Aaron Rodgers in danger of burning out?
Don’t burn out Aaron Rodgers
Football is still a team sport. Each player has a role and performs it to the best of his abilities. Inherent in each role, some positions stand out, others not. Some players are showman and others are workhorses. Everyone works for the good of the whole. Maybe years ago, when football was still evolving, the quarterback role wasn’t that important, but the game has changed; the quarterback position has grown. Today, football teams live or die based on their quarterbacks.
Just look at the Indianapolis Colts. Here’s a team that went from Super-bowl contenders to the cellar all based on the viability of their quarterback.
Aaron Rodgers is in a similar position with the Packers. Maybe it shouldn’t be that way, but it’s a fact of the NFL.
In too many games, Rodgers was the leading rusher. He wants to do what’s best for the Packers – putting his body on the line is not acceptable, though. Green Bay running backs know their position. They’ve obviously tried and failed. There are good running backs and excellent ones, but it does raise questions on where the priorities are within the Packers’ operational hierarchy. Any Super Bowl contender needs an offense where there’s a threat both on the ground and in the air. The Packer passing game is well honed, but probably a little too well in comparison to their running game. Maybe Aaron Rodgers can handle this, but there are risks.
Rodgers broke his left foot in 2006. He suffered a severe shoulder sprain in the 2008 season. When it comes to NFL quarterbacks, he has an unimposing physical stature at 5’10” and well under 200 lbs. Yes, he makes good decisions. His has the lowest career pass interception percentages for NFL quarterbacks, an enviable statistic.
Right now Cedric Benson and Alex Green have taken over the running game. Let’s wish them success. The critical question is whether they can take some of the burden off of the most important player in the Packer’s system?
Daniel Kent is an NFL writer for The Penalty Flag and can be contacted at DKent@ThePenaltyFlag.com.