Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was only qualified QB to not throw an interception on a deep throw in 2018
It is no secret that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers endured a rough 2018 NFL season by his elite standards. However, it appears he is still among the league’s elite in one particular category.
Despite his struggles, Rodgers’ arm talent is still considered second to none. According to Pro Football Focus, he was the only qualified quarterback to not throw an interception on a deep pass this season:
Aaron Rodgers was the only qualified NFL QB to not throw an INT on deep passes this season – despite throwing the second-most deep pass attempts this year (91). pic.twitter.com/8NnEI2ER2f
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 21, 2019
This stat should come as no surprise considering Rodgers only threw two interceptions throughout the entire 2018 campaign. Unfortunately, this may be the most encouraging aspect of his season after completing just 62.3 percent of his passes for 4,442 yards. His 25 passing touchdowns were a career-low in seasons where he played in at least 15 games.
Regardless, this does not make the metric any less interesting. Head coach Matt LeFleur recently expressed his desire to lighten Rodgers’ workload on offense, however, this could be an area he digs further into for next season. There is no question that he is still widely considered the most talented quarterback in the league. It would make sense for Green Bay to look to exploit teams deep if they have a quarterback that is capable of putting it in the right spot nearly every time.
There has been plenty of speculation regarding how their new quarterback/head coach paring will work out. It is safe to that Rodgers likes to let it fly whenever he has an opportunity. LaFleur can get things off on the right foot by installing some more effective deep packages on offense for next year.