Wasn't it just a few short months ago that the Green Bay Packers were in the middle of a quarterback controversy? The legend known as Brett Favre deciding to come out of retirement, or Aaron Rodgers, the heir apparent who was told that this season was his?
When Rodgers was the clear choice, all hell broke loose. Some fans jumped ship for the Jets; some just called for Ted Thompson's job.
Some, however, believed this was the right choice. They look pretty smart right about now.
While many doubted whether or not the team could stay competitive with the yet untested Rodgers at the helm, several fans like me were excited to see what the fourth-year man from Cal could do.
Despite the fact that his performance would undoubtedly (and unfairly) be compared to Favre, Rodgers has thrived with the offense this season.
Through the first seven weeks of the season, the Packers are 4-3, tied for first in the NFC North with the Bears. Rodgers has a quarterback rating of 98.8, which ties him for fourth in the NFL. He's also thrown for 1,668 yards, and a 3-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
It's not only these stats have made Rodgers look good this year. There are little things he does that have caused him to win him over many Packer-backers.
His ability to be mobile in the pocket, as well as move the pocket itself, have definitely been a benefit to the Packers this year. And when he does scramble, Rodgers has looked quite calm and collected, not trying to force balls that a certain legendary predecessor would have thrown.
Another facet to Rodgers' game that has helped him has been his ability to run with the football. Rodgers has already amassed 113 yards rushing, along with three touchdowns. Along with the scores, he's picked up eleven first downs with his feet, including a few third or fourth and short situations in order to keep drives alive.
All this isn't to say that he hasn't had his troubles thus far. Rodgers has fumbled the ball five times this year, losing two of them, and the four interceptions add up to six turnovers so far this year.
One of the big questions coming into this year about Rodgers was his durability. In the few snaps he got prior to this season, he was hurt twice and kept out for several games. Sure enough, in week four, he suffered a shoulder injury that looked to possibly keep him out of a game or two.
Rodgers, however, didn't miss a game, and in his last three games has thrown for six touchdowns, run for one, and only thrown one pick—not to mention 707 passing yards. So much for not being able to handle injuries.
Admittedly, I have been guilty of trying to compare Rodgers and Favre on more than one occasion. But I think as of now we can say that the Packers were just fine in going with Aaron Rodgers this year as the starting quarterback.
Now they can only hope Rodgers and Favre could possibly miracle their way to a Super Bowl matchup. That means an extra first-round pick for Green Bay, and who doesn't want that?
All stats courtesy of NFL.com as of October 23, 2008.
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