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Packers' Rodgers gets sacked by ESPN commentators

Oct. 14, 2012
 

A pair of ESPN commentators today on the network’s pre-game show said Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t playing up to par.

Ron Jaworski and Merrill Hoge haven’t liked some things they have seen from Rodgers this season.

Jaworski pointed out that Rodgers’ average per completion is down considerably from last season (9.25 yards per completion to 6.91).

“He’s missing far too many guys that are open, not staying calm and comfortable in the pocket and delivering the ball on time,” said Jaworski. “You just can’t miss open receivers.”

Jaworski went so far as to say Rodgers is a “rattled quarterback” because of the hits he’s been taking. “He’s not decisive, whereas last year he was,” said Jaworski. “He hesitates, he misses."

Added Hoge: “Aaron’s rattled. This offense is rattled as well.”

Jaworski concluded that ever since the first half of the Seattle game, when Rodgers took a beating with eight sacks, he hasn’t been the same. “(He’s) frenetic in the pocket, his feet have not been calm, and his head has not been calm,” said Jaworski.

MY TAKE

I believe these commentators are being overly dramatic and hysterical in their review of Rodgers. They point to a few examples of when Rodgers has missed receivers, but it’s not indicative of his entire body of work.

In my column on Rodgers this past week -- http://tinyurl.com/9dsrxrd -- I wrote about how people are now comparing Rodgers to the impossible standard he set last season.

He isn’t playing as well as last season. He has been the first to admit that. But to call him “rattled” is over the top.

If he has been so bad since the first half of the Seattle game, as Jaworski claims, why has he posted passer ratings above 100 in the Packers’ last two games? Why does he rank No. 8 in the NFL in passer rating? Why is his completion percentage so far this season better than last year during his MVP season?

Yes, the Packers need Rodgers to play better overall. But Rodgers also needs some help from his teammates. Receivers have to stop dropping so many passes, and his protection in the pocket needs to get better. And yes, Mike McCarthy needs to help his quarterback by calling for more running plays.

Rodgers shares in the blame for the Packers’ offensive struggles, but our friends at ESPN needn’t jump off the deep end and paint his performance as worse than it really is.

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