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.
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.
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.