Aaron Rodgers isn’t getting any younger. By falling in the NFC Championship again, have we seen the last of Rodgers getting to a Super Bowl?
The Green Bay Packers will be sitting on the couch at home like the rest of us watching Super Bowl LIV. Green Bay was able to reach the NFC Championship under first-year head coach Matt LaFleur. However, quarterback Aaron Rodgers now falls to 1-3 in NFC Championship games. Will Rodgers ever get back to the Super Bowl?
On this week’s episode of Stacking the Box, FanSided‘s Josh Hill and Mark Carman, along with former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, answer the question of if Rodgers ever gets back to a Super Bowl. He’s coming off his age-36 season. Time is not on his side anymore (21:10).
Schwartz doesn’t think Rodgers will get back to a Super Bowl because he is no longer capable of carrying his team as the star quarterback. With the right pieces around him and in the perfect system, sure, but Schwartz isn’t a believer that Rodgers will hoist the George Halas Trophy en route to another Super Bowl run before he retires.
Hill echoes Schwartz’s sentiment in that Rodgers isn’t the player he used to be. That’s fine because what Rodgers was in his prime was the greatest quarterback talent of his generation. Hill is a little more optimistic that Rodgers can lead the Packers to the Super Bowl because they got to the NFC Championship in LaFleur’s first season on the job. However, he still doesn’t feel it’s likely.
Carman would chime in and say Rodgers will get to another Super Bowl, but it may not be in Green Bay uniform. He thinks Rodgers’ play above-the-shoulders could help him take another team to the Super Bowl as Peyton Manning did with the Denver Broncos before retiring. It’s hard to envision Rodgers leaving Green Bay, but we’ve seen stranger things happen in the NFL before.
Ultimately, it will come down to how well the Packers stack up with the rest of the NFC. It’s a gauntlet every year, as we haven’t had repeat conference champions since the 2013-14 Seattle Seahawks. If Rodgers, LaFleur and the rest of the Packers can build off a solid 2019 season, then maybe Rodgers has one more Super Bowl appearance left in the tank before he calls it a career?
Here are a few other topics discussed on this week’s episode of Stacking the Box:
- Hill: Jimmy G has already proven he can step up in a big spot – 9:19
- Schwartz: The better defense has won the Super Bowl over the hot QB – 10:40
- Richard Sherman and Tyrann Mathieu have changed their team’s attitudes – 12:20
- Kyle Shanahan vs. Andy Reid will be offensive fireworks – 17:33
All this and more!