Elite. Franchise. These terms sometimes get tossed around a little too lightly. When talking about Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, though, these accolades are a given.
After waiting three years as the backup to Packers legend Brett Favre, Rodgers became the Packers’ starting quarterback in 2008 and led the team to a win in Super Bowl XLV. He was named Super Bowl MVP. His career passer rating of 104.1 currently ranks No. 1 in NFL history.
Rodgers posted 17,037 passing yards from 2008 – 2011, which also ranks No. 1 in league history for the most passing yards by a quarterback in his first four seasons as a starter. His passer rating has been greater than 100 for the past four years, and his 2011 rating stands as the best of all-time. In his first starting season in the NFL, his passer rating was 93.8, good enough for sixth in the league.
Rodgers’ training camp goals may be different this year from recent seasons. Green Bay appears to be placing a greater emphasis on the run game in order to generate a more balanced attack. If the Packers are successful in creating a credible running attack during the preseason, Rodgers and the Packers’ lethal passing game should be even more potent.
Look for fewer opportunities and less gaudy statistics from Rodgers, but increased overall efficiency as he takes advantage of defenses that will now have to play pass defense more honestly.