Rodgers is way better now, and always will be. Not even close. Smith may not even be a top 15 QB, and Rodgers is the best in the league.
I like Orton smith
Favre probably retires a Packer in 2010 in this what-if, but not after failing a few more years in the playoffs. Then I guess Flynn takes over? He was drafted in 2008, but hadn't looked good until that 2010 season.
As far as Rodgers, he probably bombs in the beginning with the 49ers. Although largely forgotten now, he was awful those first few years with GB. It wasn't really until 2007 that he was ready to be a starting QB. So there is a chance that he rebounds around then and ends up having a pretty good career. Maybe nowhere near where he is now, but still better than Alex Smith.
Last edited by DRS172; 09-07-2012 at 02:07 AM.
People are aware that sacks aren't always the o-lines fault right? Sometimes its the qb. Kind of like when Rodgers got sacked 50 times in one season.
There are literally only two things that would have been for sure in the scenario of Rodgers getting drafted first, they are:
Aaron Rodgers would have had to of played as the #1 starting QB before he did with the Packers.
Alex Smith wouldn't have dropped as far as Rodgers did. People forget this, but *some* people were predicting Rodgers first, most had Smith going first. Smith definitely would have been gone by the Packers.
Anything else is pure speculation, no matter how much logic you apply to it, it's apples and oranges. Perhaps Smith would have shined after years of sitting backup to Favre, although I may disagree, this is not likely. Perhaps Rodgers would have shot out the gates with SF and been good... I would hope no one thinks this... but its *almost* statistically impossible.
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the only thing you can say about these 2 is that were in the same draft dats it arod and smith are night and day when it comes to playing QB
Last edited by goku; 09-07-2012 at 02:50 AM.
Arod will always be better
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Smith doesn't have a chance to be better anymore, but did when he was drafted
Obviously Aaron Rodgers has proven to be a far superior QB to Alex Smith up until this point of their careers. Aaron Rodgers is the best QB in the league in my opinion and Alex is not in the top 10 (we'll leave the debate on where he is for another time as I think he is much better than what others say about him). Alex will never be the best QB in the league, so unless Rodgers takes a serious decline (I doubt it), Rodgers will always be better than Alex. So, to answer the original question, Alex Smith will never surpass Aaron Rodgers in that regard. I would like to add that just because Aaron Rodgers is the far superior QB, it doesn't mean that the 49ers selected the wrong QB in the 2005 draft. Both QBs were drafted into different circumstances and those circumstances impacted their development. Aaron Rodgers was drafted to a good football team and had the opportunity to sit behind Favre and learn. Aaron Rodgers has had the same offensive system in place for the entirety of his career. Aaron Rodgers has always had an excellent receiving group. Alex Smith, on the other hand, was drafted by an awful team whose best WR when he was drafted was Arnaz Battle and has had mediocre WR groups until now. This season will be the first year that Alex Smith will have the same offensive coordinator for 2 consecutive seasons. So, instead of working on his mechanics every year, Alex was learning a new playbook. Also, Aaron Rodgers has had the opportunity to play for an excellent offensive HC in McCarthy while Alex Smith has (until last seasn) always played for defensive guys (Nolan and Singletary). Aaron has played in a west coast version of the spread while Alex has played in a smash mouth style of offense. All of these things impacted their development. This is not to knock Aaron. Aaron fell into the perfect situation and took full advantage of it. Props to him for it. He definitely made the most out of it. All in all, Alex Smith will never be on the same level as Aaron Rodgers, but it is possible for him to be on the same level as, say, the Matt Schuab, Matt Ryan, Jay Cutler tier of QBs.