There’s zero doubt that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is going to the Hall of Fame once he’s done playing.
That’s because Rodgers has been one of the game’s best signal callers over the last decade-plus. He’s won a Super Bowl and has amassed impeccable stats over the course of his career.
And he’s done so while earning the ultimate respect from his peers. This is on full display in ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler’s most recent quarterback rankings.
Fowler has been assembling top-10 lists for each position and he’s constructed these lists by going off word of mouth from NFL executives, coaches, and players. It’s not a media thing or a fan thing – it’s an NFL thing.
Which makes Fowler’s lists more credible than any Pro Football Focus piece or ranking from another outlet. With all due respect, of course.
Regardless, those Fowler interviewed have Rodgers at the top of the mountain when it comes to QB rankings.
In other words: Rodgers is considered by many around the league to be the best quarterback in the NFL.
Below is an excerpt from what Fowler wrote in regard to Rodgers:
“The playbook for Rodgers here has been clear-cut the past two seasons: Win an MVP, climb one spot in the top 10. Rodgers was ranked third in 2020, behind Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson, after back-to-back years of middle-of-the-road production, by his standards. Then his game took off with one of the most efficient two-year stretches the game has ever seen: 8,414 passing yards, 85 touchdown passes, nine interceptions and a 69.8% completion rate on 1,057 attempts.
At four MVPs, he now trails only Peyton Manning (five) for the most all time.
“He’s been the same guy and will continue to be; he’ll make those receivers better [without Davante Adams],” a veteran NFC scout said. “He should have more championships, but their defense and special teams have let him down.””
Rodgers can definitely win a third-straight MVP in 2022
If Rodgers can elevate the play of the receivers around him, put up good numbers, and help lead the Packers to an elite record -like the 13-4 record that tied for the NFL’s best last year- then Rodgers should win the MVP award for a third straight season. Unless another quarterback just plays out of their mind, of course.
It’s clear that Rodgers doesn’t have the same weapons around him this year. But that’s what will make his season even more impressive if he continues to do what he’s done the last two years.
No Davante Adams, no Marquez Valdes-Scantling, no Equanemious St. Brown, along with a limited Robert Tonyan will certainly test Rodgers’ ability to raise the play of the new targets around him, but based off what we’ve seen in the past, that shouldn’t be an issue.
It’s hard to envision Rodgers not playing at an MVP level in 2022 and it looks like the NFL feels that way, too.
And with the way the defense looks on paper and with the overhaul of the special teams unit, Rodgers could very well add a second Super Bowl ring to go along with that MVP trophy, too.
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