The praise showered on Aaron Rodgers every year is well-documented. Most people in the national media can’t get enough of him. He’s the greatest ever to lace up the cleats. Chicago Bears fans certainly can’t argue since their team has only beaten him three times since 2008. However, at least one person isn’t buying into the hype. That’s Tony Gonzalez.
This man is going to be a Hall of Famer before too long. He’s the greatest tight end in NFL history. Nobody at his position has caught more passes for more yards and touchdowns. One would think this gives him the right to judge what the difference is between good and great quarterbacks are.
Appearing on the show Speak For Yourself on FOX, he admitted that Rodgers is a great talent. However, as a former player, he made it crystal clear that he’s not a quarterback he would want to play for. Not even close. His reasoning brought up a fascinating point.
Tony Gonzalez Aaron Rodgers argument does have some merit
To an extent, Gonzalez has a point. Rodgers has never played like a Tom Brady, Joe Montana, or Johnny Unitas type of quarterback. Guys who lived for playing the chess match and working methodically down the field. He plays a bit more of a Dan Marino style. What does that mean? Former head coach Bill Walsh once asked about his thought process during a play, going through reads and the like. Marino’s reply was fairly concise.
“Listen I just look for the open man, and I’m going to hit him.”
That’s exactly how Rodgers operates. He looks for the open guy and believes he has the arm to get it to them regardless of distance and coverage. Why does he think this? Largely because he’s right so often. He may be the most accurate passer in NFL history. This is why the Packers are devastating with big plays all the time. It also might explain why Rodgers hasn’t been able to break through so often in the playoffs.
The defenses are always among the best that time of year, and the best ones tend to be efficient at limiting big plays. That’s why his quarterback rating goes from 103.4 to 99.4 and why he has just one Super Bowl ring. Three of his worst career performances came in NFC championship games. Games in which he completed less than 60% of his passes.
Gonzalez might be onto something.