Aaron Rodgers is dead according to the Internet. Everyone believes the Packers quarterback will never return to prominence according to all of the different articles on Tuesday. It’s almost like writers competed to see how could they make it sound more like Rodgers is an average quarterback these days. People are happily putting dirt on him. No one disagrees that Green Bay has some major issues with their quarterback, but to write out their eulogy right now is a little over-the-top.
There’s too much information on the Internet. We all know that. Everyone has become a video expert due to All-22 film. We can watch film all day and see Rodgers missed primary targets plus other red flags. There are issues with his feet and not stepping into throws among other things. Yet it’s really hard to know the true in’s and out’s of what’s going through Rodgers’ head in all these plays. Every Tuesday, I miss Tuesday’s with Aaron because that was the best way to know what’s going through Aaron’s head even if they weren’t completely legitimate answers, we still got a good idea of what’s going on.
Sure, there’s the whole point of ‘tape doesn’t lie.’ I understand that, but it’s hard to believe Rodgers is washed at this point. There are too many times where we disregard an elite athlete after a downturn in their career then they prove us all long. If Rodgers did this against Indianapolis or New Orleans, there are some real concerns. But against Minnesota, they’re one of the best defenses in the league, and Mike Zimmer has his number. Vikings head coach is in his head just like the Harbaugh-led San Francisco teams where Rodgers couldn’t put it together against them.
People are looking at 2015 numbers as the story here with saying it carried over to 2016. To me, that’s a little flawed for a variety of reasons. Tom Clements isn’t calling plays, Eddie Lacy is at his maintainable weight, Jordy Nelson is back, Jared Cook is on the team. 2015 is an apple and 2016 is an orange. There’s no reason to look at 2015 to explain 2016 thus far. Rather, it’s a crutch for people’s arguments saying that Rodgers is officially done from being an elite quarterback. That’s a bad way to do things. If we are going to look at 2015 versus 2016, let’s get a little bit more of a sample size than just two games.
The only real issue that might be an actual thing that’s broken is Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers can’t stand each other. Packers, players and coaches have tried to mend fences, and it’s not working. In a weird twist of fate, the pupil became the student as Brett Favre had his issues with Mike Holmgren then received a yes man with Mike Sherman and finished out with a falling out with McCarthy. Would Rodgers get his own version of Sherman or Ray Rhodes? That could be a real possibility if this season goes poorly. Let’s wait and see on that one. There’s no need to be body language experts or wonder about significant other’s.
Here’s the craziest thing about this new Rodgers narrative, we really probably can’t come to a conclusion with Rodgers and the Packers offense until December. There are no Super Bowl won in September. Let us not forget that Packers were the six week Super Bowl champion last season. Detroit will be a good heat check to see if anything changes with Rodgers and the offense. Green Bay goes on bye the following week which actually might be better than expected with all of the early issues.
Rodgers has fallen, but he’s going to get back up again. The question is will he rise all the way back to the top?