Though in fairness he never really left.
There was just a short period of time where he looked a little less superhuman than usual.
Sure, the Packers started 2-3, but very little of this was Rodgers’ fault. During that early stretch, he was still in the top 10 in the NFL for passer rating, touchdowns, and completion percentage. He was the team’s leading rusher in two of those games, and he played three of the NFL’s top defenses.
Still some members of the media, with the glee of a 5-year-old on Christmas morning lined up to take their shots. He is not a good leader. He doesn’t make the extra effort. He isn’t playing like the MVP. Just because he’s a great quarterback, doesn’t make him a great guy.
He proceeded to go on a two-game tear the NFL has rarely seen. He completed 73 percent of his passes, threw for 680 yards had nine touchdowns and ZERO interceptions. His QB rating was 133.0. Even more impressive, the two defenses he did this against were both ranked near the top of the NFL against the pass, and St. Louis had only given up one passing touchdown at home all year before Mr. Rodgers came to town.
He now stands right where he belongs, atop the NFL in nearly every major quarterback statistic. And with that, all the whispers, the talk, the doubt, and the insults, have faded away.
While the stats alone are impressive, they only tell half the tale.
Two things that are vital for a quarterback are protection and a good running game.
The Packers are ranked dead last in the NFL in rushing touchdowns with two. They average only 3.9 yards per carry (Rodgers actually leads them with 5.2 ypc) and near the bottom of the league in yards per game. As far as protection goes, Rodgers is on pace to be sacked 60 times this year … 60! In fact, there is only one quarterback (Kevin Kolb in Arizona) who has been sacked more than Rodgers.
What does all of this mean?
Quite simply, the Packers are once again among the elite, and that can be directly attributed to the play of the most valuable player of anyone on any team – Aaron Rodgers