The Green Bay Packers were eliminated by the San Francisco 49ers in their divisional round playoff on Jan 23, ending Aaron Rodgers’ quest for a second Super Bowl ring. His future at Lambeau Field is now uncertain as he enters the summer. After the Packers failed to reach the Super Bowl once again, the questions surrounding his future plans once again must be asked.
This season, Rodgers has performed at his usual best. Despite missing some time due to Covid and the related controversies, the quarterback has put in some MVP-worthy performances. Currently, he’s the odds on favorite to win the season’s MVP award at the NFL Honors on Saturday, Feb 12. This would be his second award in successive years, a remarkable feat that few can argue with.
If the Packers had managed to beat the 49ers, they would have just been one game away from reaching another Super Bowl, needing to get past the Rams first. Instead, Rodgers will be watching on enviously as the Rams take on the Bengals on Sunday. The Rams are the favorites to lift the Vince Lombardi trophy, with odds of -200 at Betway. It will be a game to remember, with the Rams last winning in 2000 and the Bengals reaching the Super Bowl for the first time since 1988.
Did the Packers Fail Rodgers?
Despite being the season’s MVP, Rodgers wasn’t able to drag the Packers over the line. The Green Bay Packers had a good season, finishing first in the NFC North with a record of 13-4 in the regular season. Unfortunately, they lost their first playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers, meaning that they would be once again missing out on reaching the Super Bowl. The team and Aaron Rodgers now haven’t been to the Super Bowl since 2011, and time is starting to run out for the league’s top quarterback.
Rodgers is now thirty-eight years old, and while he’s still got a few seasons left at the top level, one major injury could always end things prematurely. He threw over 4,000 passing yards during the regular season and was certainly one of the league’s best-performing players on a consistent basis. Although behind other quarterbacks in total yards thrown, he still had a much higher pass rating than most others.
When asked about what his future would hold, Rodgers had the following to say: I’m going to take some time and have conversations with folks around here, and then take some time away and make a decision, obviously before free agency or anything gets going on that front.
“It’s fresh right now. A little shocking for sure. I was hoping to have a nice weekend for the NFC Championship, to enjoy the lead-up and then start contemplating some things, so I haven’t even let the moment really sink in yet.”
Who Could Replace Rodgers?
While Rodgers is one of the league’s best performing players and a top quarterback, he’s certainly not irreplaceable. Teams have succeeded in replacing big players before, and it’s a necessary part of maintaining a successful team.
Green Bay selected Jordan Love in the first round of the NFL Draft in 2020 with the intention of replacing Rodgers as the franchise quarterback. Rodgers was not expected to leave so soon at the time, and a more experienced quarterback would most likely be required.
The success of Matthew Stafford at the Los Angeles Rams shows that the Packers could potentially bring in an experienced player without too much difficulty. One option would be Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons. Ryan is a quality player who has perhaps not had the best of luck being on a side that has struggled. Although he’s entering the latter stages of his career, it would be an excellent trade that could provide the Packers with what they need.