Friday, September 27, 2013
Starter Pack: More on Rodgers, comebacks
By Rob Demovsky
A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
Considerable time has been spent this week writing about and discussing quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ record in close games and comeback situations in large part because he failed to lead a fourth-quarter comeback drive in last Sunday’s 34-30 loss at Cincinnati.
Much of the discussion centered around an ESPN Insider piece by Football Outsiders’ Scott Kacsmar, who went so far as to say Rodgers’ sub-par record in close games -- 5-24 in games when Rodgers had the ball in the fourth quarter and trailed by between one and eight points -- prevents him from being classified as one of the game’s truly great quarterbacks.
The latest to weigh in was Green Bay Press-Gazette columnist Mike Vandermause, who doesn’t believe it’s as big an issue as some have made it out to be.
In his column, he wrote: “It makes for a compelling story line, as long as you don’t mind numbers getting manipulated to argue a half-baked theory.”
Part of the reason this story has continued to have life this week is because the Packers are on their bye, and there simply isn’t much going on around the team.
On our ESPN.com Packers page, we broke down some of the key statistics through the first three games and compared them with last year’s season-long numbers.