Mike Holmgreen: ‘Russell Has City Where He Wants It’

Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers? Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre?

That is the question.

And it’s a darn tough one. In fact, Tiki Barber would take Favre, who is being inducted into the Packers’ Hall of Fame this weekend, while Brandon Tierney would take Rodgers.

Looks like we need someone to break the tie.

Hmm, how about Mike Holmgren?

“Now you know – you know – I’m not going to answer that question,” the former Packers and Seahawks coach said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I would say this: We were talking about it last night because I went out to dinner with a couple guys when I got here. You have two people in a franchise and how valuable is that for the franchise. When I was in San Francisco after Joe Montana . . . they got Steve Young. You have two quarterbacks for their careers – and that’s what makes a team special. Look what Indianapolis is going to do. Now they have Luck and they had Manning. So the Packers, when they got Aaron, they knew what they had. It’s just that no one could have predicted Brett would play so long.

“But I think they’re different in their styles,” Holmgren continued. “They’re different in their styles, but they’re two of the best of all time. You got to say that. And the numbers that Aaron puts up now and his ability to run and throw on the run and all that – he’s a special guy. But listen, you can’t ever argue with me about Brett and his record of (297 consecutive starts). That record is untouchable. No one will ever do that again.”

Of course, if we asked Holmgren a Packers question, it’s only fair that we ask him a Seahawks question, too.

Might as well stick with quarterbacks, right? All right. Here goes:

Is Russell Wilson a franchise quarterback?

“That’s a good question,” Holmgren said. “Everyone kind of asked that question with Russell came out of college. Everyone recognized how good he was. We did. I was at Cleveland at the time. But we said, ‘Okay, it’s tough. There’s not many quarterbacks that size that make it big.’ But clearly he’s a fine player and he can play the game. Now, is he with the right team? I think he’s with exactly the right team. They don’t ask him to do what other clubs ask their quarterbacks to do in the passing game. What they do ask him to do, he’s very good at. But he’s got Marshawn Lynch, they got the great defense, and he was I think 19th in the league in passing yardage last year. The setup is right.”

Wilson, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, will make $1.5 million this season. After leading the Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowls, however, he wants to be among the highest-paid players in the game – if not the highest-paid player in the game.

Holmgren’s advice? Be patient. Don’t get greedy. The money will come.

“Russell has that city right where he wants it,” Holmgren said. “They love him. He says all the right stuff. I just think if I was his dad, I would (tell him) . . . he’s going to make a ton of money. If you make one more dollar than the next guy, (then) two years down the road someone’s going to get paid more money. That’s the way it works. Is it worth hurting your reputation? I think right now – right now – the fans are getting a little edgy. And I would say don’t do that. It’s going to be a huge deal. Go ahead and enjoy it, sign it, and you’re in your place. If you like living here, you like playing here, that would be my advice to him. But yeah, he’s a franchise quarterback. But can he pass the ball 40 times a game? I’m not sure that’s his game.”

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