Cory's Corner: Convergence of Favre & Rodgers

When Patrick Mahomes burst onto the NFL scene, many compared him to the Packers’ original gunslinger: Brett Favre. 

But that’s not entirely true. While Mahomes does possess a rocket launcher and is willing to make the unexplainable throw, the best description of Mahomes would be a split between Favre and Aaron Rodgers. 

Mahomes is going to win the MVP this year because he was willing to walk the tight rope and take chances like Favre while operating masterfully presnap like Rodgers. 

But there’s one element that intersects both Packers passers that Mahomes has already aced: extending plays. Getting outside the pocket and extending plays has become a cliché now that defenders are afraid to tackle a quarterback, but Mahomes has consistently turned broken plays into big plays. Like in Week 15 vs. San Diego, Mahomes pirouetted three defenders, lost 24 yards but still threw a laser and completed a first down on third-and-4. Or in Week 16 at Seattle, it looked like Mahomes was going to keep the ball and continue running to his left. However, he stuck his right foot in the ground and threw a three-quarter-delivery fastball across his body to a streaking Charcandrick West for the touchdown. 

Mahomes led the NFL in passing touchdowns by 11, led the league in 25-yard passes or more with 52 and he led the league with 24 second half passing touchdowns. That doesn’t happen for a guy being a starter for the first time in his career. 

But like Favre and Rodgers, Mahomes isn’t going to be like a comet that burns out too quickly. That doesn’t mean that Mahomes is perfect by any means. The one critical thing for Mahomes has been that he holds on to the ball too long. According to Pro Football Focus, Mahomes is third in the NFL with 11 picks when given 2.5 seconds or more. Sounds a lot like Rodgers right? Except, Rodgers is third in the NFL in sacks taken with that much time because Rodgers is allergic to interceptions. 

Mahomes has been a marvel this season and he has made the game really fun. He always has that Favre smile on his face while keeping that steely-eyed focus of Rodgers. 

The thing that has really impressed me about Mahomes is that he has stayed within himself. Mahomes has a great arm, but his efficiency is fantastic. He didn’t throw his first pick until Week 5. He completed 70 percent or more of his passes in seven games and that includes an absurd 82 percent in Week 2 at Pittsburgh.

Mahomes has made it look easy and this is technically his first go around. That’s what’s scary. Many have cited Mahomes’ 13-16 record at Texas Tech as to why Mahomes will be a flash in the pan, but the Red Raiders’ average defensive ranking in his three years was 126 — that’s out of 128 teams. 

So when you watch Mahomes throwing darts through the bitter cold in Kansas City, be aware that you’re watching something that rarely happens. Granted, great quarterbacks come around all the time, but Mahomes already has it figured out. Even when it looks like Mahomes may be beaten, the convergence of Favre and Rodgers is what makes the ketchup-loving artist something truly special. 

 

 

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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Rossonero's picture

January 19, 2019 at 08:31 am

As long as Bears fans regret taking Trubiskey over Mahomes and Watson, then I'm fine.

I can only hope a special QB is available for us to draft in 3-4 years. Rodgers needs to stop taking so many hits and get rid of the football quicker if he really wants to play into his 40s. Wherever that future QB is, he's on a high school or college field somewhere...

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Jonathan Spader's picture

January 19, 2019 at 09:00 am

Keep an eye on Trevor Lawrence Clemson's QB.

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Rossonero's picture

January 19, 2019 at 10:52 am

Do you think he'll leave for the NFL after the 2019 season?

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Jonathan Spader's picture

January 19, 2019 at 01:27 pm

Hard to say he is only a freshman at just 19 years old. I'm assuming he'll play out his sophomore year and depending on how that goes declare early or play again as a junior. The kid looks like a special talent though. I'm hoping that GB stockpiles draft capital and spends what it takes to land him.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

January 20, 2019 at 04:07 am

Everyone has to be three years removed from High School to be draft eligible. Is he even eligible for the 2020 draft?

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

January 20, 2019 at 04:13 am

"Lawrence is being lauded as one of the best draft prospects ever, but the problem is that he won’t be eligible to be picked until the 2021 NFL Draft." SBNation.

sbnation.com/2019/1/8/18173994/trevor-lawrence-nfl-draft-eligible-2021

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Pack_Fan_Forever's picture

January 19, 2019 at 08:24 am

Mahone is a solid superstar. It’s hard to imagine he would become a flash in the pan. The Chiefs are set at quarterback for the forseeable future unless injury intervenes. Wow would I love to have that guy in a Packers uniform.

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The TKstinator's picture

January 19, 2019 at 09:49 am

Maybe GB could trade Favre and Rodgers for Mahomes.

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dblbogey's picture

January 19, 2019 at 11:05 am

I think they'd have to throw in Lynn Dickey to complete that trade.

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dobber's picture

January 19, 2019 at 02:11 pm

If they ask for Jerry Tagge, too, that might be a little too much.

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The TKstinator's picture

January 19, 2019 at 03:53 pm

Maybe toss in Hadl.

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Packerpasty's picture

January 19, 2019 at 04:03 pm

not a flash in the pan but in the NFL teams catch on to everything and everybody, plus good players get injured, traded, leave, retire...things are looking good for the chiefs right now but "stuff" can go downhill in a hurry in the NFL....i.e. Packers...Jags...Giants...Panthers..VIKES!!!....

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Samson's picture

January 19, 2019 at 09:01 am

Mahomes is an incredible talent. -- I'm not sure that I've ever seen an athlete play at such a high level so consistently. -- Maybe Michael Jordan & a few others, but not many.

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LeotisHarris's picture

January 19, 2019 at 07:32 pm

Easy now. Remember it wasn't so long ago everyone was certain of a place in Canton for Michael Vick. He was unstoppable! Tilted the field.

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Rebecca's picture

January 19, 2019 at 09:22 am

Give Mahonnes the right side of the Packers' O-Line and see how well he does. It's still a team effort in getting to the Super Bowl. Ask us about being pushed around the last couple of years.

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dblbogey's picture

January 19, 2019 at 11:09 am

Anyone who has been a fan since 1492 deserves an upvote.

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Leatherhead's picture

January 19, 2019 at 11:12 am

RGIII comes to mind. We'll see what Mahomes looks like after he's been crushed a couple of times.

The last two years, I've argued we should take a QB early in the draft. Look at the guys we' ve passed on.

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fastmoving's picture

January 19, 2019 at 11:19 am

better than everyone else and way better than AR in 2018 thats for sure. But we got 2019 so there is hope…..

Besides that Kansas has no special O line or something.

And RG3 did a lot of running in his rookie season, but he was not even in the same ballpark with Mahomes this year. Dont think he can hold that up, its just too good. But he can be a special player….

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Skip greenBayless's picture

January 19, 2019 at 03:52 pm

There's only one other qb that I can think of other than Mahomes that has incredible once in a decade arm strength, smarts and pocket presence that also came from a non winning college team so many doubted his abilities. Of course I am talking about rookie phenom qb Timothy Boyle. Boyle is eerily on a similar path as Mahomes. Sitting for a full year to learn but I am telling you all, watch out next season for Boyle. Rodgers is going to have his hands full trying to keep his starting job.

Dash

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Packerpasty's picture

January 19, 2019 at 04:11 pm

hope so, at U conn one td and thirteen int's...sure has a strong arm, but even Uncle Rico could throw a ball over the mountains...

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Skip greenBayless's picture

January 19, 2019 at 11:26 pm

Just spent last 6 hours going over game film of Boyle in my heated basement and thank God as it's 25 below wind chill tonight. Anyway, all 13 int's I have determined were a result of either poor routes by the receivers and drops that went into the hands of the defender. Boyle have very little talent to work with in college. When he did have talent as in the preseason, he was unstoppable with Kumerow and MVS as his main targets. J'Mon Moore could have made himself and Boyle the stars of the total NFL last preseason had he caught the balls thrown right in his hands. Boyle had three perfect long deep passes for easy scores had J'Mon just caught the ball. J'Mon kept Boyle off the radar. Maybe a good thing in the long run we'll see.

Dash

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Pierre's picture

January 20, 2019 at 09:12 am

Interesting information on Boyle playing the QB position. He’s just got to to get a chance with this Packers team to show what he can do at QB. Boyle does impress with the skills he has shown at QB last preseason, especially how he stands in the pocket and throws such an accurate deep ball. He should have got a half to play along with Kizer versus the Lions as he does have more potential and the Packers need to keep him in their future plans.
I could see Boyle coming in a game for Rodgers, if injured next season, and start throwing completed passes like Rodgers did in his first relief appearance against the Cowboys when Farve was the starting QB for the Packers.

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edp1959's picture

January 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm

Ahh...isn't it so nice to watch two Vikings love birds talk about their favorite subject together. Give us more wisdom Dash and Pierre.

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Skip greenBayless's picture

January 20, 2019 at 01:13 pm

Can I ask you simple question edp (extra dumb person?) What the HELL in your deranged mind would make you think that Pierre and I are Viking fans? Seriously, I want to know how extra dumb people like you think from reading two Packers fans talk about a Packers player they are extremely high on. Are you and Lare dating?

Dash

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January 21, 2019 at 06:34 am

Dash,
Love your optimism in Boyle and hope you are right. I too see talent in Boyle and his passes down the field of 30 to 40+ yards are a thing of beauty. Some of the best looking passes I have ever seen. A serious travesty that Philbin and company did not play Boyle during those last 3 games. Even one quarter of live playing action would have done tremendous good for Boyle this offseason going into next year.

Count me on the Boyle bandwagon and I will be watching him close this upcoming season. My question should the Pack NOT hire a QB coach will Boyle and Kizer get the one on one coaching they need to develop?

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Flow49's picture

January 19, 2019 at 09:04 pm

Mahomes has a tremendous amount of talent at skill positions around him. I’ll remain skeptical until he does it again next year. And I find it hard to believe those fade away off the back foot across the field passes will always work so well for him.

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January 20, 2019 at 01:28 pm

So given this article...who’s taking the Pats and who is taking the chiefs? I don’t care about either one. But I wouldn’t bet money on the chiefs.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

January 20, 2019 at 01:49 pm

I really want the Patriots to lose. I fully expect the Pateiots to come up with a brilliant game plan and get some help from the referees. The great part if the NFL is you never know what's going to happen.

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