Aaron Rodgers: Two-time NFL MVP?


 

I am often asked the question if I think Aaron Rodgers will be the greatest Green Bay Packers quarterback of all-time when all is said and done. To which I always reply, without a doubt, if he stays healthy.

Brett Favre may not have a bigger fan than the likes of myself. I even have an autographed helmet and jersey in my study with his signature. However, with Favre I along with many other fans I’m sure, held my breath after every throw.

When Rodgers releases the ball I honestly expect it to be a great throw 100 percent of the time. This is why I think you can make a strong case that Aaron Rodgers may bring home the 2014 NFL MVP award.

Aaron Rodgers
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Accuracy and Aaron Rodgers go together like Wisconsin and cheese. When leaving Cal he set a record for career interception rate of only 1.95 percent. It is one thing to do that at the collegiate level but Rodgers has lowered his professional interception rate to a phenomenal 1.8 percent.

To put up another MVP-caliber season close to the likes of 2011 which saw Rodgers throw for more than 4,600 yards along with 45 touchdowns to only six interceptions will not be an easy task. This is why Ted Thompson has visited the talent well in the offseason and brought up a potential full bucket.

Rodgers will potentially have his most talented group of pass catchers since entering the league. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb obviously top the list, but Jarrett Boykin also showed in 2013 that he is a viable option at number three. Added to the mix are newcomers Dante Adams, Jared Abbrederis, Richard Rodgers and potentially seventh round pick Jeff Janis.

The Packers may not only have the deepest running arsenal in the game now but could very well be the deepest team at tight end in the league. Depending on what happens with Jermichael Finley (medically cleared by the Steelers team doctor today), the Packers also added undrafted free agent Colt Lyerla. Lyerla has quickly raised potential hopes that he could emerge as a star.

Rodgers has a tool belt full of weapons for the upcoming season without a doubt. He could potentially finally have what he has loomed for in that of a long-term center as well with newly-drafted Corey Linsley from Ohio State.

The Packers should also be able to lighten the load on Rodgers as he will enjoy the best running game he has seen while in Green Bay. Eddie Lacy, James Starks, DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin should allow for the run to pass ratio to be the most balanced it has been in many years and keep opposing defenses on their toes.

Aaron Rodgers has come a long way since a radio malfunction in his helmet which led to two flags in his first appearance with the Packers. He has quickly transitioned into arguably the greatest quarterback in the game today.

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With the addition of new talent at both receiver and tight end, accompanied with a full season of a much-improved run game, Rodgers should be able to flash the belt “discount double check” numerous times in 2014.

I see no reason why a “healthy” Aaron Rodgers won’t be able to raise the trophy and become a two-time NFL MVP in his 2014 campaign.

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  • trinity

    He’s definitely in the early discussion. Aaron Rogers, Peyton because he’s Peyton, lesean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, and Colin kaepernick as the sleeper. Those are my very early candidates.

    • David Burdette

      I can agree with all except Kap. He has to show more consistency at the position. With QBs like Brees and Brady he still has a ways to go.

      • trinity

        I agree with that, but I think the guy is a freakish natural talent. I picked him as a sleeper because I think he may surprise us with some maturity to his game. He has already been good in the postseason minus the Seahawks. Lol I know you may not want to hear this so let me say that I mean not disrespect at all, but I loved his performance in arctic weather in the playoffs against green bay last year. They aren’t my favorite team, but I’m a big fan of the guy :).

        • David Burdette

          Hey, guy beat us fair and square, I can live with that. I’m just not sure he succeeds without Harbaugh or the players around him. Someone like for instance Tom Brady would thrive in most environments.

          • trinity

            I agree he has benefited from a great defense and great coach. He definitely didn’t start on a bad team. But from what
            I’ve seen from him, I think he’s a legitimate franchise quarterback in his own rite :). He’s already lethal on the run, and he has a rocket arm. Immense physical talent, and I think the things he has to improve upon is more due to lack of experience than lack of talent. He has to calm down, throw first run second, keep improving accuracy and decision making. I like what I’m seeing from him so far :).

  • Nevin Paustian

    I think you can make an argument for the packers having the deepest offense in the league with an elite QB. Just need the injury bug to stay away from both sides of the ball.

  • Peter Maiz

    Kap is lethal with the run and has a strong arm. He doesn’t have Rodger’s accuracy. Peyton will not have the stats he had for 2013. At 38, you can’t play like you’re 28, the strength and mobility aren’t there. Brady is still spectacular. But Rodgers will be the best for 2014. Rodgers is a perfectionist and the most accurate QB with the least interceptions. He’ll have a healthy offensive line to protect him and lights out receivers. I think the defense will be improved.
    If Rodgers isn’t MVP, it will be MM and Mr. Capers limiting the expectations.