Surprise—arguably the three most deserving 2016 NFL MVP candidates find themselves among the final four teams vying for the Super Bowl: Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, and Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons, in no particular order.
While Ryan leads the trio in completion percentage, yardage, and a whole mess of advanced statistics, it would appear based on some recent comments from Brady that the New England star is ready to hand it to Rodgers.
“I think he does things that no one in the league has ever done, or can do, just because of his physical ability,” Brady said during a Monday on WEEI. “Some of the plays he makes are just phenomenal. I’ve seen a lot of them. Not just the throws, but the scrambles. He had one in the Giants game and some of the plays yesterday.
“It’s just his style of play. He’s been doing that for awhile, so I always love watching his tape, admiring what he can do because I can’t do many of those things. He’s just had an incredible season. He’s definitely on a roll so it’s going to be a hell of a game—Atlanta and Green Bay.”
Brady has also been fantastic this season, but his four-game suspension to start the season—regardless of its merit—will likely count against him, despite his leading the Patriots to an 11-1 record after returning.
After a 4-6 start to Packers' season, Rodgers has carried his squad to eight consecutive wins and the NFC championship game against Ryan's Falcons.
“I think he makes everything look so simple because he has such an efficient delivery,” Brady continued. “Everything really looks effortless with him, which is the amazing part. He’s definitely working hard, but he’s making hard look easy; it’s a very effortless style he plays with. The velocity of the ball, the placement of the ball, I mean, he’s just an incredible player. He works very hard at it, he’s a very talented player, and he’s just having an incredible season.
“I always love watching his tape, admiring the things he can do, because I can’t do many of those things. … Whenever he’s on, I usually stay up and watch.”
Brady said Rodgers' physical talents make him truly unique in NFL history.
“I think he does things that no one in the league has ever done, or can do, just because of his physical ability,” he said. “Some of the plays he makes are just phenomenal.”