Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been his usual stellar self this season. He already has four interceptions, which wouldn’t be notable unless he was Aaron Rodgers.
That’s because Rodgers had only eight picks all of last season and had just six the year before.
So we’ve become accustomed to grading Rodgers on, well, the scale of Aaron Rodgers.
But Rodgers doesn’t give a shit about his stats as long as the Packers are winning. And they’re usually 2-3 at this time, but this season they’re 3-2.
“The overall look of it might change a little bit,” Rodgers said Tuesday during his weekly radio show. “It might not be as flashy as some fans might expect or want. But there’s one very, very important stat to me, and that’s winning. There’s no substitute for it, and it might be ugly at times.”
Fine. As long as the Packers keep winning. So far, guys have stepped up to replace injured counterparts and that’s obviously going to have to keep happening. Rodgers seems to be remaining pretty cool about the whole situation, though.
“We’re going to be short-handed in some spots, but I like the way it’s shaping it up, I really do,” Rodgers said. “I feel like this is a team that has a chance to do some special things. We’re flying under the radar a little bit. We’re dealing with a lot of adversity with injuries. We’ve seen some guys go down with some significant injuries who are going to miss multiple weeks or even the season, and guys are stepping up and playing well.”
It happened in 2010. Rodgers didn’t have his best season then and neither did the Packers offense. Plus, they had a lot of injuries to key players.
They got really hot at just the right time, though. We can draw all the comparisons we want to that team, but the Packers have only played five games.
What’s for certain, is this team is young and it’s going to get better as the year goes on. And yeah, it might not look very pretty for a while.