Rodgers or Brees?
The comparison between Brees and Rodgers is so close that it is nearly impossible to definitively pick which one deserves the spot on the all-decade roster behind Brady.
Until the recent arrival of young stars like Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson at the quarterback position, there has been no real argument about who the top three quarterbacks in the league have been.
Following the retirement of Peyton Manning, Brady, Brees, and Rodgers have dominated the position and found great success for their teams. To truly decide which quarterback deserves the second quarterback spot, one must decide what they value more in a quarterback.
If someone places value in the highest peak of a player’s career and believes that postseason play outweighs any regular-season accomplishments, then the selection is clear. Rodgers is a dominant force in the playoffs and has more big-play potential on any given down.
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There is a reason that Rodgers has become infamous for his late-game hail mary heroics. He succeeded Favre excellently and has constantly been recognized for his greatness with awards and first-team selections.
However, Brees has built his own historical narratives. If someone believes that NFL records and constantly finishing the season leading the league in statistics is the most important aspect of the decision, then Brees is the easy choice.
Brees has consistently been reliable, hardly misses games, and has made the most out of every player on his team with his precise passing. There is no doubt that he is the kind of player that elevates the level of play of those around him whenever he is in the game.
You can’t truly go wrong with either selection, but considering the game is moving further towards analytical studies, Brees should be the selection between the two of them.
If Brees was given the same team as Rodgers then there is little doubt that he could have generated the same success for the organization. Much of what makes Rodgers special is the narrative to his play and the legendary moments that he creates.
This is logically why he was the selection for the NFL’s list and not the PFF list.
Brees has consistently been great, and he is able to create magic out of nothing. When he had limited weapons at his disposal, he made up for the difference by constantly having 5,000 passing yard seasons.
Without him, the Saints would not be what they are today and would have been stuck in mediocrity as an organization following the Super Bowl win. Because of all of this, Brees is the rightful selection for the All-Decade team.