Player of the Year: Aaron RodgersThat's right: Aaron Rodgers, in just his second season as a starting NFL quarterback, needs to win a playoff game to get the monkey off his back.
With all due respect to Prince Fielder, he is not the starting quarterback of the team that this state worships. Rodgers has spent most of the season running for his life and yet he has led this team to the playoffs and thrown for 4,000 yards. He finally led the Packers to a comeback victory--over the Bear no less--and now the only monkey he has to get off his back is winning in the playoffs.
Now, I'm no zoologist, but I believe the species of monkey to which Toddles is referring takes longer than two fucking years to grow to adult size and fully develop its back-clinging capabilities. For example, Tony Romo -- he of the two playoff appearances, one of which as the No. 1 seed in the NFC, and zero playoff wins -- might have to be worried about a simian attached to his dorsum. Aaron Rodgers? Not quite yet, methinks.
And, finally, I realize that Welter is from Chicago and is a Bears fan, but I suspect -- and I fear -- that the Llama's sentiments on A-Rodg are shared by a fair number of mouth-breathing Packer fans. Thus, for the memory-impaired Packer faithful, I present the following as a refresher in Green Bay quarterbacking history:
Aaron Rodgers, in Year Two as a starting quarterback (through 15 games):
63.9% completion percentage, 4199 yards, 29 touchdowns, SEVEN INTERCEPTIONS (for a mind-boggling 1.4% interception percentage); and 314 rushing yards with 4 rushing touchdowns, to boot. Quarterback rating: 102.4.
BreFarrrrrrvre, in Year Two as a starting quarterback:
60.4% completion percentage, 3303 yards, 19 touchdowns, TWENTY-FOUR (24) INTERCEPTIONS; and 216 rushing yards, with 1 rushing touchdown. Quarterback rating: 72.2.