NFL Coordinator: Aaron Rodgers 'Lost' Athleticism but 'Holy S--t He's Scary'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 8, 2020

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of the NFL NFC Championship football game Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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The assumption by fans and some analysts that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn't as good as he used to be doesn't seem to shared by people in the NFL

Per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, one anonymous NFL coordinator acknowledged that Rodgers has "lost a little bit of athleticism" before adding "holy s--t he's scary" when he can move around in and out of the pocket. 

There has been a growing sentiment that Rodgers is on the downside of his career, though Fowler's article noted that more than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players ranked the Packers star as the third-best quarterback "by a wide margin" heading into 2020.

Rodgers had a strong performance last season with 4,002 passing yards, 26 touchdowns and four interceptions, but the offense ranked 15th in points scored and 18th in total yards. His 7.0 yards per attempt was tied for his second-lowest rate as a starter and tied for 17th out of 32 qualified quarterbacks.

Per Pro Football Focus (h/t GBP Daily), Rodgers was tied with Russell Wilson for most big-time throws under pressure in 2019 (15). 

Pro Football Focus defines a big-time throw, "as a pass with excellent ball location and timing, generally thrown further down the field and/or into a tighter window."

The Packers began planning for their future at quarterback by drafting Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft. 

Rodgers can silence his skeptics if he gets the Packers back to the Super Bowl after they advanced to the NFC Championship Game last season.