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Thursday Morning Ramblings: Aaron Rodgers is the Clear MVP, or One Would Think

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I don’t particularly like Aaron Rodgers.

I’m not at all saying I think he’s a bad human being. I wouldn’t make such blanket judgments on Rodgers based on what I’ve seen from his public persona. And he’s one of my favorite Green Bay Packers and football players in general to watch of all time.

But I think it’s pretty clear he and I would not be buddies. 

The way he has used a national platform to spread roundly debunked and dangerous misinformation about a deadly global pandemic is cause enough for me to find distaste in Rodgers. 

But it’s also very clear he and I have extremely incompatible views of the world, regarding everything from his penchant for libertarianism to his interests in cryptocurrency and conspiracy theories.

I tell you this not because I’m about to launch into some rant about why my views on the world are superior to his, but because I very much expect some of these issues to play a role in deciding an award that is very much not at all related to these issues.

By now you’ve heard the quote from Chicago Bears enthusiast (and apparent journalist) Hub Arkush about Rodgers. The fact that he finds him to be one of the biggest jerks in the league (ok, slow down man) and that he cannot justify voting for him for the league’s Most Valuable Player based on how his actions this year “hurt his team.” 

That’s right, somehow this guy has a vote for MVP.

I don’t know that Rodgers is a jerk. I do know that I’m not particularly a fan of him personally just based on the visible, public things I see from him.

What I do know is that none of that should play a role at all in the MVP race.

What I also know (and have been saying on this website and on Twitter for weeks now) is that it absolutely will.

This is the first confirmed case we’ve had of an MVP voter straight up saying they will not vote for Rodgers because of his COVID-related idiocy earlier this year, but there have been other reports that a number of MVP voters are less than thrilled with the idea of Rodgers winning the award this year.

Anyone who has paid attention to these types of awards in the sports world knows how petty the sportswriters privileged enough to have a vote on them can be.

The problem isn’t quite as bad with football as it is with baseball, but it’s still present. Terrell Owens had to sait several years for inclusion in the Hall of Fame simply because journalists didn’t like him, when his on-field accomplishments more than merited first-ballot entry. 

We could very well see a situation this year where a number of voters refuse to vote for Rodgers because of their personal distaste for him.

That distaste is valid. Using it as a reason to not vote for him for the award is not.

Of course, we don’t know to what extent that will actually impact the vote. And unless more people like Arkush speak out, it will be impossible to say whether people’s votes took that into account. These folks might throw their votes at someone like Jonathan Taylor or Tom Brady instead, and we won’t know their reasoning unless they speak up.

Clearly, though, it’s going to be an issue to some degree. Which is a real shame, because Rodgers absolutely deserves to win his fourth MVP.

Rodgers has been remarkably efficient this season, especially after a relatively slow start to the year. His high level of play and remarkable consistency stand above many other contenders, especially given the number of injuries the Green Bay Packers have had to overcome, including along the offensive line. 

It would be a shame if what is supposed to be a football-only award was cheapened because of a bunch of cranky journalists who can’t separate their personal feelings from their professional responsibility, and the awesome privilege that comes with being one of just 50 people that has a vote.

Quick Hits: Week 18

Here are some random thoughts I have related to the Green Bay Packers and football in general as we head into week 18 and the Detroit Lions.

 

  • Very curious to see how much Matt LaFleur intends on playing the starters this weekend. He said he’s playing his guys, but does he really intend to keep them out there for a full game in a meaningless contest against a bad team? My guess is we see the starters until halftime, after which it’s the Jordan Love vs. TIm Boyle show.

 

  • Who could have predicted that LaFleur would lead the Packers to 39 (potentially 40) victories in his first three years as a coach? Remarkable.

 

  • Equally remarkable is the fact that the Packers are the first team in NFL HISTORY! to have three consecutive 13-win seasons. We are truly spoiled.

 

  • The Packers’ defensive performance against the Vikings was impressive even despite the fact that they were starting Sean Mannion. Obviously they were helped by bad quarterback play, but they tackled very well and flew toward the ball, two things that translate well across games regardless of the competition.

 

  • Based on what we’ve seen across the league, it’s very obvious that the 17th game was extremely unnecessary. We’re learning nothing new from the action this week, and if anything it only draws out the inevitable.

 

  • The 7th seed idea is also looking even worse this year than last year. Does anyone really want to see these teams in the playoffs?

 

  • Gotta love how other NFC North fans spent the whole offseason grousing about how Rodgers was gone and the Green Bay Packers were done for, and now they’re all going to be sitting and watching the Packers in the playoffs once again. 

 

  • Will we finally get Bakhtiari, Alexander, Smith or Myers back? Looks like not until the playoffs at least, but at this point I’m not expecting it to happen this season. The Packers have been the best team in football without them, so there’s still a path to a championship. But man would it be nice to get them back if possible.

The prediction

Honestly, who cares? 

But actually, this should be fun. Another good eval game for Jordan Love and some backups once the starters inevitably sit. I think they should have more than enough firepower to get past the Lions regardless of how long the first team plays.

Green Bay Packers 20, Detroit Lions 13

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Donna White

I think everyone has to Practice together so everyone on the Team knows how they throw and stuff.

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