Saturday, November 30, 2013

Aaron Rodgers for MVP

A little over a month ago, the Green Bay Packers were sitting pretty.  They finally had a running game and were the favorites to win the NFC North.  Then, a certain crack in a particular collarbone put the Packers' playoff hopes on hold.

Since the injury to Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are 0-4-1.  In the past 5 games, the Packers have averaged 16.4 points per game, while allowing 29.4 points per game.  Now, they sit on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.

While standing on the sidelines with his Movember stache, Aaron Rodgers is effectively making his case for MVP.  No player is more valuable to his team than Rodgers is to the Packers.  Prior to his injury, the Packers averaged 30.3 points per game, almost twice as many points than without him. Suddenly, without an elite quarterback, Mike McCarthy looks like a mediocre coach.  McCarthy looks like a lost puppy, wandering the sidelines aimlessly, waiting for Rodgers to save him from this hellhole.  He has started three different quarterbacks in Rodgers' absence, each one making Packers fans cringe in pain.

Rodgers has not been there to hide the deficiencies of the defense, which have become blatantly obvious in his absence.  The defense looks defeated, unable to stop the run or the pass.  Without Rodgers under center, the Packers look incapable of even winning a single game.

Some would argue that Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, or Drew Brees are more valuable to their respective teams.  However, they all have respectable defenses.  Furthermore, the Patriots have Bill Belichick, and the Saints have Sean Payton, who illustrated his value during his suspension last season.

If MVP truly stands for the Most Valuable Player, then there is no doubt that it should go to Aaron Rodgers.