It’s Like That

8. Aaron Rodgers– We are breezing through this list again. Two names have been revealed with eight remaining. You can’t have a quarterback conversation without mentioning the guy from Green Bay. Isn’t it crazy to think this will be his 15th season in the league and his eleventh as a starting quarterback? Let’s stop calling him the kid that sat behind and eventually replaced a Hall of Famer because he’s made quite the name for himself and created his own legacy. Aaron Rodgers is back and claims the eighth spot on my list entering the 2019 season and he’s my third ranked quarterback.

He is also the second of four quarterbacks to be revealed. What else is there to say about him? Whether you’re a fan of the Green Bay Packers or not, number 12 is always must-see television and you can’t help but watch. You saw how much his presence was missed when he got hurt during the 2017 season. He comes back and didn’t miss a beat in 2018. His finest moment came in the opening game of last season. It was a Sunday night showdown against the Chicago Bears and the Packers offense couldn’t get the job done. It was a lot of three and outs, a few turnovers and Aaron even got hurt with a knee injury and sat out the rest of the first half. I thought he was done. He came back and put the team on his back. Only on one leg, he carved up the Bears defense and helped lead the Packers to a come from behind win. Last year, I saw a different quarterback in number 12. He’s always been known to extend the play by moving the pocket on the run. Even with his knee being 100 percent, he knew he had to play smarter considering he’s getting older and he broke his collarbone scrambling out the pocket. He still has that fast release of the football; he still spreads the ball around to each receiver that’s open and I don’t think there’s a throw he can’t make. The pressure could be coming from one way and he’ll throw the ball from an awkward angle to still complete the pass. I’ve watched him in years past and said to myself how does he do that? He never seems rattled. He can move within the pocket to get away from blitzes and pressure.

He’s got that confidence, that swagger and calmness about him. Let’s talk about the clutch gene. He’s one of the quarterbacks I want with the ball in his hands when the game is on the line. He’s shown you before that he can put you in a perfect position to win the game, so it’s safe to say he’s got that ice in his veins. In a season where the Packers were very inconsistent, the quarterback was the shining point. This year, he’ll have a new head coach to work with in Matt LaFleur who is an offensive minded guy.