Quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is off to a phenomenal start to the 2015 NFL season.
Not only has No. 12 led the Packers to a 3-0 start to open the year, he is putting up mind-boggling stats as well.
And this is coming after Rodgers won the NFL MVP award last season, which was the second time he walked away with that honor.
So far in three games, Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdown passes versus zero picks for 771 yards. That adds up to a whopping 135.4 passer rating.
When it comes to passer ratings, there is no one in the history of the NFL who is better.
Yes, No. 12 is the all-time leader in NFL career passer rating, with a mark of 106.8. No other quarterback in NFL history is above the 100 mark in their career.
This is based on at least 1,500 pass attempts.
Rodgers has had six straight seasons now of having a passer rating of over 100. That is unheard of. The former star at Cal is on his way to seven straight years, based on his start in 2015.
Rodgers also holds the best single-season passer rating mark in NFL history, when he compiled a 122.5 mark in 2011, which was the year Rodgers won his first NFL MVP award.
Rodgers is getting all types of accolades for his performance on the field.
After Rodgers threw five touchdown passes without a pick for 333 yards versus the Kansas City Chiefs Monday night at Lambeau Field, as the Packers won 38-28, head coach Mike McCarthy praised No. 12 as he talked with the media.
“He’s playing great football,” McCarthy said. “Aaron was phenomenal. Yes, he’s playing at a very, very high level.
“His ability to process information is the best I’ve ever been around. He watches their sidelines, picks up things. He just puts us in excellent plays.”
There is no question about that.
Another person who was very complimentary of the play of Rodgers is NFL scout Chris Landry. Landry is one of the best in the business when it comes to scouting, and I try to talk with him as often as I can.
If you have read my stories over the past few years, you know that I get the opinion of Landry quite frequently. And more times than not, his assessments are spot on.
I planned on talking with Landry this past Wednesday on 620 WDAE’s Steve Duemig Show. But before I even had a chance to talk with Chris, Duemig mentioned the play of Rodgers while talking with Landry.
Let’s just say that Landry was really impressed with No. 12.
“He’s the best right now that I’ve ever seen in all aspects of quarterback play,” Landry said. “I mean, there’s nothing this guy doesn’t do well. The cerebral part is where he has just become right on the level of the best.
“Can you imagine a guy with a gun for an arm and can throw every route? He is the most accurate, and has been for awhile, throwing on the move. [John] Elway could throw across his body where the coverage wasn’t.
“This guy [Rodgers] can throw it at any arm angle into the smallest spots. It’s just incredible. It’s like hitting fall-away jumpers all the time. This guy is just really innate. His anticipation skills are phenomenal. And the ability to extend the play.
“It doesn’t matter if a lineman is injured or a lineman missed a block, he’ll still extend it and he has the tremendous ability to adjust. Okay, like this broke down, so we are going to do this. He’s got all sorts of built-in options.
“He’s running the whole offense from under center, behind center and even post-snap. It’s a work of art. I have so much fun watching the coaching tape of him, as it’s truly an art form. It’s like watching Ben Hogan hit a golf ball. You just sit there mesmerized in a rocking chair and watch it flow so naturally.”
It does seem to flow very naturally. Rodgers looks like a kid in candy store every time he checks out an opposing defense before a given play.
Time will tell how Rodgers will continue to play the rest of the 2015 season, but it’s looking like he could have his best year yet.
Rodgers is only the second quarterback in NFL history to have thrown at least 10 touchdown passes and not have any interceptions in the first three games of the season.
Peyton Manning was the first to do that, when he did that in 2013, as he threw 12 touchdown passes without a pick. Manning won his fifth NFL MVP award that year.
Rodgers certainly is off to a great start this season which could garner him his second straight NFL MVP award and his third overall.
It’s still way too early to speculate about who will win the award, as a number of players are off to great starts early in the 2015 NFL season. Players like Tom Brady, Andy Dalton and Carson Palmer, who also play the quarterback position.
Brady has yet to throw an interception this season as well, plus has nine touchdown passes and has thrown for 1,112 yards.
Bottom line, there are still 13 more games to be played this season for NFL teams. There is a lot of time to separate yourself from the pack in terms of being a NFL MVP candidate.
That being said, I believe the award will come down to either Rodgers or Brady.
Which would be very apropos, as I also expect their two teams to meet in Super Bowl 50, which will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
That is also quite appropriate, as both Rodgers and Brady grew up in northern California, as Rodgers hails from Chico, while Brady comes from San Mateo.