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Max Kellerman says Bill Belichick would rather have Aaron Rodgers than Tom Brady

Alex Reimer
November 01, 2018 - 2:44 pm

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are facing off Sunday night, which means it’s time for national pundits to stoke up their favorite meaningless debate: which all-time great quarterback is better?

On ESPN’s “First Take” Thursday, Max Kellerman took the hackneyed conversation in a different direction, saying he thinks Bill Belichick would’ve swapped out Brady for Rodgers years ago, if the option were on the table.

“Belichick’s real success as a coach and GM comes from the fact he takes an unsentimental, sober view, and evaluates the players,” Kellerman said. “You’re to tell me he wanted Jimmy Garoppolo instead of Tom Brady, but he wouldn’t want Aaron Rodgers instead of Tom Brady? It’s not that Belichick would trade his past with Tom Brady, they’ve won five Super Bowls together! But heading into any one of those seasons, if Aaron Rodgers were available to be his quarterback, he would’ve done it, because Aaron Rodgers allows him to do more things.”

Kellerman’s argument kind of makes sense, provided one thinks Rodgers is better than Brady. And that’s where the whole thing falls apart. While Rodgers is more athletic Brady, the Patriots’ QB has posted better numbers in recent seasons –– never mind more Super Bowl rings. In the four full seasons since 2014, Brady has completed 65.4 percent of his passes for an average of 4,253 yards and 32.3 touchdowns per year to go along with 6.5 interceptions. Rodgers, meanwhile, has completed 64.1 percent of his throws for an average of 3,576 yards with 31.3 touchdowns and 6.5 picks. 

Of course, Rodgers only played in seven games last season due to injury, which further proves Brady’s superiority. Rodgers has missed 16 contests due to injury since 2013 –– and is dealing with an injured left knee right now –– whereas Brady hasn’t missed one snap due to physical ailments since 2008. 

The bulk of Rodgers’ lack of postseason success can be attributed to the relative mess around him. But in an one-on-one matchup, Brady edges him out. Belichick is probably just fine with his pass-thrower.