In 2011, Aaron Rodgers was at the height of his powers. Coming off a Superbowl victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers the prior year, Rodgers and the Packers came into the season with high expectations. Not only did he live up to them, but Rodgers shattered the mold in route to his first MVP season. He led the Pack to a 15-1 record, despite having a Defense that ranked near the bottom of the NFL. No matter the opponent, Aaron found a way to get the job done. His receiving corps consisted of an aging great, Donald Driver, to go along with James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings and Brett Swain. The Packer QB finished the season with a league high 122.5 Passer Rating, 45 Touchdowns and 6 Interceptions! Now that we have just a little context on the Greatness of #12, I will explain why I feel he can shatter the mold yet again this coming season.
A team re-loaded at many skill positions with addition of rookies and established vets(TE’s Martellus Bennett, Lance Kendricks) to a group, that in the past has had its issues staying healthy, this coming season has a different feel. Year after year of making it to the brink, just to fall short has given the Packers a different mindset than most other teams. They are not hungry…they are STARVING! Starving for a taste of that glory they achieved back in 2010, and have been so close to in the years following (NFC Championship Game two of the last three seasons). In the NFL, such a run of sustained success is hard to come by. The reason Green Bay has been able to do so in my opinion is simple: Aaron Rodgers. The fact is, Aaron Rodgers has the a unique skill set. He has the ability to make something out of nothing and consistently make the players around him better. For example, 40 yard Hail Mary to little known WR Jeff Janis for a Touchdown as time expires in the 2015 Divisional Round vs. Arizona. With the ability to do what he has been able to do so far in his career, with glaring weaknesses on the roster is surreal. The fact he now has multiple threats surrounding him:(RB) Ty Mongomery coming off a season where he made quite the impact, despite having to learn a new position due to even more injuries to; (WR) Jordy Nelson coming off a season where he was named Comeback Player of the Year, despite not being in true form until midway through the season; (TE) Martellus Bennett a true threat both over the middle and down the field, with an ability to protect Rodgers in the blocking game, bringing something I don’t feel Aaron has ever had in his career. What I expect to be a much improved defensive unit, a core of talented playmakers including: (WR) Randall Cobb, (WR) Geronimo Allison and (WR) Devante Adams, who is coming off his most productive season ever and a handful of Rookies (RB) Jamaal Williams,(WR) Deangelo Yancy, (WR) Malachi Dupre , who seem poised to make an impact this coming season. It seems only logical to think this can be Aaron Rodgers best season yet, wouldn’t you agree?