Jason Garrett knows what he sees when he is watching film.
The Dallas Cowboys head coach was asked about the struggles that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been having lately.
“It’s certainly different for him because he’s been at the top,” Garrett told the media via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “We watch the tape more than we look at the numbers. He still makes a ton of plays.”
The last two sentences define Rodgers’ last couple of seasons. A perfect example is the Packers’ divisional round loss to the Arizona Cardinals last season. Rodgers kept the game alive in spectacular fashion with a Hail Mary, however, he also only completed 56.3 percent of his passes in two playoff games.
The Ringer’s Danny Kelly looked into that and more in his article that discussed Rodgers’ decline. He talked about Rodgers not relying on his fundamentals as much, head coach Mike McCarthy’s offense and a reduction in depth at the wide receiver position. Rodgers has completed around 65 percent of his passes for most of his career, but he only completed 60.7 percent of his passes last season, and so far this season his completion percentage has fallen to 56.1 percent.
4 games in Aaron Rodgers has lowest completion % of any qualified QB in the NFL. Despite a 3-1 record, do you think Rodgers is regressing? pic.twitter.com/KgAj5Z2Wti
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Most importantly, the Packers offense no longer looks unstoppable. There was a time when Rodgers looked to be able to put a football anywhere on the field from any position. Lately, the Packers offense has looked like it needs a jump.