Aaron Rodgers made the Kansas City defense look like a college team Monday night, repeatedly taking the Chiefs to school and throwing for 333 yards and five touchdowns in a 38-28 win at Lambeau Field.
Just how impressive was Rodgers? Brandon Tierney is ready to anoint him as the best of all time. Yes, from footwork to awareness to accuracy to quickness to velocity to touch, Rodgers does more things great than anybody in the history of the NFL.
He is, quite simply, the best.
“I can’t agree more,” Bleacher Report NFL analyst Chris Simms said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I really am there with you. Aaron Rodgers, in my opinion, just from the physical attributes, I think is probably one of the three most talented quarterbacks in the history of football. I would say him, John Elway, then maybe Brett Favre or a Roger Staubach come into that conversation. But yes, there is really no weakness to the guy’s game. He, in my opinion, is one of the five greatest quarterbacks of all time already. I don’t care if he never wins a Super Bowl again. So much of what he does is predicated on his physical talents. So much of the success of that team is predicated on (his) physical talents. . . . Sometimes I hear people say, ‘Oh, well he’s got all these weapons around him.’ What weapons? Jordy Nelson is hurt. You mean James Jones, who was rejected by four different teams and then he comes back and looks awesome? He looks awesome because he’s with Aaron Rodgers.
“All you got to do is watch games,” Simms continued. “Tom Brady is really good. We know that. Certainly one of the all-time greats. But watch a game with Tom Brady. Most of the time, he gets the snap in the shotgun. The first guy he looks at is usually open and he throws the ball, which is great game planning by offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. And I’m not trying to take anything away from Tom, but I’m just going to make this point. When you watch an Aaron Rodgers football game, first of all, the Green Bay offense is very simple as far as the NFL is concerned. They’re not tricking anybody with their passing-game schematics. You see it. It’s him dropping back. ‘Oh, nobody’s open. Let me hop around the pocket for seven seconds and stay in a throwing position and dodge the greatest pass rushers in football like Justin Houston and then let me throw a 25-yard rifle through a tire hole.’ And he does it on a consistent basis from awkward positions. Quick release, certainly one of the three or four strongest arms in the history of football.
“I totally agree with you there with that statement. I think he is the greatest quarterback I have ever seen. I am totally on that bandwagon. He is head and shoulders above everybody else in football right now.”
Rodgers will take his show to San Francisco this Sunday to face a hapless 49ers team that has lost its last two games by a combined 65 points. Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m. ET.