Aaron Rodgers has made his name as not only the best QB in the NFL, but also as one of the best quarterbacks of all-time. The “robotic” and “mechanical” throwing motion of Rodgers coming out of California University immediately had some categorize him as a future bust. A quote from an unnamed NFC Scout in 2005 summarized most thoughts:
“I think he has a good chance of being a bust. Just like every other Tedford-coached quarterback. The thing he struggles with is he gets sacked a lot. He doesn’t have great ability to change the release of the football. He’s mechanically very rigid. Brett Favre can change his release point and find different windows. There will be more growing pains with Alex Smith but in the end, he has a much better chance to be much better.”
This short and robotic young QB made it into the pros, and has shined ever since. Rodgers now has many believing that he has taken the throne from Tom Brady as the best QB in the NFL, and it’s not hard to argue that.
Arm Strength: Rodgers has superior arm strength, and might have one of the strongest arms in the league. His ability to throw the ball downfield is incredible. His change in throwing motion from his rookie year showcased his throwing strength that he had previously lacked. Rodgers has now mastered the deep ball, and brings accuracy with it.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers hits Richard Rodgers for a 61-yard game-winning Hail Mary touchdown, 2015. pic.twitter.com/JquShtUqzc
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Accuracy: As stated above, his deep throws come with extreme accuracy. I mean, look at the Hail Mary throws he has made in the past 2 seasons. All of them were pinpoint accurate. For example, his throw versus the Detroit Lions in Week 13 of 2015 was amazingly accurate. He was rolling away and about to be sacked. He unleashes an arrow of a throw that lands right into the hands of Richard Rodgers at the goal line.
Even better, his throw versus the Arizona Cardinals in the 2015 Divisional Playoffs showed what an accurate thrower he actually is. He was rolling to his left (the opposite of his throwing arm) and threw a perfect ball to Jeff Janis and the end of the 4th quarter.
Those are only two examples of his touch with the football. His other examples occur just every other week. His career passing percentage is 65.2%, which ranks 7th all-time and 3rd among active QB’s (Drew Brees #1, Kirk Cousins T2).
Rushing: Rodgers isn’t the best rushing QB in the league, but he isn’t the worst. In 2016 (his last full season), he was 4th in rushing yards (369) and tied for 5th in rushing TD’s (4). He can definitely use his speed when needed, but he is more known for a pocket passer or a scrambling passer.
Awareness: Rodgers has great awareness on the football field. He knows when the pocket is either collapsing or is ready to collapse so he can escape and throw a pass. His craftiness at his position is mostly due to his awareness, as his awareness is what tells him to escape the pocket to make a throw. His veteran skills have shown in this category.
Rodgers is at the top of his game and is the best QB in the NFL. Now at 34, he is aging, but he still has a good 5-6 years left in him to produce great football. He consistently makes up for his team’s defensive woes and faltering run game. Rodgers has already proven enough to enshrine himself into Canton, so the only thing left to do is the become the greatest who ever played.
Arm Strength: 17/20
OVERALL SCORE: 16.75/20
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