Before I begin I'd like to say this is a post that welcomes people that disagree. I want to have someone present a solid case that will help me "see the light" and begin to agree with seemingly every other football fan.
For now though, here goes.
Am I the only one that thinks Aaron Rodgers just isn't that great?
His stats are nice. He is a superbowl champion, and wins a lot of games. Still, I am not ready to put in him the second tier of Quarterbacks.
When I see a Packers game, Rodgers does a lot of good. He throws a great long ball, has poise, and doesn't make crucial mistakes. However, what I also see is that he has a tremendous amount of help. His offensive line gives him a lot of time to throw. His running game is sub par at times but always gives him key 3rd downs or sets him up with easy 3rd downs. His defense is absolutely phenomenal, and he always throws to WIDE OPEN receivers.
Don't get me wrong, I am not punishing the guy for having a great supporting cast. That is not his fault. I am just not ready to put him in that next level because I have never seen him grind out a win. I have watched many, many Packers games. And Rodgers does not impress me incredibly because he never seems to thread the needle into triple coverage. Whenever he has those drives where the secondary covers his receivers and he is getting pressured, they always go 3 and out. He never overcomes true adversity.
How many times do we see a game where Peyton is rushed incredibly? He gets 3 seconds to throw, and has to throw into a sea of defenders, not to mention he is getting hit every other play and out running game isnt working? Yet Peyton grinds out touchdowns. How many times do we wear Brady out? We sack the shit out of him, hit him constantly, and cover his receivers well? All the time! yet that talented s.o.b.(I hate him, but I also respect him) finds a way to thread the needle and kill us!
I just dont see this in Rodgers. He has great games because he throws to wide open receivers. Half his passes could be made by high school quarter backs. And once again, I am not blaming him for having a great supporting cast. All I'm saying is on the drives he does score, it is because he had wide open receivers and great field positioning. Of all the Packers games I watch, he always seems to come up short when the defense is playing well. So what do they do? They punt, and surely 1 or 2 possessions later his great defense will get him great field positioning, and his wide receivers get wide open and he scores.
I am just not very impressed... I want to see him grind out a win in a game where his defense is shit and his recievers are covered and often dropping the ball. The Packers do have games where they play like shit, and they never seem to win them because Rodgers doesnt step up when his team is playing like garbage.
PS: I wrote this while watching the Falcons-Packers post game highlight reel. All of his highlights were to open recievers who gained a LOT of Yards after the catch... Once again, I want to be proven wrong. I want to see the light...
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