The showdown between the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers on “Sunday Night Football” is among the biggest storylines of NFL Week 9. The game’s compelling nature of course stems in large part to the quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, two of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.
The long-running Brady-Rodgers debate has ramped up significantly ahead of Sunday’s game. So much so that Bill Belichick spoke extensively and expansively on the issue during his Wednesday press conference.
Belichick, having once hailed Brady the best quarterback of all-time, was asked by a reporter if he still believes Brady is the the better signal-caller when compared to Rodgers.
“I’ve never played against Tom Brady,” Belichick said, via NESN. “So, I’m glad he’s our quarterback, he’s a great quarterback. He’s won a lot of games for us, hopefully he’ll win a lot more. We’ve won a lot of games because of him. But I’ve never played against Tom Brady. So, this is a different context.
“I would say playing against Aaron Rodgers is very, very difficult. He’s as good as anybody I’ve ever faced. We’ve faced a lot of good ones through the years, and that’s not to take anything away from anybody else. Just saying the guy’s a great player. He can do everything that a quarterback needs to do, consistently does it well.”
That’s an awful lot of words out of the typically tight-lipped Belichick, which lends credence to the merit of the debate.
Even Brady himself has weighed in on the issue, although he was savvy enough not to take a side, saying instead that Rodgers inspires him to be a better player. Brady is also said to have paid Rodgers a huge compliment within the past few seasons.
A consensus of course will never be reached in the Brady-Rodgers debate, even with this week’s spotlight on it. Regardless of which side they stand on the issue, NFL fans will have the opportunity to watch two of the best ever to play quarterback square off on Sunday night in a must-see, nationally televised matchup.