Why Comparing Favre & Rodgers Timelines Doesn’t Work
Green Bay Packers are currently at the NFL Combine. They’re looking for different additions to their team. The debate will rage on with fans and radio show hosts alike – Middle linebacker or wide receiver? We’ll talk about it ad nauseam before the draft begins in late April. Some might pivot and say the Packers need to draft a quarterback in the first round. Or perhaps an offensive tackle or tight end. FOX Sports Colin Cowherd made the case for why the Packers should draft Jordan Love if he’s available at Pick 30. Cowherd compares Rodgers’ trajectory with Brett Favre’s and honestly, it lines up. But he is not equating the most important part, the new rules of football.
"When Green Bay drafted Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre was 35. Aaron Rodgers is currently 35… Don't kid yourself on this. They should draft Jordan Love if he's available." — @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/dn4B5SjcOU
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 24, 2020
Packers wanted Drew Lock last year, and they could want Love this year. Packers scouts watched him play this year at LSU against Joe Burrow. I’m not dismissing the point that Cowherd is making here. Rather, I don’t think it’s right to compare the two quarterbacks. Football changed so much since Favre. Quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and others are playing into their 40’s. Favre left the Packers at 38, but he technically retired. With today’s rules, Favre might have played until he was 45. And to that point, he would have stayed in Green Bay and Packers deal Rodgers as the Patriots did with Jimmy Garappolo.
Packers could draft a quarterback, and if Love is available at 30, he is probably the best player on the board. But Cowherd’s point seemed to be he thinks Love could go as high as seven to Carolina. Therefore, what are we doing here? Talking about Rodgers drives viewership and reactions, I get it. But it doesn’t seem very likely Love will be there at pick 30. This is a more reasonable discussion if the Packers are picking near the New England spot at 23. Another team that needs a quarterback, and probably needs one more than Green Bay. Not telling Cowherd how to do his job because he’s very successful, yet I feel this topic should be about New England or New Orleans.
Don’t expect this to be the last topic about Rodgers and his future before the NFL Draft.