The strategy for winning ball games used to be running the rock and playing stellar defense. Then players like Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers turned that idea on its head.
However, the Green Bay Packers have been forced to rely on their defense lately more than their all-world quarterback.
Rodgers hasn't been the player that we've watched the past couple of years. Is he forever doomed? Of course not. But let's check out the issues that have been holding him back in 2012.
The Offensive Line is Struggling
I majored in understatement in college. As you can tell, I graduated with honors.
Green Bay's offensive line has barely been able to slow anybody down, much less stop them from pressuring Rodgers. One has to wonder if they knew they were being outdone by the Rams and Bengals, so they promptly gave up eight sacks to the Seattle Seahawks to regain their crown.
The Packers have given up a league-leading 16 sacks through three games. While they have played some of the NFL's most dangerous pass-rushing units, it's no wonder Rodgers is having so much difficulty establishing a rhythm.
The Pressure is Leading to Downcast Eyes and Happy Feet
The constant barrage of pressure has led to Rodgers looking to avoid the rush as opposed to looking downfield. He has zero chance to be accurate when he can't anticipate where his receivers are.
Additionally, it has caused him to constantly chop his feet. The basic fundamentals of passing require a quarterback to plant his feet and deliver the ball. Obviously, they'll occasionally throw off the run or their back foot, but such actions dramatically decrease a throw's accuracy.
The Lack of a Real Running Game is Catching Up to the Pack
When you can't run the ball, defensive linemen lick their chops and get after the quarterback. It's inevitable.
The Packers have gotten by for the past couple years without much of a running game. This deficiency is finally catching up to them. They've given it more of an effort this year, but still rank 22nd in the league in total rushing yards.
Until they can keep a defensive front honest with the threat of the run, the Packers and Aaron Rodgers will continue to have trouble getting things done offensively.
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