Not that I'm an oracle or something, but both predictions came home to roost.
This Saturday night, the two franchise savers meet head-to-head in the NFC Divisional Playoffs at the Georgia Dome. Who will win? I say, who cares?
Here are two of the best QB prospects to hit the NFL in years on the field at the same time. Enjoy it.
Phil Simms compared the two this week in phone interview with reporters.....
"I tell you, I did not like him coming out of California," Simms said, referring to Rodgers. "I thought, man I don't know, this guy is not a number one pick. Then I saw him his third year in practice one day in Green Bay. I turned and I went, 'Oh my gosh.' I don't know what he did. I don't know how he fixed himself. But it's incredible. His talent is undeniable. He's like John Elway when John Elway took all those teams to the Super Bowl. I don't know if they were always deserving of it, but he brought their level of play up enough to get it done. I think Aaron Rodgers is capable of that.These two are made for stardom. Rodgers has thrown seven TD passes in his first two career playoff games, an NFL record. Rodgers waited patiently behind Favre and has made the most of his opportunity when it came about in 2008.
"Matt Ryan does a good job with the system," Simms said. "(Mike) Mularkey does an excellent, excellent job putting him in position. Very smart. He's a tall quarterback. I think he actually plays taller than his height at 6-foot-5. He's throwing the ball better than I thought he would be as a pro. Very, very accurate. I don't think he ever loses control of the football, which his a great thing."
In his 47 career starts, Rodgers has thrown for nearly 13,000 yards and has 87 TD strikes vs only 32 picks. His career passer rating is 98.4, the best among active signal callers.
Ryan came out Boston College in 2008 as a turnkey solution for Arthur Blank's beleaguered franchise. Not only did Vick leave the Falcons high and dry in 2007, the first-year head coach - Bobby Petrino - had abruptly abandoned ship with three games remaining .
In the 2008 NFL Draft, the Falcons made Ryan the third overall selection. In his three seasons, Ryan has paid paid big dividends. Not only is he a fresh new face for the franchise, his record as a starter is 33-13. The Falcons had never had back-to-back winning seasons in the 42-year history of the franchise.
Since Ryan's arrival, they have put together three-straight.