Since taking over the starting quarterback job from former Packers’ legend Brett Favre in 2008, Aaron Rodgers has proven to be one of, if not the best, quarterbacks in the National Football League. To date, Rodgers has thrown 274 touchdowns and only 69 interceptions. This gives him a TD:INT ratio of 3.97 for his career, which is the best in NFL history. In addition to his excellent TD:INT ratio, Rodgers has also passed for over 34,000 yards and boasts a 65 percent completion percentage, which is good for sixth all-time. Rodgers also currently has the highest passer rating in NFL history at 103.6. It is these lofty numbers that have set the bar so high for Rodgers, which makes it sometimes impossible for even him to reach.
Since the start of the 2015 season, Rodgers has been much maligned for his supposed less than stellar play. These aspersions cast against Rodgers are unwarranted and flat-out comical.
In the 2015 season, Rodgers threw 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also posted a 60.7 completion percentage, threw for 3,821 yards, and clocked in with a 92.7 passer rating.
Rodgers’ 2015 completion percentage and TD:INT ratio was actually better than Cam Newton of the Panthers, who was named the league MVP last season. He also was just about seven points worse on passer rating and had just 16 less passing yards than Newton. Man, Rodgers really does suck.
Let’s keep in mind that Rodgers’ numbers were just marginally worse than the league MVP’s and it was perhaps the worst year of Rodgers’ career. Like I said before, his standards are just set so high that sometimes he has to actually be perfect to even get the slightest hint of recognition.
Here in 2016, the scrutiny against Rodgers has continued in full force. Right now, Rodgers has 17 touchdowns and four interceptions in addition to a 65 percent completion percentage and a 96.4 passer rating on the season. Man, this guy is horrible! You’re telling me he has what would be the best ever TD:INT ratio, and the sixth best ever completion percentage in terms of career this year? This guy is so bad he shouldn’t even be on a team!
All jokes aside, I have yet to even mention Rodgers’ piss poor supporting cast.
Can anybody with a straight face tell me that the Packers even have a remotely good team around Rodgers? Seriously, take Rodgers off this or last years Packers’ teams. Would they even win four games?
The media just flat out doesn’t like Rodgers if we’re being honest. Last year Rodgers didn’t even have his top weapon in Jordy Nelson. This year, Rodgers has Nelson back but he’s a shell of his former self. He looks old and injury riddled. In addition to throwing to a washed up Nelson, Rodgers also has the most average receiver ever in Randall Cobb at his disposal. Then there’s Richard Rodgers, the most mediocre tight end to ever live. I almost forgot; Rodgers’ receiving core is so bad he had to lace a touchdown to some guy named Geronimo Allison last week. Geronimo is such a no-namer that pro-football-reference doesn’t even have his stats listed, and trust me they have everyone on there. Call me crazy, but I don’t think you’re going to be telling your kids about Geronimo.
Seriously, the media just needs to come together and send out a press release that says, “We hate Aaron Rodgers.” It’d be the most truthful sentiment ever uttered. The media has been all over Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr, hyping him as the greatest thing since sliced bread and a top MVP candidate, despite the fact that he has near identical numbers to Rodgers while throwing to much better weapons.
The media also has been all over Tom Brady. What a shocker. Some are even calling him MVP worthy after playing just four of the Patriots’ first eight games (suspension), which is an absolutely ludicrous assertion. Brady’s team went 3-1 without him, despite having to use a third string quarterback for two of those games. He’s so valuable his team was on pace to win 12 games without him. Since Brady’s return the Patriots have gone 4-0, meaning he’s improved them by a mind blowing 25 percent. What a joke. I’m telling you right now, if Rodgers didn’t play in his teams’ first four games they’d be 0-4, no doubt about it. They could even play the Browns four games in a row and still lose them all.
While we’re on the topic, there is also this talk that has been ongoing for a number of years now about how Brady has no weapons. Are people actually serious? Brady has THE weapon. Some around the NFL have called tight end Rob Gronkowski the hardest player to game-plan for in the entire league. Gronk is literally the best tight end to ever live; yet everyone will sit there and say, “Brady has no one to throw to, Rodgers does.” Give me a break.
The bottom line is that the media doesn’t like Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers could go out this Sunday and throw 10 touchdowns and the media would say, “That’s it?” I don’t know why the media doesn’t like Rodgers. He’s never been in a hint of legal trouble, spied on other teams, or deflated footballs. Perhaps it’s Rodgers’ arrogance that has the masses forming against him. Not liking a guy based on his personality shouldn’t cloud your judgment when evaluating him as a player. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter. Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the league. If he keeps up at his current pace and the Packers can put a half decent supporting cast around him, he’ll have an argument one day for being the greatest quarterback of all time.