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this is a discussion within the NFL Community Forum; Originally Posted by Vrillon82 I never thought Rodgers as being great, its a wonder he ever won a SB, but then again he had talent around him that Brett Favre probably would of won with had he not moved on. ...

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Old 08-20-2019, 10:18 PM   #11
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Re: Packers Hiring Matt LaFleur as Head Coach

Originally Posted by Vrillon82 View Post
I never thought Rodgers as being great, its a wonder he ever won a SB, but then again he had talent around him that Brett Favre probably would of won with had he not moved on.

He would be a modern day Steve Young as noted, Young was overrated as well in his era, his one SB was beating injured Dallas team and overrated Chargers teams that needed a miracle to win the AFC that year.
I would not call that 1994 Chargers team overrated. They were 18 point underdogs on the spread in that SB, making it one of the biggest one sided match-ups in SB history. I think they were even bigger underdogs than Buffalo was in both matches against Dallas. No one believed in them and Vegas was right, cause within just 5 minutes of the game and the Niners first two drives, they had already out-gained them by over 150 yards and were up 14-0. In all reality, the Chargers should've lost to the Dolphins in the divisional round. Miami blew a 15 point lead and then their kicker missed what would've been the game winning field goal in the final seconds. The AFC was a truly weak conference in the early 90's when Buffalo was dominating it, but it became even worse in 1994 and 1995 when San Diego and Pittsburgh squeaked into the SB. (That Steelers team is the one that is truly overrated. Dallas should've throttled them in the SB and probably would've if Johnson was still the coach)

Putting Young side by side with Rodgers though, Young comes out ahead for still being able to play at a high level in his final years. He led the league in TDs at 37 years old and ranked high in first down percentage. Rodgers has been a mediocre QB now for the past 3 years and he's not 37 yet. Even at his peak, there was only one year (2014) where he truly ranked great at first down percentage.

Their playoff records though are nearly identical. The 49ers had some embarrassing playoff exits in the 90s, including the three consecutive blowout losses to Green Bay - two of which were in Candlestick Park. No one ever talks about the loss to Atlanta in 1998, maybe cause they really shouldn't have been there. Green Bay was robbed by the incomplete pass call on Jerry Rice's obvious fumble.

The Rodgers Packers were 15-1 when they got blown out by a 9-7 Giants team at Lambeau. They also have embarrassing blowout playoff losses to the Niners and Falcons as well as heart breaker losses to the Cards. The one that takes the cake for me though is the blown 16 point lead in the NFC title game to Seattle, where GB picked off Russel Wilson 4 times and still couldn't seal the deal.

These Packers teams really remind me of the 90's era 49ers as a whole. Back in the day, it was endless hype and talk about how the 49ers dynasty was going to continue, before they ran into Dallas. They pretty much had to buy a SB in 1994 by cheating the salary cap to make an all star roster and what good it did them after that year cause Favre started slaying them in the playoffs afterwards. The Packers under Rodgers were supposed to become a dynasty and like that SF team, they only made it to one SB. Rodgers has padded his stats though in multiple blowout losses, no different than how Steve Young did when his Niners teams were getting smoked.
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