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June 22, 2017

Rodgers Is A Great Deodorant

Forget Right Guard, the best deodorant in Green Bay is Quarterback. Marshall Newhouse at left tackle. Andrew Quarless at tight end. Brandon Jackson at running back. Don Barclay at, well, anywhere. Consistently bad defenses and special teams. Yep, Aaron Rodgers has been masking the stink for the past 8 seasons.

If an extraterrestrial were to land on earth tomorrow and wanted to learn about Rodgers, all he’d have to do is watch last January’s playoff game against Dallas. Simply put, it was a microcosm of No. 12’s career as Green Bay’s starting QB.

In that game, the Packers ran for just 87 yards. The defense gave up 432 yards. The defense gave up 31 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter. And yet they won – four words, by the way, that could’ve been uttered after the majority of games this decade. Truth is, for all his accolades, Rodgers is still a little underrated.

I don’t know where Rodgers ranks among the all-time QBs, but I do know this – only Dan Marino has been forced to overcome similar obstacles (i.e. consistently mediocre running games and defenses). And No. 13 had Don Shula by his side. No offense to Mike McCarthy, but the only thing he has in common with the winningest coach in NFL ¬†history is they both write the same thing on the line marked occupation on their W-2 form.

As for the rest of the very subjective top 10 quarterbacks, Tom Brady has always had Bill Belichick and good defenses. Joe Montana had Bill Walsh, Jerry Rice, and good defenses. Johnny Unitas had Shula, Lenny Moore, Raymond Berry and good defenses. John Elway had good defenses early and Terrell Davis late. Peyton Manning had Edgerrin James, Marvin Harrison and a handful of good defenses. Brett Favre had Mike Holmgren and good defenses for the first half of his career. Jim Kelly had Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, and good defenses. And Roger Staubach had Tom Landry, Tony Dorsett, and good defenses.

As for Rodgers, he hasn’t played with any future Hall of Famers on offense and only two of his defenses finished a season ranked in the top 10 in either yards or points (2009 and 2010). Even more alarmingly, in the last six playoff elimination games, the Dom Capers-led D has allowed an average of 34 points and 440 yards.

All of this is a long way of saying that it makes no sense for GM Ted Thompson to draft an offensive player in the first round of next week’s draft – even if a really talented running back, wide receiver or interior lineman is still available at 29. Taking the best player available simply doesn’t apply when a team has a 33-year-old QB as special as Rodgers and a defense that is coming off yet another disappointing season.

The offense will be fine in 2017 without a single addition in the next few months. Sure it would be nice to add speed at running back and wide receiver and depth at guard, but those would be luxuries. On the other hand, adding an edge rusher and a cornerback is a necessity. That’s because, unlike Rodgers, there’s no single player on defense who has the ability to mask the stench created by slow corners and linebackers and a coordinator who hasn’t come up with a new blitz package since Bill Clinton was in the White House.

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14 Responses “Rodgers Is A Great Deodorant”

  1. Pandabucks
    April 19, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Great, great, great, great article.

  2. April 19, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Unfortunately, when they evaluate the best of all time, Super Bowl victories are heavily considered. That should not be the case. I truly feel he is the best to have ever played the game and second place isn’t close. These teams would be sub .500 every year without him. He has a slightly above average coach and terrible defenses and yet they continue to thrive every year. No other qb could do what he is doing with these teams.

  3. TJV
    April 19, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I second Pandabucks comment.

    According to the football database site, Rodgers is currently the NFL career leader in passer rating among QBs (with at least 1,500 attempts) and the only one over 100 (104.1). While that stat may be flawed, TD/INT ratio isn’t and Rodgers is significantly ahead, throwing 4.12 TDs for every INT. Brady is next at 3.00, then Russell Wilson at 2.82. Those of us who have seen every snap Rodgers has taken as a Packer don’t need stats to tell us he’s one of the all-time greats, but these stats are indications of his all-time greatness.

    As I think back to 2008, I was ready to see Favre go (I actually was ready a couple of seasons before), but no way in the world did I expect a HOF QB to be replaced by a certain HOF QB who I believe is better. We’ve been blessed to have watched Rodgers’ career to date – and to have seen Favre’s too (and some of us to have watched Starr’s). Too bad Thompson and McCarthy didn’t jettison Capers after the 2011 season and it’s too bad Thompson hasn’t been nearly as effective adding talent to their defenses as he has to their offenses.

  4. CJS
    April 19, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Could someone please mail this article to MM and TT? Add in Murphy and the Board of Directors for good measure.

  5. Joe in Madison
    April 19, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I couldn’t agree more that Rodgers has covered up for roster holes and a rather ineffective defense over the years, however he has had a lot of help as well. Outside the Alan Barbre experiment and the occasionally shaky depth, he has mostly had good to very good O-line play and there have been a string of very good receivers for him to throw too. Also, IMO he has benefited from a very good Head Coach and play caller in McCarthy. Lastly, he has had an organization that believed in him early on and never wavered in their support, even when it was very difficult early on.

  6. DaveM
    April 19, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Yes, Rodgers has had a string of very good receivers to throw to, but he’s never had a really great one. Imagine what kind of numbers 12 would put up with Julio Jones or A.J. Green. Not to diminish Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, and Jordy Nelson, but they benefitted a lot more from Rodgers than Rodgers benefitted from them.

    I know this sounds like a homer thing to say, but I’ve never seen a better QB than Rodgers in almost 50 years of watching football. It would be a shame if he ends his career with only one ring. He should have 3 or 4.

  7. Joe in Madison
    April 19, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Very true DaveM, like Michael pointed out, he hasn’t played with a HOFer on offense but he has played with Pro-Bowl caliber receivers and linemen. I am not denying Rodgers’ greatness, just pushing back on the idea that he is surrounded by mediocrity.

  8. Mitch
    April 19, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Rodgers played multiple seasons with Marshall Newhouse at left tackle and a season with Don Barclay at right tackle. No question the offensive line has been very good lately, but only Rodgers’ incredible ability to escape pressure allowed him to not only survive but thrive in those seasons.

  9. Thorny
    April 19, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    The article was beautiful and straight truth. It begs the question why Ted is hailed as a great GM? The roster on the whole is substandard and the D has been below that.

    Aaron is the best ever. I thought he jumped the shark after the Denver game and the entire season after and part of last but he rebounded. I wish we didn’t have to wait 10 years for a book to come out explaining why the career hiccup?

    I disagree with drafting just D. That’s proved fruitless. A true black hole of high picks. Give Aaron some real toys and put to rest any debate about who is the best ever. Aaron with average offensive talent coupled with horrendous D doesn’t win. I like Aaron with an offensive machine and a horrendous defense better. It can’t add up to less than what we’ve been seeing if the goal is the bowl. Plus, it’s more fun to watch.

  10. NP40
    April 19, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Hey, it’s all good, Murphy already said taking second and third every year is a “highly successful” season. Combine that with our “highly successful” head coach, our “highly successful” defensive coordinator and our “highly successful” GM who has assembled one of the worst pass defenses after 11 years at the helm but who has now righted the ship by signing a backup CB and DT and I think you’re all beginning to see who’s really responsible for Rodgers great success.

  11. Nerd
    April 19, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    He still stat whores. Hit the open guy, dude.

  12. Saguaro
    April 20, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Right you are. ARod can carry the offense assuming he has someone to hand-off the ball once in a while. So D does seem to be the draft focus. Trouble is that a game changer at 29 seems unlikely and this D has way too many holes. Draft ALL defense and I expect it to still be as bad or worse than last season. Age, shellshock, the inevitable season-ending injury, the scouting tape of the Atlanta game guarantee trouble on that side of the ball.

  13. April 20, 2017 at 8:38 am

    @Thorney… “I like Aaron with an offensive machine and a horrendous defense better. ”

    We’ve been there done that. In 2011 the Packers have one of the most potent offenses in the history of the NFL and they did it without a running game. The 2011 Packers are the 3rd highest scoring offense in NFL history (560 points / 35 ppg). They also fielded one of the worst defenses ever. The pass defense at the time had allowed the most passing yards in NFL history….Just saying

  14. Thorny
    April 20, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    @Nick Perry… You’re right… 15-1 and implosion vs. the Giants at home. However, I will always wonder how much the suicide of Joe Philbin’s son on, I believe, the Tuesday before the game played in our pitiful performance. The D was it’s customarily bad self that day, but the O was equally bad and Joe Philbin was an instrumental part of our success that season. I refuse to believe that losing his son a few days before that game didn’t have a huge trickle down effect on the offense and entire team.

    It was fun watching us looking like the ol’ Air Coryell (I know they never won a championship) but we’re not going to win one with the current mindset so if we’re going to not win, I’d rather be as entertained as possible.

    Plus, look at who we had on the OL that season. Who’d we have at RB? We could’ve done so so much better in those spots. We didn’t have an AJ Green, Julio Jones, Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, etc., either. Jordy is a very nice player and so was Jennings but neither is any of those guys. The offense of 2011 was still way too much Rodgers. Load that side up more and we might actually be able to overcome what we have on the other side of the ball.

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