There has been a lot of talk the last few years about Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers regressing out of his prime.
For a guy past his prime, he still was able to lead the Packers to the No. 2 seed in the NFC. How much of the team’s success should be credited to him? Let’s take a deep dive into the pros and cons of the future Hall of Famers’ regular season to see just how good (or bad) he was this season.
A quick look at the basic stats for Rodgers shows that he looks like a top quarterback in the league. He started all 16 games for the Packers, throwing for 4,002 yards, 26 touchdowns, and only four interceptions in the process. In the last few years, Rodgers hasn’t taken many chances and has had no issues throwing the ball away.
The Packers know he isn’t going to make turnovers in key spots, and that is a big key for the offense. Even if he doesn’t always make the right throw, he isn’t going to make the wrong one.
He is also still the master at making checks at the line of scrimmage. Using the hard count to get defenses to show what they are doing, and changing the play to attack that has always been a specialty of Rodgers, and he is better than ever at it.
Most importantly for Rodgers, he is still leading the Packers to wins. Green Bay won 13 games during the regular season, and Rodgers’ play was a key reason why.
The cons for Rodgers come with the advanced stats that show he could be even better if he could do a few things just a little better. According to Player Profiler, Rodgers struggled with play-action completing only 61 percent of his passes, which was 29th in football.
He also has missed out on a lot of deep balls this season. Rodgers had completed only 34 percent of deep balls, which was 22nd in the NFL. Earlier in his career, he was elite with the deep ball, and this shows a significant drop-off.
Teams also had a lot of success throwing him off when they pressured him. He completed only 32.2 percent of his passes when pressured, which ranked 25th. If that is something that isn’t improved before next season, it’s going to be something that teams will continue to attack.
This season overall has been a success for Aaron Rodgers, but there is some room for improvement heading into next year.