Rodgers proves Thompson, McCarthy right

It's early, but the Packers haven't missed a beat since turning the page on the Favre era,'s Bob Fox says.

A lot of fans thought Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy were out of their minds when they were steadfast in their support of Aaron Rodgers and not receptive to Brett Favre returning to the team.

Favre has played pretty well with the New York Jets, especially since he had to learn a new offensive system. Favre has a 104.1 passer rating, with three touchdown passes, one interception and 375 passing yards. The Jets are 1-1, including a loss last week to the defending AFC champion New England Patriots. That's pretty good.

But Rodgers has been great. Rodgers has a 117.8 passer rating, with four TD passes, no interceptions and 506 passing yards. The Packers are 2-0 and alone in first place in the NFC North with two divisional victories.

It's early, but if the Pro Bowl were announced today, Rodgers would be going for the NFC. Rodgers would garner votes as league MVP. But again, it's early. Real early. Especially with the 2-0 and NFC favorite Dallas Cowboys coming to town on Sunday.

Rodgers knows all about the Cowboys. It was against Dallas last year when Rodgers proved to Thompson, McCarthy and some fans that he was ready to lead the Packers. In that game at Texas Stadium, Rodgers threw 20 completions in 28 attempts (71.4 percent) for 218 yards, with one touchdown and a passer rating of 106.

Both teams are 2-0. Both have good, young quarterbacks, as Wisconsin native Tony Romo will lead the Cowboys. The game will be the next big step for Rodgers.

The Rodgers era has begun in Green Bay. Even as the Favre era continues, albeit in a different location. While Rodgers and Favre are on pace for successful seasons, Rodgers has a better supporting cast and the Packers have the talent to match or exceed last season's success. While Favre has a chance to lead the Jets into the playoffs, he's not 24 like he was in 1993. Rodgers is 24 and entering the prime of his career.

It took a lot of guts for Thompson and McCarthy to go with Rodgers when they could have had Favre for another season. Favre was coming off of his best season since his MVP years, and the fallout of severing ties with the most popular player in franchise history was predictably was negative.

But the decision was made. Rodgers is now the guy in Green Bay. Rodgers is not only competing against talent in the NFL, but against the legend of Favre. It's surreal that both are playing at the same time. The Jets will be better in 2008 than they were in 2007 because of Favre and other additions to that squad. Again it's early, but the same might be said of the Packers with Rodgers leading them in 2008.

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