Packers' Aaron Rodgers: 'Down Years for Me Are Career Years for Most QBs'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistOctober 6, 2020

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
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Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers doesn't have time for anyone who has talked about him having down seasons before 2020. 

Appearing on The Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers said "a lot of times down years for me are career years for most quarterbacks."

Midway through the 2019 season, Ben Baldwin of The Athletic broke down Rodgers' decline in expected points added (EPA) per play over a four-year span:

"From 2009 through 2014, Rodgers finished a close No. 2 to Peyton Manning among 60 qualified quarterbacks (minimum 500 plays) in Expected Points Added (EPA) per play, a measure of efficiency that takes into account situational factors such as down, distance and field position. However, since 2015, Rodgers’ per-play efficiency has fallen outside of the top 10, currently ranking No. 13 of 48 and behind players such as Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins."

Rodgers seemed to adopt a conservative style of play in 2018 when Pro Football Focus credited him with 59 throwaways, the most by any player since the 2006 season. 

Even as talk of Rodgers' decline was getting louder, the two-time NFL MVP threw for 8,444 yards, 51 touchdowns and six interceptions combined in the previous two seasons.

In his second year playing under head coach Matt LaFleur, Rodgers is playing even better so far than he was during those peak years from 2009-14. The 36-year-old has 1,214 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions through four games.   

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