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When Brian Brohm was Greater than Aaron Rodgers

Brian Brohm, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn

Remember Brian Brohm?

Probably not, unless you’re a Louisville Cardinals fan.

He was a second-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2008. He was once considered a can’t-miss quarterback prospect and presented great value for the Packers in that draft, even though they had just turned the team over to Aaron Rodgers.

Brohm lasted a little over a year in Green Bay.

As a rookie, he was the team’s third quarterback behind Rodgers and Matt Flynn, a seventh-round pick in the same draft. The Packers cut Brohm on September 5, 2009 and then signed him to the practice squad.

The Buffalo Bills poached Brohm from the Packers’ practice squad in November of that year. He lasted though the 2010 season as a backup in Buffalo and has been out of the NFL since.

Not really the career the Packers or anyone else envisioned for Brohm. He wasn’t able to adapt to the speed of the NFL early on and then seemed to lose his confidence. He never regained it.

There was a time, however, that some people thought Brian Brohm was better than Aaron Rodgers.

Those people were Todd McShay and Merrill Hoge.

Two guys paid to be wrong about football.

That’s laughable now, of course, which is why we find this clip so funny.

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16 Comments

  1. Richard March 3, 2016

    It’s not laughable to Ted. Knowing what we know now, he probably thought the same thing or he never would have spent a pick that high on a quarterback. At the very least he probably thought they were equals

  2. John smith March 3, 2016

    LOL. Not even Ted Thompson and Mike McCarty trusted Rodgers enough going into the 2008 season. They drafted a QB in the 2nd and 7th round just to be sure that they had a backup plan in case rodgers was bust. That’s how stupid Ted is….

  3. elafave March 3, 2016

    Stupud?? I dont thunk Ted is infallible by any means but to call him stupid? You’re looking at the situation in hindsight. Brohm was a stud at Louisville and if I’m not correct were ranked top 10 when he was there. People were worried about Aaron’s fragility… getting BB where he was got was a great deal. Even though he washed out, what would we have done had 12 gotten injured?? Fielded a team sans QB? Use your effin’ noodle before you post.

    1. PF4L March 3, 2016

      Saying Brohm was a great deal, is like saying Justin Harrell was a great deal, or maybe Pat Lee.

  4. elafave March 3, 2016

    *think BTW

  5. shawn March 3, 2016

    Remember this when Brohm was drafted. I thought these guys were complete idiots.
    Yeah, TT was so unsure of Rodgers that he had the BALLS to trade the legend and incite half the fanbase into calling for his head. Stupid effin take.
    But it isn’t show-friends, its show-business. TT learned that from Ron Wolf. Rodgers had not proven himself durable. In fact, most Favre-fanatics swore he wouldn’t make it through a season, and if he did get hurt, you better damn well have a fall back option. Brian Brohm was a damn steal at this spot, and if he turned into any kind of quarterback, the Packers could have traded him for a 2-4th round pick after a couple seasons.

    1. PF4L March 3, 2016

      Well, Rodgers proved to be very durable. So much so that TT was’t all that big with back up options. Enter the dynamic duo of Seneca Wallace, and Vince Young. What a fuck story of a circus that was with those two clowns. Not TT’s most shining moment.

      1. Empacador March 4, 2016

        I said a couple months ago I thought the Vince Young/Seneca Wallace debacle had more to do with McCarthy signing off than Thompson. With McCarthy’s vaunted QB school, you would think they would both be on the same page and have their QBs set early enough to attend this school. Which they should hold before the draft. That way if any guys flame out, they get a chance to reload in the draft, like they did in 2008.

  6. Empacador March 3, 2016

    I thought they drafted a couple QBs because they needed a backup and didn’t want any retreads. Remember, Favre retired in March of that year. What were they supposed to do? As a poster above said, go with only Rodgers and no other QB? THAT would have been stupid.

    They took a flyer on Flynn and were expecting to have Brohm back up Rodgers. Yeah, pretty sure Brohm was considered great value where he was picked and even available there. And then Flynn not only outplayed Brohm, but cashed in a few times during his career, unlike Brohm.

  7. elafave March 4, 2016

    Said with hindsight… use your fucking head.

    1. Empacador March 4, 2016

      Not sure who your comment was directed towards. If it was me, I was completely agreeing with your comments earlier, both with only having Rodgers on the roster, and picking Brohm.

      However, I never thought for 1 second that Rodgers was “frail” or that Brohm was considered as good as or better than Rodgers. The same way I don’t think Hundley is better than Rodgers. Hundley very well may turn out to be, but we don’t know that today. I think in light of the circumstances and where each ended up being drafted made complete sense.

      The only hindsight in my post, again if it was directed toward me, was what actually occurred after Flynn and Brohm were drafted. I don’t think Thompson was stupid for drafting Brohm; too bad it ended up being a wasted pick. Had Thompson known he would have wasted a second round pick on Brohm, you would think/hope he would have gone another direction with that second pick. But at that time Brohm was considered a potential 1st rounder, being compared to Drew Brees.

      http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/brian-brohm?id=198

  8. elafave March 4, 2016

    *in reply to PFail… Everyone’s a friggin expert on last year. :eyeroll: I can picked yesterday’s lotto numbers too…

  9. Kato March 4, 2016

    Great analysis Shaun, as usual.

    Wow, the collective stupidity of this board is getting worse by the day, please notify your local EPA office and have them do home testing of lead in the water coming out of your faucets, don’t need any more Flint’s.

    Let’s go back in time. The packers were coming off an OT loss in the NFC championship game, and had fielded a pretty good roster the year before, not a lot of holes to fill. Other than #4’s shoes of course. Then there were needs at safety (an upgrade alongside Nick Collins ) and more depth at corner and receiver. Rodgers was set to fill the shoes of Favre, but there were questions of his durability. He had broken his left foot in 2006, tore his acl his sophomore year of college I believe.

    So with a solid roster in place, TT probably thought he could afford a qb at that spot, and was considered a great value pick at that spot, especially since Brohm was considered the consensus #1 overall pick going into his final college season for the NFL draft the following year, until his play slipped a bit. Much like Christian Hackenburg this year.

    Oh, and the pick before Brohm was Jordy Nelson. Please tell me more about how TT is a blithering fool.

  10. elafave March 4, 2016

    @empacador… it wasn’t boss. I knew you were in agreement. When you use the comments via cellphone, even if you hit the reply button they still don’t cascade properly. Sorry about any confusion. You obviously have a decent football coconut.

  11. Kato March 4, 2016

    Elefave- you know what’s up, needs to be more people like you on this board.

  12. elafave March 6, 2016

    Thanks, Kato. I read every article, but don’t have much time to comment. I try when I can. Your comment above your previous one is spot on. ?