What do the San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos all have in common? Not only did each of these teams miss the postseason in the 2010-11 season, but they all are still searching for franchise quarterbacks to replace their previous legends (Joe Montanta, Steve Young, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly and John Elway).
The Green Bay Packers have had no problems replacing future Hall-of-Famer Brett Favre. With his MVP performance in the Super Bowl (24/39, 304 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT, 111.5 passer rating), Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (drafted 24th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft) has proven himself to be a big-game quarterback.
Although the Packers defense deserves kudos for forcing several Steelers turnovers (the Packers scored 21 points off turnovers), Rodgers was worthy of the Super Bowl MVP. Rodgers threw bullet after bullet with extreme confidence, enabling his receivers to have the time to see would-be tacklers approaching them and make a move to evade those tackles. Rodgers made amazing throws in which he fit the ball into a small window and often threw the ball where only a receiver could touch it.
Since replacing Favre in 2008, Rodgers has been nothing short of elite in the NFL. Since 2008, Rodgers compiled a 99.4 passer rating and a 64.6 completion percentage. In three seasons as the starter, Rodgers averaged 4,131 yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions per season.
There is no doubt that the fans of the Packers are pleased with Rodgers and his performance. In addition to bringing the Lombardi trophy back to Green Bay, Rodgers provides the Packers organization with stability at the quarterback position. That stability is still lacking in many other organizations.
Rodgers is an elite NFL quarterback and should continue to have success in Green Bay.