PFF ranks Packers’ Aaron Rodgers the second most ‘clutch’ quarterback in 2018
Imagine throwing for 4,442 yards, 25 touchdowns, and just two interceptions while completing 62.3 percent of your passes and registering a passer rating of 97.6 and still hearing people say that you had a bad year. Well, that is the situation in which Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers found himself this past season, as the two-time MVP faced heavy criticism for missing throws and for his questionable leadership abilities.
While the latter is a subject in and of itself that has nothing to do with his actual performance, all of the griping about Rodgers’ play on the field in 2018 was a bit ridiculous, and Pro Football Focus confirms that by showing how Rodgers was actually the second-most clutch signal-caller in the NFL this past season.
Mr. Clutch. pic.twitter.com/Qhp3fCeNh8
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 22, 2019
The only guy ahead of him? Oh, just the greatest quarterback of all-time in Tom Brady.
Rodgers also made the Pro Bowl this past year, further evidence that he was not nearly as “bad” as people were led to believe.
Of course, the fact that the Packers were not very good did not help matters much, as Green Bay went just 6-9-1 and missed the playoffs, marking the first time since 2006 that the Packers failed to qualify for the postseason in back-to-back campaigns.
Ironically enough, though, the main reason Green Bay missed the playoffs in 2017 was because Rodgers was sidelined for most of the year with a broken collarbone, resulting in the Packers going 7-9.
Now, Green Bay has a new head coach in Matt LaFleur and a revamped defense and seems primed to make a run in the NFC in 2019.