CBS Sports doesn’t have Aaron Rodgers in their top 10 QB rankings.
Much has been made of Aaron Rodgers‘ “decline” over the past few years, but has he fallen so far to no longer be a top 10 quarterback in the NFL?
The Green Bay Packers‘ two-time MVP had to deal with a change at head coach a year ago, and in 2018 he played through a serious knee injury for much of the season.
But there’s no doubt he hasn’t been able to reach his MVP heights often enough since late in the 2016 season.
Aaron Rodgers no longer a Top 10 QB?
Rewind only a few years and Rodgers would often be ranked first in NFL quarterback rankings. Sean Wagner-McGough of CBS Sports has ranked the top 10 QBs in the NFL ahead of the 2020 season, and Rodgers’ name is missing entirely.
It’s no surprise to see his name drop down the list. Patrick Mahomes is deservedly on top, and reigning-MVP Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson should all be higher in the rankings than Rodgers. But after the top three, you can make a case for Rodgers at any spot in the top 10.
The article has Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the top 10. Big Ben recently turned 38 and only played in two games last year. And while he did throw for over 5,000 yards and 36 touchdowns in his latest fully-healthy season, he also threw a league-high 16 interceptions. Rodgers only has 12 picks in the past three seasons combined.
If given the choice of either Rodgers or Roethlisberger for the Packers in 2020, give me Rodgers every time.
Tom Brady also cracks the top 10. Yes, he inherits an incredible supporting cast in Tampa Bay, but he showed a dramatic decline in play last season with the New England Patriots, throwing 24 touchdowns with eight interceptions. The Pats’ success was built on defense.
While you can certainly make a good argument that Rodgers isn’t the same player he once was, and you could even make a case for him no longer being a top-five QB, I still think he deserves to be in the top 10. In year number two under Matt LaFleur, he may surprise a few people.