The Green Bay Packers are slumping, and it appears Aaron Rodgers is at his wit’s end. Will this lead to a Mike McCarthy firing?
Future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers has had his name mentioned frequently this year in the news, but not in a good way.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback has battled injuries and has had to answer questions about the Packers decreasing playoff chances the last few weeks. At 4-6-1, the Packers leadership has been a talking point for why the team is struggling.
As of late, Rodgers performance has been a critical lightning rod. Per Pro Football Focus, Rodgers is leading the NFL in throwaways, and his completion percentage (61.7) is the second lowest of his career. To put his throwaways into perspective, Drew Brees is completing 76.4 percent of his passes this season.
Still, Rodgers is stating he’s not making excuses, and neither execution nor fundamentals is the problem.
“I don’t think I need to respond about fundamentals,” Rodgers said. “I mean, I drill the fundamentals. I throw how I throw. I’m not playing any different this year. It’s just we’re not completing as many passes percentage-wise.”
With the Packers not performing well, could Rodgers possibly spearhead change in the offseason in Green Bay? Schematically, many critics have stated that Packers head coach Mike McCarthy hasn’t put Rodgers in positions to succeed. His low completion mark and his throwaways can be attributed to Rodgers being maxed-out of McCarthy’s offense. This 2018 season marks the 11th year for the McCarthy-Rodgers duo. Possibly, Rodgers has reached a breaking point and is ready for something new.
Rodgers is an all-time talent, a surefire Hall of Famer. His career and his prodigious arm will be marveled at for years to come. But one must wonder what could have been had Rodgers been playing for a team that maximized his talent.