Why Rodgers Is The Best

Aaron Nagler's take on just how well the Packers quarterback is playing.

The folks over at Bleacher Report asked me to write about Aaron Rodgers - so I did.

In an NFL landscape riddled with headlines about Tim Tebow and Christian Ponder, precious little attention is being paid to the best player in the NFL right now.

Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers is playing the best football, not only of his career, but in the league. What’s more, he’s making it look effortless, which may be why he’s getting so little attention.

How well is Aaron Rodgers playing the quarterback position?

So well that he has made it a non-event when he throws for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. So well that when he makes impossibly difficult throws look easy, we barely take notice. So well that he heads into the bye week as the only passer in league history to start a season with seven consecutive games with a passer rating over 110.

It’s hard to know just when exactly Rodgers took over the mantle of “Best Player In The NFL” from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, but make no mistake, the torch has been passed.

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Jake's picture

October 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I'm just surprised you didn't write this article sooner...

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Jay's picture

October 25, 2011 at 12:21 am

+20

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BrianD's picture

October 24, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I'm glad you brought up why Rodgers is the best QB in the league: preparation. We can all use him as a role model in this area. Come well prepared to anything and your chances of success are greatly enhanced.

I do think you overstated how much motivation Rodgers draws from negative media attention. I'm sure it contributes to his motivation but in a extremely minor sense. He's a smart (and not petty) man, he knows why the sports media writers stress the issues that will receive the most ratings and "shock factor" - MONEY and viewership/subscriptions. His real motivations lie elsewhere.

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PackerAaron's picture

October 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm

It's not media attention. It's everything, everywhere. Take the story of his college professor. She's not a member of the media - but he filed it away.

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Patrick Duprey's picture

October 24, 2011 at 11:47 pm

How about his ability to sense the pass rush and tuck the ball away when he's taking a sack? Twice Rodgers was sacked yesterday, and the defender (I know it was Allen at least one of the times) struck at his right arm to strike the ball free only for Rodgers to tuck it away before he was hit. With almost any other QB, those would've been two fumbles.

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PackerAaron's picture

October 24, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Read the piece - I mention that very thing.

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Mojo's picture

October 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Smarts, arm strength, mobility, motivation, dedication and unbelievable accuracy. These are just some of what makes A-Rod the best player in the NFL.

The best thing is I don't think he's peaked yet.

The two passes to Jennings in the SB(1'st half touchdown and 4th Q 3rd down pass) were among the greatest in Packer history!

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Bohj's picture

October 25, 2011 at 12:24 am

And the dude's hilarious. In addition to his slight on offseason workouts.......Love his mockery on the Colin cowherd interview. And his ability to mock his own belt thing on The state farm commercial. And his newly found Jim Rome popularity in the jungle for volunteering to do a correspondence piece. Calling out sanchez's cq spread. And the best of all......... His photo bombing on all the Team captain photos. So funny. How can one not help but like the guy.

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June's picture

October 25, 2011 at 12:41 am

I also remember an interview before the Super Bowl with Aaron talking about something written in one of his rejection letters from a college - "Good luck with your attempt at a college football career." He didn't take the wording very well, obviously :)

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CSS's picture

October 25, 2011 at 08:25 am

Ignore the stats and ratings for a moment and just watch him throw a ball in contrast to his peers on a weekly basis. I hold Drew Brees in high regard and respect his game. Watched that entire abomination of a Colts vs. Saints game and it is almost shocking to get the sensation that Brees is moving slower, releasing slower, his velocity is slower and the ball appears to hang in the air forever.

That's really not the case, the rest of the really good QB's games appeared to have actually slowed down after watching full game of Rodgers. I've never had that sensation.

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PackersRS's picture

October 25, 2011 at 08:25 am

I saw the link and was kinda wondering why that article was well written... No offense to the people of Bleacher Report, but it definitely stood out.

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Jake's picture

October 25, 2011 at 05:18 pm

Lol, I can relate to this. I stopped reading articles from that website a long time ago...

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bryce's picture

October 26, 2011 at 08:40 pm

yeah they got a ringer when they got aaron...most of their stuff is half brained garbage

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some guy's picture

October 25, 2011 at 08:28 am

Never been a better quarterback at their peak. never.

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packsmack25's picture

October 25, 2011 at 08:56 am

I love the comments on B/R. So entertaining.

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Ruppert's picture

October 25, 2011 at 08:28 pm

Bleacher Report? Since when do those guys seek out quality writers? Way to go, Aaron. Keep movin' up.

What I love about Rodgers is the fact that he doesn't seem to have plateau-ed yet, and I don't think he has really regressed for any length of time along the way. He was lost as a rookie, slightly more functional in year 2, ready to take over in '07, better in '08, '09, and got better through last year right up until one of the greatest throws of all time in the Super Bowl en route to the MVP.

After that upward trend, is he complacent? Hell no. He comes out this year and rules the world for two months. It's crazy. It's so fun to watch it's ridiculous. When does he level off? When does he slide?

Honestly, for some dumb reason I hope the Favre chatter continues forever and continues to be the motivating factor that drives this guy for about 10 more years. You just know he's still pissed about that whole deal.

Lynn Dickey is bummin' right about now regarding his single season passing yards record.

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Scott's picture

October 26, 2011 at 07:51 pm

The best thing about Rogers is his after game interviews he gives straight answers is not cocky just a all around great guy

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