Back-to-back MVPs, multiple All-Pro selections, generational talent, beloved (maybe) by his teammates... Aaron Rodgers once had it all. Then this year happened. After signing a contract that paid him enough to buy the complete Jeopardy DVD set, Rodgers has come crashing down to Earth in marvelous fashion.
And he’s a big reason why the Packers have lost two straight games where they were favored to win by more than a touchdown.
On average he gains fewer yards per throw than Andy Dalton, has a lower QB rating than Mitch Trubisky and leads the league in throws at or behind the line of scrimmage. This leaves him as the 32nd out of 33 players in air yards per completion. In layman's terms, when a Packer player catches a Rodgers ball this year, they’re forced to do much if not all of the work.
Could this all be on the new crop of wide receivers? Did losing Davante Adams and Marquez Valdez-Scantling mean that much? Does the offense need to be ‘simpler’ in order for the young growing brains of Rodgers’ teammates to understand? Or does Rodgers need to look at himself in the mirror and take what the defense gives him?
This week the Packers face one of the worst teams in the NFL. They also face a defensive line that is fourth in the league in sacks.
Good luck, Aaron!