During a discussion on ESPN’s “Organized Chaos” podcast this week, Ryan did not mince words when reacting to co-host Bart Scott’s prediction that Rodgers will head to the Broncos this offseason, as has been rumored.
“If he goes to Denver, he’s the third-best quarterback in that division,” said Ryan. “You’re going to put him with Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes? I’m not. I won’t. I’m gonna tell you why I won’t do that. Aaron Rodgers is phenomenal. But ten years ago, I’d put him in there. But not now. He’s much older.
“Let’s look at the numbers,” Ryan continued about Rodgers. “When his line protects him, in other words, they win every one of their matchups, Aaron Rodgers is by far and away the No. 1 quarterback in the league. He threw 31 touchdown passes and one interception when his offensive line won their matchups. When they did not win their matchups, he is 26th in the league. So if one guy misses, he is 26th in the league.”
To be fair, Rodgers is the reigning NFL MVP and is probably about to win his second-straight MVP, so it’s not like he’s just hanging on out there. It’s true that Mahomes, at 26-years-old, can make a case for being the most valuable quarterback in the league right now. As for Herbert, while he’s certainly proven himself to be a solid young quarterback, let’s pump the brakes on saying he’s better than Aaron Rodgers until he at least makes the playoffs once.
Rodgers doesn’t do too well with criticism from any corner, so if he does happen to hear about Ryan’s comments here, we’ll probably hear his rebuttal soon enough.