Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:22 am
Edited on: January 2, 2012 11:30 am

Rodgers should beat Brees for NFL MVP

Seems there are two quarterbacks most folks consider for NFL MVP this season -- Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. Brees broke Dan Marino's records for passing yardage in one season and led the NFL in TD passes and completion percentage. Rodgers set the all-time passer rating mark and led the NFL in TD percentage, yards per attempt and was second in interception percentage and TDs thrown.

Those who like Brees enjoy pointing out his "quantity" stats: number of yards, number of TD passes, etc. Those who like Rodgers point out his efficiency, his QB rating for example, plus the fact the Pack went 14-1 with him as the starting quarterback.

Both players had great years.

But let's look at this: Brees threw 657 passes, Rodgers threw 502.

If you take Rodgers' 2011 rates and apply them to 657 pass attempts, he ends up with 6,044 yards, 59 TDs and 8 interceptions, yardage and TD marks that would have easily obliterated the current NFL records. Brees' numbers were 5,476 yards, 46 TDs and 14 picks. Brees' numbers pale in comparison. Rodgers' QB rating, which I admit can be a somewhat flawed statistic (but all stats can be somewhat flawed when viewed separately), was nearly 12 points higher than Brees' rating (122.5 to 110.6). And while Brees did set an NFL record with completion percentage, his mark of 71.2% wasn't all that much higher than Rodgers' runner-up mark of 68.3%.

It wasn't like Rodgers threw 155 fewer passes than Brees because he wasn't good at throwing the ball. And he didn't miss any games due to ineffectiveness or injury; he was just held out of the last game because the Packers didn't need to win it.

Rodgers is also a way better runner than Brees, with 257 yards and 3 rushing TDs to Brees' 86 yards and 1 TD.

Taking all these factors into account, Aaron Rodgers is your 2011 NFL MVP.
Posted on: January 24, 2011 9:22 pm

Cutler's physical toughness shouldn't be question

Several NFL players, not to mention fans and media members, have raked Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler over the proverbial coals for coming out of the NFC Championship game with an injured knee Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. They reason that since they didn't see Cutler on crutches, showing obvious distress or with ice on the knee, he must have not really been all that injured. They questioned his physical toughness.
I'm not sure how injured Cutler's knee was. That's something that Cutler, Bears coach Lovie Smith and the Bears trainers and doctors know the answer to, as well as a subsequent MRI. Those folks determined the guy was too injured to play at any sort of level that could help his team win. Naysayers say that Cutler was just having an awful game and wanted to be out of it.
I disagree.
For all of Jay Cutler's faults, physical toughness has never been one of them. Sure, the guy melts down when things start to go south. Sure, he's surly in public and not good with the media. He has given the appearance of being a whiner on the field. But all that has to do with his mental state of being, his mental toughness. And even with all that, he's never been accused of giving up and having no heart, just that he makes really stupid decisions when the pressure's getting to him and his back is up against the wall.
If he wanted to cop out of games, he would have done so before this; instead, the strong-armed thrower has stayed in and continued to throw pick after pick in lost causes. 
So, while I do agree that Cutler has many faults as a quarterback, physical toughness isn't one of them.
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