Aaron Rodgers has not looked like himself this season, and in fact, he didn’t look like himself for much of the second half of last season. Through fives games this year, he has completed just 60.2 percent of his passes and is averaging just 234 passing yards per game to go with 12 touchdowns (10 pass, two rush) and four interceptions.
Why has he struggled so much?
“That is a head-scratcher as much as any other topic in the NFL right now,” NFL on CBS analyst Steve Beuerlein said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “His level of performance over the past almost full season now – if you look back to the second half of last season – the numbers are not where they need to be and where you would expect them to be. They’re not anywhere close. They’re nowhere near where they need to be. His body language, to me, says a lot. He’s extremely frustrated. I think it’s on him to step up and try to right this ship. Aaron has done it before. We all remember a couple years ago when people were counting them out. He got this thing turned around. It’s going to take something like that from him. But when you look at Tom Brady and Drew Brees – even though it’s been a while since (the Saints have) had a good year, you never look at him and see his body language and you get the message or you get the impression that he looks defeated.
“Your franchise quarterback can’t do that,” Beuerlein continued. “You never see that with Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers – these guys are always competing, they’re fighting, and their attitude and their body and language is, ‘Hey, next time we get the ball, we’re going to take it and we’re going to go down the field and we’re going to score and we’re going to get this thing figured out. I think Aaron Rodgers has to look in the mirror and try to find a way to inspire his teammates with the way he carries himself on a day-in and day-out basis instead of kind of exuding the image that he’s putting out there right now of being a little bit defeated at this point.”
The Packers (3-2) host the Bears (1-5) on Thursday Night Football at 8:25 p.m. ET.