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Updated on December 21, 2014

What do you mean, "system QB?"

Aaron Rodgers is a great QB AND a system QB.

Most times when you call someone a "system QB," it means that they owe all of their statistical and overall success to the system they run their offense out of and that in another system, they would fail.
There are two situations that produce system QBs.
On one hand, some coaches really love systems.
Chip Kelly is an example. His fast-paced, audible based offense is the offense that he would prefer to run. So he would draft a QB to fit that scheme.
On the other, sometimes the best QB on your roster has a very specific skillset, maybe one that you doesn't particularly fit your offense. So you make adjustments to fit their needs.
What the Raiders did with Terrelle Pryor in 2013 is an example. He wasn't a very talented or intelligent passer but he had great speed, so they called plays that fit his run and gun abilities.

Now we come to Aaron Rodgers.
Before anyone gets too upset and starts flinging statistics at me, I do think that Aaron Rodgers is a very good QB and could have success in almost any kind of offense.
He's got a good arm, incredible touch, a brilliant football mind, and great athleticism.
Before Andrew Luck was drafted, Aaron Rodgers was my favorite quarterback to watch.

However...
Let's not pretend he's got a tough job in Green Bay.
He's had a plethora of talented receivers over the years like Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones, Randall Colb, Jordy Nelson, and the injured tight end, Jermichael Finley.
And let's not pretend the NFC North has been home to talented secondaries over the years.

He's got a pretty sweet gig going on in Green Bay. And his stats have reflected it.
Since taking over for Brett Favre in 2008, Rodgers has thrown for over 27,700 yards and 220 touchdowns, winning 3 division titles, 1 conference title, and a Super Bowl.

Here's where I feel like the system might play a bigger part than the media is willing to admit.
One man.
Two words.
Three free agency failures.
Matt Flynn.

For those unfamiliar with Matt Flynn, he was a back-up in Green Bay who showed flashes of great potential when he was given opportunities.
After Aaron Rodgers got a concussion in 2010, Flynn stepped in against the Patriots and threw for over 250 yards and 3 touchdowns.
In another start, the final game of the 2011 season, Flynn threw for a Green Bay record 480 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Many people thought the Packers had simply been struck by lightning twice and had found yet another great quarterback in the draft, and many people began speculating about what lucky team would give Flynn a chance to shine.
Well, at first that team was Seattle.
The Seahawks gave Flynn a three-year, 20 million dollar contract to come be their quarterback.
That was... until he performed so badly in the pre-season that third round pick, Russell Wilson beat him for the job.
Flynn rode the bench all year until he was traded to the lovely Oakland Raiders for multiple conditional picks.
And what happened there?
He was beat out in mini-camp by Terrelle Pryor.
Terrelle. Pryor.
And when Flynn did get in for the Raiders, he was god awful, and was eventually cut for undrafted rookie, Matt McGloin.
He had a stint in Buffalo where he couldn't even beat Jeff Tuel out for the job...
Right before he returned to Green Bay.

Well surely he failed in Green Bay, yes?
Nope. He threw for 8 TDs and over 1,000 yards as he kept the Packers' post-season hopes alive while Rodgers recovered from injuries.
Over his last three starts, Flynn threw for 789 yards, 7 TDs, and 3 INTs.
Over Rodgers' last three starts, he threw for 880 yards, 5 TDs, and 2 INTs.

Russell Wilson beat out Matt Flynn.
Terrelle Pryor beat out Matt Flynn.
Jeff Tuel beat out Matt Flynn.
But Matt Flynn was able to fill in for MVP favorite, Aaron Rodgers?
I mean, hell, only Wilson is still playing in the NFL.

If Matt Flynn can't play anywhere else,but can thrive in the system, and have better numbers than Rodgers during a MVP season... That really says something.

So, do I think Rodgers is a great QB? Absolutely, top 3 (until Luck comes of age).
But do I think he'd be in the same conversation as Tom Brady if he played in a different season? No way.

Why is Aaron Rodgers so successful?

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Jim Harbaugh: My Worst Nightmare or Dream Come True?

Let's just state the obvious.
The 49ers are done with Jim Harbaugh.
The Raiders need an established Head Coach.
Jim Harbaugh already lives in the Bay Area, a place it is rumored he does not want to leave, and the Raiders gave Harbaugh his first job as a coach.
It seems like it might be meant to be.
So, now that it may be less of an if and more of a when, let's talk about whether this "could I?" ought to be a "should I?"

The Positives.
In 2011, he gave the Niners their first winning season since 2002 with their first of two straight division championships and three straight NFC Championship appearances.
There's no question he's got coaching chops, even in college, when he coached Stanford, they were constantly national contenders.
Of course... That have had something to do with Andrew Luck playing QB... but... Still...
He's had success as a coach, and given his knowledge of the quarterback position, he could be the perfect man to bring Derek Carr along.

The Negatives.
There's nothing good about Colin Kaerpernick as a passer, and at times, their offense has been extremely predictable.
You can't ignore all of the red flags about him either.
He's apparently far too competitive.
A story came out about him targeting a ten year old in lazer tag so he would win.
The post-game interview after he lost the Super Bowl to his brother was simply whiny and pathetic.
And supposedly his players hate him.
Now, I'm not one to buy anything the media says without questioning it, but it does bring up a huge question.

After all of the success he has brought to the 49ers... Why do they want to get rid of him?
If I had a coach who fell short of a Super Bowl win and NFC Championship win by one play in the three years he coached for me, how is he expendable?

Maybe the 49ers are foolish, maybe the media is just as deceptive and manipulative as we have come to know.

Or maybe... Just maybe, Harbaugh is a poison for his locker room and the Raiders are about to take the dreaded two steps back...

For now, I'll just wait and see. For I still suspect that his ties to Michigan are a little stronger than he lets on.

Harbaugh Gossip.

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      anniegelderman 

      3 years ago

      As always, provocative opinion backed up by stats!

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