Posted October 09, 2012

NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers: “I’m not playing my best football right now”


Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he is not playing his best football right now. His team is 2-3 this season. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers will be the first to admit that his team has struggled this season and is putting the blame of himself.

“I haven’t played as well as the expectations are, obviously,” Rodgers said on 540 AM in Milwaukee. “The ones I put on myself, I like to think are as high or higher than the ones people outside put on me. It’s interesting to look at the stats for what they are and think I’m not playing my best football right now.”

Rodgers has thrown for 1,307 yards with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. His 97.o quarterback rating is eighth in the league.

“I set the bar high and I expect to play at a higher level. Been making just some mistakes I’m not used to making. Throwing the ball to the other team, I’ve done that four times already. … Uncharacteristic of the way I’ve played,” Rodgers said. “Missed some throws I’m accustomed to hitting. Haven’t played the way of the standard I’ve set.”

The Packers are 2-3 and play at the undefeated Houston Texas (5-0) on Sunday, the first of three straight road games for the team.


Maybe if Aaron Rodgers does not have to keep running for his life he would be more many times was he sacked and/or hurried Sunday?


Aaron has missed on some throws he usually puts right on the hands, like that 1st-quarter overthrow to Jordy on Sunday.  He's also held onto the ball a bit too long in a few cases.  He's the on-field general of this team, so he should be putting blame on himself for losing two winable games against the Seahawks and Colts.  However, he is not the root cause of the Packers' offensive struggles, the tackles are.  Bulaga and especially Newhouse have been lit-up by opposing edge rushers, which has Aaron hearing footsteps at the snap of the ball.  Solidify the edges of the offensive line and the Packers will put up 40 points/game again.


That said, McCarthy also shares a load of the blame for not adjusting his playcalling when the offensive line is struggling.  Quick-hitting screens, slants, hitches, etc should be staples of the offense when the o-line is struggling, yet they keep running everyone on deep routes and Aaron subsequently doesn't have enough time to get rid of the ball.


The receiver corps also shares a significant load of the blame.  They are dropping far too many balls that hit them right in the hands and they are definitely not running crisp routes.  For example, Aaron's interception Sunday was a back-shoulder throw that should work 100% of the time if the receiver pushes the DB downfield on an aggressive deep-route-fake-and-hitch.  The receiver gave minimal effort to push the DB up, which created no separation and the DB easliy stepped in front of the throw.