Aaron Rodgers among aging QBs who struggled in Week 1: Examining who Father Time has caught up to

It used to be said over and over again that football is a game for young people. And for everyone Tom Bradyone could list hundreds of outstanding quarterbacks whose game was steadily falling, if not completely falling apart as we approached 40 years.

Father Time. Sickle. Undefeated. (Except TB 12.)

We’ve seen this in recent years with numerous quarterbacks who joined the league in the early to mid 2000s: Eli Manning slip away, and Giants everything turned out right the first time he was put on the bench; Peyton Manning going from breaking records to losing your job Brock Osweiler; Drew Brees no longer pushes the ball into the field; Philip Rivers preferring to train the ball in high school, rather than watch how cool the market for its services has formed; and Joe Flacco endure injury after injury and act as a safety net.

And although we only have one week, the longest season in Nfl History, there is no shortage of warning signs for nearly 40 years of recruitment. Alas, it was ugly for Aaron Rogers (37), Ben Rotlisberger (39) and Matt Ryan (36), and one cannot help but wonder how things are with the 16 games yet to be played. More than enough time to reverse the trend – although for Big Ben and Ryan the downward spiral began well before Sunday – and even Rogers, who finished MVP season, has raised wake-up calls and caused a lot of talk in the front offices. league about how this latest dance season could play out for him in Green Bay and what the future holds for him.

Rogers’ brutal exit against The Saints came with the least warning excuse on the field – he almost raised Packers To Super Cup a few months ago – although there were suitcases in terms of out-of-field drama, strife and PR wars. Rogers spoke frankly about all this (too frank for the Packers) and how close he came to retirement and how controversial he was about playing for this team again and how he had / holds grudges against the organization.

You can’t just wash it all off in six weeks of training camp. You can’t just turn off that drive and immediately heal the scar it carries and the grudge it holds for how Jordan Love a rough selection was made and the consequences from it. It won’t just go away. And based on his Sunday performance, during which he at times seemed confused, anxious, frustrated, annoyed and distant, you can forgive the scouts and NFL executives who watched this live or on tape for not jumping to conclusions. Considering Summer of Contempt’s background (sounds like a pay-per-view WWE) between him and the Packers management, and considering how discreet he can be, and considering how ugly this crime looked at the end of Mike McCarthy’s era, and how suspicious this squad was for Series Three the quarter plus one he played in before giving way to Love when he stood behind 38-3, is anyone surprised what people are saying?

“His head didn’t look like it was in the game,” said one executive who was watching the game closely. “I’m not sure if he was ready for this, or when things went wrong.”

Another said, “This was not the guy we saw last year. He looked old. Looked a little fragile. You must be concerned. ”

Another called me on Monday, asked what others had to say about the situation, and suggested the following: “It doesn’t look like he wanted to be there. Do you think they will exchange it if it lasts a couple more weeks? ”

One game and that’s it … but it was so bad. Views are taken from the side. Gestures with his hands. Body language on the bench. The live-action film itself and the boxing scoring itself (15 out of 28, pass for 133 yards, two picks and no points) all told the gruesome story that followed his off-season feud. Hosting modest Detroit Lions in prime time, with extra Monday night rest, it should just be the homecoming game this group desperately needs; and it will be better that way. Rogers attributed one interception on a shot in the groin and expressed the opinion that the team does not have enough energy for his friend Pat McAfee show the other day; It is impossible not to wonder what else he will have to say if this perennial playoff team collapses in October.


Ryan looked equally dazed. Eagles on Sunday. His lack of mobility and inability to build the elite attacking line he needs remain challenges, and rookie head coach Arthur Smith at times seemed overwhelmed (not building a red zone package around the rookie’s massive tight end. Kyle Pitts?). At this stage in his career, Ryan doesn’t like the fact that he is in a transition period.

Ryan’s days of being able to lead the squad seem long-standing, the lineup is in tatters, and the decision not to leave an aging quarterback with such a high draft filled with QB talent threatens to haunt this franchise for years to come. We know they are not that effective at handling the ball, and we know that Ryan is vulnerable to bags and that the ball best comes out very quickly behind that line. Two shots from a field goal and 164 yards of passes in the first home game at a staggering 4.7 (!) Yards per try will naturally raise questions, especially given the Falcons“A recent history of boring and uncreative season starts.

I’m not going to wake up in November this year, new coach or not. Of course they have a few dynamic traps, but will they be able to pass the ball to them as needed and enough to compensate for the ongoing responsibility of this defense? Not promising.


Roethlisberger authored the aging QB poster installed last year, as he and Steelers arrived in November as the league’s last undefeated team. Then the attack completely collapsed and they advanced to the playoffs and were defeated. Browns at home in the wild card round. Live in an empty set with a shotgun and throw in Juju Smith-Schuster do not survive the winter. Against Accounts, many problems remain.

Huge victory for Pittsburgh at Buffalo, but it’s all about the Steelers’ defense and special teams. The blocked punt was the biggest rally in the game, and during the break, the team’s drive table indicated: pant, pant, pant, pant, pant, end of half. They averaged 53 yards in the first half against Bill’s defense, which still has a lot to prove, and scored one attacking touchdown per game (on a move that started in midfield). They lost more than five minutes of possession time, the running game is still in development and the offensive line offers more questions than answers right now.

Despite all this revival chatter, the scope of the passing game remained fairly limited (5.9 yards per try) and their longest game of the day (just 25 yards) was played by the host. Chase Claypool… Some learning curve was expected with new coordinator Matt Kanada (QB coach in 2020) in charge, and of course they were on their way, but I can assure you there are plenty of skeptics as to how much the situation will improve. leave a year ago.

“The guy I saw on Sunday (Roethlisberger) was the same guy I saw in January,” said one executive reviewing the game.

Time is really ticking, and turning back the clock in this sport is not easy at all, especially in this position, despite what Brady continues to do. This is much more normal and even Rogers can become a victim.

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