Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Pack Should Not Be Rodgers-Centric

During the game on Sunday, it looked to me that Aaron Rodgers was determined to be the hero quarterback who saves the team and gets the victory.

The team won, but Rodgers was not the high-school hero QB.  And I wasn't the only one who noticed.

...Playing against a feisty Lions team with a lot of players on injured reserve (17) and nothing to lose, the Packers came out throwing and didn’t stop until Rodgers had attempted 55 passes, six short of his all-time high set against the Lions on Nov. 15, 2015 in Green Bay....

... here they were again, coming out throwing like this was the NCAA national semifinals.

The NFL’s official play-by-play  makes subjective decisions on whether a pass is “short” or “deep.” But for argument’s sake, let’s say they’re close in their assessment. A total of 25 of Rodgers’ 55 throws were listed as “deep,” which based on the passes he completed probably are defined as 17 or more yards down the field.

Of those 25, Rodgers completed six (24%) for 134 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He only completed 49% of his passes overall for 323 yards, finishing with a passer rating of 72.0....
So what does State Farm Aaron have to say about it?

....Rodgers was way off the mark. There were at least a half dozen throws that he threw behind, beyond or low of his target, and he spent almost the entire first half completing one and then missing the next three or four.

Rodgers couldn’t explain his misses other than saying a few were timing issues.

“Other than that, I can’t really tell you,” he said. “Just sometimes the ball is coming off really good. Today was one of those days, really too good at times where I felt good about a number of those throws and I’m missing by a yard, yard and a half, two yards. Just one of those days.”...
Yes, his receivers (except Adams) were not great.  But his throwing was ........well.......QB 72.0 says it all.

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