NFL MVP voter Adam Schein doesn’t think the race is close at this point, picking Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers over “distant candidates” Eli Manning, Matt Forte and Frank Gore.
As if there was any other choice. He is the single best and most dominant player in pro football for the undefeated Packers. That defines MVP. Rodgers has become the single best quarterback in the NFL, having a season for the ages. I can give you the stats and tell you he has thrown for 2,619 yards and 24 touchdowns, becoming the first player in NFL history with at least 2,600 pass yards and 24 touchdowns in his team’s first eight games of the campaign. I can tell you Aaron Rodgers has attempted 265 passes and has been picked off just three times, completing 73 percent of his passes. It’s like he’s on auto pilot, playing pitch and catch with his receivers in the backyard with nobody defending. The stats are incredible, but it is so much more than that. Rodgers’ leadership is contagious and his knack for performing in the clutch is epic.
Associated Press NFL writer Barry Wilner, who organizes the MVP voting, doesn’t see it any differently but he does put some defensive players — Darrelle Revis, LaMarr Woodley and Haloti Ngata — in contention.
As the NFL has evolved into a quarterback-driven league, that position has dominated the headlines, the highlight shows and this award. Unquestionably the best QB in the league this year is Rodgers, who has parlayed his superb playoff run last winter, his Super Bowl MVP trophy and an unmatched sense of confidence — call it swagger — into a spectacular start.
Some would say the current version of Rodgers is better than any particular version of predecessor Brett Favre during his record-setting career. If Rodgers keeps this up, the full version could surpass Favre, too.