Aaron Rodgers Ranks Tom Brady “Best by Far” and Thinks Tony Kornheiser is “Terrible”

June 8, 2010 – 12:00 pm by Paul Bessire

Former Monday Night football commentator and Brett Favre aficionado Tony Kornheiser may only focus on a different era of the Green Bay Packers, but I’m not looking back. I’m a cheesehead – it’s really the only team that I care about – and Aaron Rodgers is my leader. Admittedly, I was skeptical when Rodgers was taken. Not because “we” already had #4, but because it was a first round pick and Jeff Tedford-taught quarterbacks, especially those with significant injury questions, scared me. It appears I was wrong. Rodgers is just quirky and different enough (see interview below) and had the right amount of seasoning to make it all work.

Given three years to learn the game and the system, Rodgers has been tremendous as a starter over the last two seasons, totaling 8,472 yards and 58 TDs to just 20 interceptions in the last 32 games. He’s also been surprisingly mobile. Unfortunately, he has had to be. Despite rushing 58 times for 316 yards and five touchdowns, Rodgers was still sacked a league-high 50 times in 2009. The team drafted offensive tackle Brian Bulaga in the first round to help protect Rodgers. Who knows what he will be able to do in the future with more time in the pocket and more time in general? One thing is for sure, he is our leader – and I am totally cool with that.

Aaron Rodgers joined Homer on ESPN Radio Milwaukee to discuss Tony Kornheiser, ESPN analysts, his top five quarterbacks, LeBron James, and his bobblehead.

On Tony Kornheiser:

“You know who was better than Tony Kornheiser? Dennis Miller was ten times better. Dennis Miller was a great comedian, but one of the worst Monday Night Football guys ever. And he was ten times better than Tony Kornheiser. His stuff was actually funny. Tony stuff wasn’t funny at all. He did no research. We’d sit in those production meetings and he would add absolutely nothing to the conversation. I’d be like, ‘What are we doing here? This is stupid.’… You get in there with Tony and he’s asking you all these dumb questions that have no application to the game you are playing or anything you are doing. He’s terrible… I don’t think he’s funny. I don’t think he’s insightful. I don’t think knows anything about sports.”

On who he listens to or talks to whose analysis he respects:

“A good starting point is if you have played in the league and had some success. I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about guys on ESPN and stuff like that. (Editor: What about Ron Jaworski?) I like him, but, when I was coming out, he did the worst segment in the history of TV about me talking about my fundamentals. It was not even close to anywhere near my fundamentals. The first time I met him, someone introduced me to him and I said, ‘Yeah I know him. He’s the guy who ripped me before the draft.’ The rest of the night he told me how great I was. I was like, ‘I know your song and dance.’ And now he loves me. I like Trent. He does a good job. He’s had success at the position. You look at Marcellus Wiley up there talking about quarterback play. The guy was a defensive end for a few years in the league. He’s not any good.”

On his top five quarterbacks (not including himself):

“Tom Brady is the best by far. It’s not even close. Drew Brees has got to be right there. Tony Romo’s a good player. I’ll take Philip Rivers there. And Peyton, he’s right there. No order except for Tom being the best. He does things that other guys can’t do. His pocket presence is better than those guys by far. He throws a better ball than just about all those guys. He’s a winner – better than all those guys.”

On the difference in the Saints last year:

“Gregg Williams coming in with that defense and Darren Sharper coming in and playing at such a high level. I think that was the difference. He (Brees) had worse stats than the year before when he threw for 5,000 some yards. I think the defense played a lot better and got more turnovers for them. That made the difference.”

On where LeBron James should go:

“The best spot for him – he might go here – but the best spot would be the LA Clippers. The Kobe-LeBron LA battle. The Clippers that are a very profitable team that doesn’t spend a whole lot of money. He needs a Jordan-type team… Give him a couple shooters, a Baron Davis, a Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin… What a better challenge than to take a team that has done nothing in the league forever and take them to the top?”

And on his bobblehead:

“My bobblehead has this chinstrap beard that I’ve actually never worn in my entire life – and never would wear.”

Listen to Aaron Rodgers on ESPN Radio Milwaukee with Homer.

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  1. 29 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers Ranks Tom Brady “Best by Far” and Thinks Tony Kornheiser is “Terrible””

  2. Trent Dilfer and Rodgers share the same manager.

    By Rick on Jun 8, 2010

  3. Aaron Rodgers sounds like a prick. Marcellus Wiley is just some DE who played a few years? He played 10 and was in the probowl. This guy has no respect and is obviously full of himself, what an assclown.

    By Matt on Jun 8, 2010

  4. You’d have to be an uptight a-hole to take what he said too seriously.
    Got Valium Matt?

    By Gordo on Jun 8, 2010

  5. I think he was right on with the Kornheiser comments he totally sucked on MNF. I was a big fan of his on PTI but it didnt translate to MNF, and Jaws? man that guy sucks his comments seems they are always for people who never have watched football. Its like why dont you talk to the guys and gals who love football and not a bunch of dumb asses who probably arent even paying attention. That guy really bugs me as you can tell. I like Rogers he tells it like it is, I think he is off in the Tom Brady comments I mean I could have been the 3 time SB champ if I had a line that never let me get sacked and defense that was amazing.

    By Reebes on Jun 8, 2010

  6. Arron is 100% correct on all accounts espically on MFN anouncers

    By John on Jun 8, 2010

  7. I like the fact he was candid and straightforward. Who care whether or not you agree. Wish the coaches and TT were that blunt.

    By marcopo on Jun 8, 2010

  8. Honestly I think the interview was pretty good. I hate watching ESPN anymore for the football commentary. It is just a lot of ballwashing now.

    As for Tom getting his rings because of a great line or awesome D. Yeah because that has obviously worked out for other QBs given similar opportunities. If I remember correctly, Bledsoe had the same team and couldn’t win with it. He lost the first few games that year. Brady stepped in and helped the Pats win a S.B. Nice try though. Might as well use the same argument for everyother multiple ring wearing QB who has come along. They all sucked, it was the D that did everything. Get a new argument already.

    By Really Reebes on Jun 8, 2010

  9. good for him, we all have opinions and this is his.. dont agree with him? thats your right. but he was asked, he answered, thats as good as it gets.

    By Mikey G on Jun 8, 2010

  10. lay off Rodgers, look at his stats. what are people talkin about? he has a right to defend himself. who is the fantasy QB leader this year?

    By dover 24 on Jun 8, 2010

  11. Listen to the interview at espn-milwaukee. He’s joking around. He is the harshest to the host, Steve (the homer) True. He’s also pretty spot on, except maybe manning should be over brady, (of course he wasn’t allowed to include himself in the list of QBs) and he would be my pick for the best in the league the next 5-10 years or so.

    By Jmonfly on Jun 8, 2010

  12. Well, I like Rodgers quite a bit less after reading this. He seems to have a big opinion of himself, and a not so big opinion of anyone offering up their opinions. Well, if he’s offering opinions on those who give opinions, who says he’s any better? Rodgers is definitely a good quarterback, great even. His analysis of the quarterback position is more laughable than Kornheiser’s analysis. Brady has never been as talented as Manning or Brees. So, I could tell him his opinions are pretty stupid too. Maybe he should leave analysis to the people he complains about.

    By Kevin W on Jun 8, 2010

  13. I agree with everything he said, except he left out Big Ben. Although Ben has had off the field issues, you still have to rank in the top 5. The guy has 2 SB in 5 years?! Who has done better besides Brady? As for Tony K., thank God he’s gone from Monday Night Football! I think that Mike T. and Jon Gruden could carry the load by themselves.

    By Mike on Jun 8, 2010

  14. Manning, Brady, Brees, Rivers, Ben. Top 5. Book it, Dan’o.

    By Jerry on Jun 8, 2010

  15. if some of you actually found the interview and listened to it, it sounds like Aaron and Homer are just playing around. I dont think he took it very seriously.

    By joey on Jun 9, 2010

  16. Aaron Aaron, shame buddy! Why get into this type of exposed crap that is only get out there and be used against you during the rest of your career? Opinions are fine but these days you just gotta be more cool Aaron. Love ya kid but back away from these type of interviews that can eventually “burn” you.

    By Jimmy on Jun 9, 2010

  17. Right on, Rodgers! I’m not a Packer fan by any means, but I admire him for being honest and saying what was really on his mind — even if some of it was uninformed (i.e. Wiley playing only “a few years”). In today’s sports world, it is quite refreshing to hear an athlete speak honestly and candidly, especially when we are used to hearing cliche after cliche on all the sports talk shows, highlight reels, and radio broadcast. Kudos to Mr. Rodgers for speaking his mind…and if you are someone who is truly upset by his comments, lighten up and enjoy it — sports is entertainment and should be fun!

    By cashmoney on Jun 9, 2010

  18. Of course Rodgers didn’t list Favre as one of the best in the league. Favre had a better or as good a year as any QB he listed, including Brady. I like him as a QB, but it seems every time he opens his mouth, his angry foot goes in it.
    Sonny Crockett

    By Sonny Crockett on Jun 9, 2010

  19. Last year’s top 5 QB’s
    (in no certain order)
    Favre, Manning, Brees, Rivers and Brady

    Ben?! Puuhhhhleeze..
    Book THAT Danno…

    By Sonny Crockett on Jun 9, 2010

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