Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers Crowned No. 1 in Jaws' Quarterback Countdown Series on SportsCenter

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July 10th, 2012

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Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers Crowned No. 1 in Jaws' QB Countdown Series
ESPN’s 30-part Jaws' QB Countdown series concluded today during the 9 a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter as 2011 NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers was unveiled as Jaworski’s No. 1 quarterback. Since June 11, NFL analyst and noted film room guru Ron Jaworski has examined each of The League’s veteran starting quarterbacks and Tim Tebow in the daily series. The three-minute segments -- produced by the NFL Matchup team at NFL Films – aired daily throughout the past month on NFL Live (4 p.m., ESPN), NFL32 (6 p.m., ESPN2) and other editions of SportsCenter.
Below are transcribed comments from Jaworski’s assessment of Rodgers. (For summaries of all 30 NFL veteran quarterbacks, click here.)
Jaws’ QB Countdown Series Rankings:
No. 30 Tim Tebow, New York Jets
No. 29 Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars
No. 28 Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings
No. 27 Matt Flynn, Seattle Seahawks
No. 26 Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins
No. 25 Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals
No. 24 Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills
No. 23 Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
No. 22 Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs
No. 21 Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders
No. 20 Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
No. 19 Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
No. 18 Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans
No. 17 Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No. 16 Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers
No. 15 Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
No. 14 Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
No. 13 Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
No. 12 Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
No. 11 Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
No. 10 Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
No. 9 Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
No. 8 Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
No. 7 Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
No. 6 Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
No. 5 Eli Manning, New York Giants
No. 4 Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
No. 3 Tom Brady, New England Patriots
No. 2 Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
No. 1 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
No. 1 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers:
“Drum roll, please! Here it is. My No. 1 quarterback, no surprise, it’s Aaron Rodgers. Very few quarterbacks in NFL history have had Rodgers’ exceptional combination of velocity and accuracy, elite arm strength and pin-point ball location. Was there any better example of that than this 3rd and 10, fourth-quarter throw in Super BowlXLV?
“You know what I love most about that throw? Rodgers’ instinctive willingness to pull the trigger. He made it because he knew he could make it. One critical measure of high-level play is the ability to execute versus the blitz. Rodgers’ rating in 2011 was 136, easily the best in the NFL. He was outstanding beating the man coverage that you primarily see with blitz. Again, a function of his accuracy, or as I’ve said many times, ball location.
“Rodgers also defeated the blitz with his movement and his extraordinary ability to throw on the run. No quarterback delivers on the move as well as Rodgers – velocity and accuracy. There’s a larger, more significant issue that speaks to Rodgers’ greatness. He can beat the defense even when the defense wins, whether it’s blitz or a three-man pressure with eight in coverage. The Panthers dropped eight in coverage. Rodgers was not comfortable within the progression of the play. The defense won early in the down. Rodgers extended the play. He broke down the discipline of the coverage. He beat the defense late in the down with a downfield throw. Again, the ability to drive the ball on the move down the field, that’s a rare trait.
“Add running ability to Rodgers’ special throwing skillset and you have the most physically-gifted quarterback in The League. Numerous times last season, I saw Rodgers defeat a predominant NFL coverage, man-under, two-deep, with his recognition and running. The man coverage undercut the routes and there was help over the top. The coverage won. A perfectly-executed coverage concept still resulted in an explosive 25-yard run.
“Aaron Rodgers is my No. 1 quarterback. He has all the attributes that I love: accuracy, velocity, movement, toughness. Those attributes lead to elite play and wins. He’s won two out of every three starts and a Super Bowl championship.”
 
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