A Pro Bowler in 2009, Aaron Rodgers has a chance to vault himself into the discussion of elite quarterbacks in the NFL. With an offensive line that provided little-to-no protection last year, Rodgers was fourth in the NFL in passing yards (4,434), fourth in QB rating (103.2), third in passing touchdowns (30), and tied with former teammate Brett Favre for the least interceptions (seven) among those with 500 or more pass attempts. With a more experienced and stable offensive line protecting him, Rodgers has a chance to have a very special season in 2010. Most Valuable Player special? Yes.
It could be argued that the difference between the Packers being a Super Bowl team and a one and done team, was the offensive line. In fact, the final play of the season against Arizona in the playoffs resulted in a pass rusher going right through the line and forcing Rodgers to fumble the ball.
Rodgers was sacked 56 times (by far the most in the league) but was still able to be one of the four or five most productive quarterbacks in the league. Despite this sloppiness, the amount of times Rodgers was sacked slowly decreased as the season progressed. The offensive line started to gel, and as a result, they performed better, leading the Packers to positive results in the win column. In fact, they won seven of their last eight games.
That kind of production is what O-line coach James Campen is looking for. The addition of rookie Bryan Baluga and the continued development of the young veterans on the squad should help make them a better unit.
Aaron Rodgers is a special quarterback and with the right protection could very well lead the league in every major passing statistic. The fact that he's even being discussed in the company of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, etc. as a two-year starter says a great deal about his abilities.
The Green Bay Packers also have a very good team supporting Rodgers and have a shot to win the always competitive NFC North. That would go a long way in Rodgers' campaign for MVP. Honestly, what's stopping Rodgers from being as good as if not better than Drew Brees? With an improving offensive line, absolutely nothing. He has a great receiving corp in Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, and Jermichael Finley. Rookie James Stark could also be a threat in the flats. The sky is the limit for Rodgers, and if things go according to plan, he will win the NFL MVP award.
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