Much has been made of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ stinginess with the football. And with good reason. He rarely throws interceptions.
In fact, Rodgers has the best career interception percentage in NFL history at 1.6 percent.
Then there are the streaks.
Rodgers hasn’t thrown a pick at Lambeau Field since December 2, 2012. That’s a span of 19 games.
His last pick was in the NFC Championship game, a contest in which he fired two interceptions. So Rodgers’ current overall streak of being pick-free is at four games.
No starting quarterback has ever done it — gone a full season without throwing a pick. However, the way Rodgers is playing right now you have to think if anyone has a shot, it’s him.
Well, he’s not having any of that.
“It’s Week 5, I think,” Rodgers said. “That’s a tough one to answer. I don’t know if it’s possible. I don’t think it is, but I enjoy the streak.”
A few things to consider.
The longest anyone has gone into a season without throwing an interception is 10 games. Bernie Kosar did that in 1991. He finished that season with 18 TDs and nine interceptions. The Browns were 6-10.
The fewest interceptions any quarterback has ever thrown while completing a 16-game season is four. Tom Brady did that in 2010, when he had a 0.8 percent interception rate. Brady had 36 TDs that year and the Patriots were 14-2, but lost in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Ironically, Brady fired a pick in that playoff game, a 28-21 loss to the Jets.
Rodgers’ best season in terms of interceptions was last year. He threw five against 38 touchdowns, good for a 1.0 percent interception rate.
And while he might not care to discuss it, besting all of these marks is obviously still on the table.
Every day I am thankful that AR plays for the Pack, and Alex Smith plays somewhere else – along with every other quarterback that has been drafted over the last 10 years….
Picks aren’t always on the QB. How many of AR’s picks last year were off the hands of our receiver? I seem to recall it was 3 or 4.
Rodgers has a chance go the season without throwing a pick, it’s unlikely, but conceivable. So far, this seems to be the year of the dink and dunk pass, which i’m not a huge fan of, but it gets the 0 line off the hook. I’m waiting for this passing game to open up a bit, but at the end of the day, if we keep winning its all good.
He already almost threw a pick. The guy is a lineman or linebacker and couldn’t hang onto the ball. If that was to a DB it would likely have not only been a pick.. but a Pick 6.
OMG! He ALREADY ALMOST threw ONE pick. If “ifs” and “buts” were candy and nuts then just maybe the Lions would have number 12 under center along with a Lombardi that actually matters instead of a Butterball Turkey and 4 losses in 4 games.