In the midst of the NFL offseason, cover32 will debut a series of new debate segments to hype up NFL fans for the start of the 2017 season. The Debate series comes on the heels of the Doppelganger and Roundtable series.
Rules: Burack and Glendon will first respond to a series of questions with their answer being which player they feel best exemplifies or represents the qualities in questions. After that, they will debate one another about who is the better player. With that, they will have 10-minutes on the clock to battle back-and-forth. The debate ends when the buzzer sounds.
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1. Who would be better on a bad team?
Burack: Well, Rodgers. He is on one. Brady is on a great team. And Rodgers looks better.
Glendon: Neither has had particularly bad teams in their career, however, Brady has thrown more touchdowns to more players than anyone short of Vinny Testaverde. Brady has maintained the same performance level throughout his career with a multitude of different players at skill positions. I’ll take Brady.
2. Who would you take this season?
Burack: Ha! Aaron Rodgers. Brady will be 40-years-of-age. Yes, he was good last year, however, the cliff is coming. Brett Favre and Peyton Manning went from great to old in a year as well. Rodgers is in the prime of his career.
Glendon: Brady. Aside from the volume stats, Brady outperformed Rodgers in most every important quarterback stat last season (Rating, TD:INT ratio, completion percentage, interception percentage, passing yards per game) on top of more team success.
3. Which QB is style is more transcendent?
Burack: Tough to say, Brady probably gets the edge here. Rodgers’ game is more based on his talents and ability. You cannot teach that. Brady is more cerebral and passionate.
Glendon: Brady is one of the last of the traditional “stand in the pocket passers,” whereas Rodgers has a unique skill set outside the pocket unmatched by most. As far as transcendent style? I suppose you go with Rodgers but as far as a career, it has to be Brady.
4. Who is a better teammate?
Burack: Tom Brady. Easily, but who cares? Was Michael Jordan a good teammate? I would rather have the guy with the edge: Aaron Rodgers.
Glendon: A tough question, but I have never once heard Brady throw a teammate or a coach under the bus, and every player that has ever spoken of him (as his teammate) has emphasized how great of a teammate he is. I’ll take Brady.
5. The biggest flaw in each?
Burack: Honestly, Rodgers does not have one. He is the most well-rounded quarterback in the history of the game. Brady, his lack of mobility. When the pass-rush is coming, he sees ghosts.
Glendon: Rodgers playing from behind late. Brady has a tendency to force deep throws. Tough question, both quarterbacks are so good that it’s hard to find a flaw in either of their games.
The Debate: Who is the better quarterback, Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady?
Burack: I’ll start! This answer is simple to me, it is Aaron Rodgers! He is a baaaaddd maannnn. Let me just say this, there is nothing Tom Brady does better. Rodgers throws better, more mobile, bigger arm, more accurate, more touchdowns, fewer interceptions…and does it with a worse team.
Glendon: Short answer: Brady. Last season Brady outperformed Rodgers in everything but volume statistics by virtue of the suspension. Over the course of Rodgers career (2008-2016) Brady (2007-2016), Brady has thrown more touchdowns, more yards and won more than Rodgers.
Burack: I don’t think he had a better season. Rodgers had the greatest stretch in the history of the NFL the last eight weeks. Who was his running back? He led the league in touchdowns. Give me no Brady who played a bunch of bad teams.
Glendon: Taking into account that Brady played the first portion of his career in an era with more physicality on the defensive side. It’s fair to compare Brady’s ’07-to-present run with Rodgers where they are incredibly similar. Rodgers does edge Brady on accuracy, however he has done this with 500 fewer pass attempts
Glendon: Still have to play the games. And the only team that actually ran the table last year was the Patriots.
Burack: Did you see that throw against Dallas to win the game? Could Brady roll to his left, deliver a bomb? No, he can’t do either.