Aaron Rodgers is an elite talent. No one questions that. Many think he’s a sure-fire Hall of Famer. For the past year, he’s not playing like it. Since Week 8 of last year, to say the the two-time league MVP and 2011 Super Bowl champion has been average is a charitable assessment.
Among NFL quarterbacks since Week 8 of 2015, Rodgers is 25th in passer rating (84.1), 30th completion percentage (57.9), and 30th passing yards per attempt (6.1). Those are actual numbers, not opinions. Brian Hoyer is currently playing better than Rodgers. That’s not an exaggeration, but a statistical fact.
Rodgers has managed to effectively deflect criticism during the downturn, largely because the Packers fans and media have been willing to look the other way, with the assumption that it’s a matter of time until he reverts back to his MVP form. That teflon layer officially came off after the Packers offense sputtered yet again in Sunday’s home loss to the Cowboys.
Today in The Herd, Colin said he believes that Rodgers’ poor play, combined with a reputation around the league as being overly sensitive and condescending, has made him more comparable to Jay Cutler than Tom Brady.
“Aaron Rodgers is a lot closer to Jay Cutler, personality-wise, than he is to Tom Brady. There I said it. I have sources to back it up. I’ve had current Packers talk about it.”
Colin added that the Rodgers is a superior quarterback to Cutler, but if you do a blind comparison it’s hard to differentiate between the two.
“I’m going to say these words, and I want you to think of an NFL quarterback when I say them. Smart. Moody. Huge arm. Ad-libs too much. Difficult to coach. Blasted by ex-teammates. Went to an academic power, not a football power. Their significant other has a Hollywood connection. Who am I talking about?”
Who is he talking about? Here’s a hint. It’s not Tom Brady.
Here’s Colin on Speak for Yourself talking Rodgers and Cutler yesterday.
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) October 18, 2016