Originally posted by DaNiners:
Actually Memphis, the guys right. Had we picked Rodgers we would probably be in the playoffs right now (just like GB will). Statistically, GB has a worse OL and their D is no more consistent. Big difference is at QB (admittedly a better receiving core, but ours is not bad)...Smith is no Rodgers by any measure. It is a stupid, dumb, putrid argument for anyone here to make.
Right now, Smith is better than maybe a third of QB's out there and that is not saying much since most of those QB's (and their QB's) suck. We better hope AS gets a hell of a lot better, or he and Sing will be MIA by midseason and the Davis experiment will officially begin.
No he is not right, you are assuming that Rodgers would have developed like he has even though he wouldn't have had the advantages of being on a better team, with a better mentor, better coaching and continuity. That is the end of that argument, the bottom line is that this team was just plain terrible at the time and had no business drafting any QB before they built the foundation to help him succeed. No one says Smith and Rodgers are the same, just that if you switched their situations the guy with GB would be doing better than the guy here due to the circumstances they would have been through and the situation they are in. It is simple logic, not hard to understand.
By the way, prior to being torched by Big Ben, GB had the #3 defense, where our D is ranked 28th, so your statement about the D's being equal just doesn't make sense. Neither does comparing our wideouts, until Crabs signed we had a washed up #2 as our primary receiver. The most important thing that Rodgers has had however is continuity around him, He has had 7 fewer OC's than Smith, who has had to learn new systems every year. How is a guy supposed to get comfortable with his system when it changes every year? I do not know if Smith will ever be a top tier QB, but he has showed he has the skills to make the throws. You guys trying to say the guy cannot play in the NFL are just plain ridiculous though, he has shown that he can, he just needs to be much more consistent before I am sold on him. I am just getting tired of running the same scenario that has worked so well for the lions for the past decade or two. The revolving door of players/personnel/coaches has to stop or we will forever be in this state of flux that is making even the die hards miserable.