Aaron Rodgers has won NFL MVP in back-to-back years. He was voted the No. 1 quarterback in the NFL in a poll of coaches, executives and players by ESPN. And now he’s once again a Tier 1 quarterback in a poll of coaches and executives completed by The Athletic.
Mike Sando of The Athletic revealed his ninth annual “NFL Quarterback Tiers” survey, and Rodgers once again landed in the top tier. In fact, he was a unanimous pick in Tier 1 for the second year in a row and sixth time in nine years, prompting Sando to call him the “standard for Tier 1 quarterback play.”
Over the last two seasons, Rodgers has thrown 85 touchdown passes and only nine interceptions, and he led the NFL in passer rating and QBR each season. The Packers are 26-6 in his last 32 regular-season starts.
“Where is the flaw?” one defensive coach asked Sando. “He can make every throw, he has got command of things, he can read defenses, he is challenging to go against because of the mental part of it.”
With two more MVPs, Rodgers now has four overall, trailing only Peyton Manning (five) for the most ever.
Per Sando, Rodgers earned the top spot from voters with his “ability to elevate his weaponry and in how he not only outsmarts opponents, but relishes doing so.”
Rodgers, who turns 39 in December, will get a chance to prove his ability to elevate others in a new-look Packers offense that lost Davante Adams this offseason.
To conduct the survey, Sando polled six general managers, eight head coaches, 10 evaluators, 12 coordinators, six quarterback coaches and seven execs.