Packers’ Aaron Rodgers receives third-best franchise cornerstone ranking in the NFL
It’s been an offseason filled with drama for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. An explosive exposé from Bleacher Report on the tension between Rodgers and Mike McCarthy toward the end of the McCarthy era ensured the media focus wouldn’t be on football this offseason.
Amidst all of the chaos, it’s been more or less forgotten that Rodgers is still one of the top passers in the game. When ranking the top franchise cornerstones in the league, Chris Roling of Bleacher Report ranked Rodgers third.
“Things have been on the downswing for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers for a few years now. That doesn’t change the impressiveness of his feats, nor does it plant seeds of doubt about whether both can get back to elite form.”
Roling makes a good point. Just because the Packers haven’t made the playoffs the last couple of years doesn’t mean Rodgers isn’t still capable of playing at a very high level.
Rodgers has been hurt both of the last two years, and should hopefully be healthy in 2019. He’ll now be working with a new coach, Matt LaFleur, who he has a much better relationship with. The Packers hired LaFleur hoping he could provide a much-needed boost of energy, and so far it seems like he’s been pushing Rodgers in practice.
Roling finishes by saying “the hope in Green Bay now is that a new set of eyes on the situation and scheme can get Rodgers back out in front of the curve. He’s only 35 and tossed just two picks over 16 games last year, so he’s primed to sit No. 1 on this list once older guys in front of him step aside.”