Aaron Rodgers shows MVP potential
Aug 29, 2010 ~ by Pistol Pete Dougherty
~Aaron Rodgers, MVP?
Yes, it’s a little early to hand out awards for the 2010 NFL season, and this preseason will be long forgotten in two weeks, when many promising developments in training camp begin succumbing to the reality of the 16-game schedule.
But there’s also no denying that the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback has followed up his strong 2009 season with an elite performance through three preseason games. Considering he plays the game’s marquee position for a team with a promising outlook in 2010, that’s the stuff of which MVP candidates are made.
“I’m feeling sharp, for sure,” Rodgers said Thursday night after putting up a 124.9-point passer rating in the Packers’ 59-24 preseason win over Indianapolis. “When I’m playing well it’s a combination of a number of things. Mentally I’m in a good place, the (pass) protection is solid, and there’s a rhythm with the play calling.
“I think we’ve got all those three things. I felt real confident with what I’ve been doing, protection has been excellent, that’s important. And the play calling has allowed myself and our offense to get in a good rhythm. Mike (McCarthy) definitely deserves credit for that.”
As of Saturday afternoon, Rodgers ranked just ahead of New England’s Tom Brady for the top passer rating in the preseason (141.2 points to 140.6 points) and figures to remain there after the 10 games scheduled for Saturday night because Brady already has played this week.
In three games, Rodgers has played 14 series and put up points on eight of them (seven touchdowns and one field goal). Two of the non-scoring drives ended with a lost fumble by a halfback and another when McCarthy tried to convert a fourth down rather than kick a 40-yard field goal, something he likely would have tried in a regular-season game.
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