the question and answered honestly. For that, we are thankful. He could have given the politically correct answer and provided us with cliches, but he didn’t. We like that.
Here’s what the Packers wide receiver had to say:
“They both bring different things to the table, but, honestly, right now, I definitely have to go with — you can’t take away what Brett has done – but I am gonna go with Aaron,” Jennings said.
Clearly, it’s been something that he’s been thinking about through the years because his reasoning was concise and well-developed.
“His [Rodgers'] body of work at such a young age, his attention to detail, his discipline, I think it’s really second to none and I think it’s unparalleled,” he said. “And you haven’t really found a quarterback that has done it the way he’s done it. You have the young guys that are coming out and they’re making a huge impact in this game.”
See more comments from Jennings after the jump …
In addition to the personal difference between the two Packers quarterbacks, Jennings has also thought about the differences in the game that has come about in the past five years or so. While Favre was the gunslinger, Rodgers fits today’s game better because he’s a student who applies what he learns in practice sessions and team meetings to his game. One of the reasons Favre gave when he “retired” for the first time was that he didn’t have what it took to give 100 percent to the game. He saw the writing on the wall and today’s game eventually caught up to him, along with his age.
“This is a different league, it’s a pass-first league and so it’s a little different, but his attention to detail and his discipline to be perfect or so close to perfect — I think that’s really going to separate him … I am definitely going to have to go with ‘A-Rod.’ “
When we take a look at the Packers’ last legitimate chance prior to last year of a Super Bowl berth, 2007, it becomes clear that Favre had not only run the table in Green Bay, but that he wasn’t going to be the future in Green Bay. He knew it and he also knew that behind him was a player, Rodgers, who was the future.
Thanks, Brett, for realizing this; and thanks to Aaron for his patience and determination to become the best.
Regardless of what happens starting this Sunday in the Playoffs, the future is indeed bright.