Another chapter in the continuing mystery of “What’s wrong with Aaron Rodgers?” was penned yesterday as the Packers were manhandled 30-16 by the Cowboys at home in front of the Lambeau faithful.
As impressive as the Cowboys and rookie Dak Prescott were, Green Bay was equally unimpressive. Rodgers stats weren’t atrocious (31/42, 294 yards, 1TD, 1 INT) , but the game tape tells a story of a Packer offense that continues to sputter along, and play well below expectations.
Rodgers continues to miss routine throws, or at least throws that he surely expects to complete, and make costly mistakes that kill small increments of momentum. At his best, he’s been almost automatic in the red zone. Yesterday, he coughed up a fumble at the Dallas 1-yard line in the 3rd quarter that deflated any hopes Green Bay had of getting back into the game.
His poor play, which at this point has been declining for a year, is even more puzzling because he hasn’t physically declined. He hasn’t lost his fastball, he’s just lost “it”.
Aspects of his game that were overlooked when things were going well, like sloppy footwork and bad mechanics, have come under a microscope by those who frantically search for the magic bullet that will fix him.
Rodgers has officially lost his cloak of invincibility, and his prickly personality makes him an easy target for salivating critics.
Today in The Herd, former Packer wide receiver, and Rodgers’ teammate, Greg Jennings said that the difference between Brett Favre and Rodgers in the face of criticism is all in their personalities.
“The difference between Aaron and Brett. Brett could take it. Aaron, he carries this mantra about himself. This arrogance, to where he deflects it immediately. There’s always this underlying jab that he throws in his comments.”
No reasonable person is saying that Rodgers is “done.” But the mystery surrounding what’s wrong with him, and how to fix it, will only continue to grow as each week passes, until he gets right.
After the Cowboys loss, Rodgers said he was going to grab a glass of scotch and watch some game film. If Green Bay loses next week, he may want to make it a double.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 17, 2016