Sunday’s, NFL Season opener for the Green Bay Packers has Aaron Rodgers facing Alex Smith as the Packers face the 49ers. Alex Smith beat out Aaron Rodgers to be the number one pick for San Francisco in the 2005 NFL Draft as Rodgers fell to the Packers with the 24th pick.
Rodgers has become a much better quarterback than Smith so in what ways is Rodgers better?
Arm Strength and Accuracy
Aaron Rodgers has had a huge arm with the ability to just sit back and fling the ball 50 yards for a touchdown. Rodgers can make just about any throw as he has the power to drive the ball and the accuracy to avoid making that one bad throw that Brett Favre would occassionally make.
Rodgers is one of a few quarterbacks to ever play the game that is extremely accurate and has a great arm. Meanwhile, Alex Smith’s best single season completion percentage is worse than Aaron Rodgers’s worst completion percentage rate in all the seasons Rodgers has started for the Packers. Rodgers has also made more plays down the field and has averaged more yards per completion than Smith.
Aaron Rodgers has always had great mobility as he knows how to get outside a collapsing pocket and make plays whether it be with his arm or with his feet. Rodgers has good enough speed to seperate from most defensive lineman which allows him to make plays down the field. Rodgers has also had more than 200 rushing yards in each of his four seasons as starting quarterback for the Packers. Smith has never had more than 200 rushing yards in a season and is fairly limited to the pocket as he has not had to scramble too much because of the 49ers protection.
Consistency and Success
Since Aaron Rodgers took over, he has established himself as the best quarterback in the NFL and has already had a career of a Hall of Fame quarterback, and he has only been a starter for four years. Rodgers already has a Super Bowl ring, an MVP, a Super Bowl MVP, an All Pro award, and two Pro Bowl appearances. Rodgers has also been the unqestionable starter in Green Bay while Alex Smith had struggled his entire career until Jim Harbaugh arrived as the San Francisco head coach last season. Still, Smith’s struggles led the 49ers to choosing Colin Kaepernick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Aaron Rodgers has been and is the better quarterback by a margin that’s bigger than the Atlantic Ocean.