Packers' Rodgers must change roles

Aaron Rodgers needs a role change.
The Green Bay Packers' veteran quarterback (pictured) must do his best "Superman" impression by stepping into a phone booth and changing into Clark Kent.
Rather than being "Da Man," as he has been all these years, Rodgers must be "Da Manager" for the remainder of his NFL career. Don't get me wrong. The Packers road Rodgers' arm and legs for years, but it's time for a change. Not only for the franchise, but also for himself.
The first step began more than a year ago when head coach Mike McCarthy was fired. Loyal Packers' followers knew Rodgers and McCarthy had drawn lines in the sand. While they were joined arm and arm in the "Pass first, run second" philosophy for years, their divorce was imminent in 2018. One of them was going to leave and it wasn't Rodgers. Good call!
Exit McCarthy. Enter young Matt LaFleur, an NFL head coaching newcomer with an entirely different offensive scheme, including a run-pass-option game.
Despite all eyes on the new marriage for months, Rodgers and LaFleur hit it off beautifully and the Packers finished with a surprising 13-3 regular-season record.
By most standards, Rodgers has had an uncharacteristic down year, but the Packers still won. That's most important.
Rodgers certainly isn't washed up, but as he openly describes in golf terms, has "made the turn to the back nine," of his stellar career. That doesn't mean the 36-year-old doesn't have it anymore. Personally, I would take Rodgers any time, any day against every other QB in the league, especially in the playoffs. However, injuries are beginning to take their toll on the sure first-time ballot NFL Hall of Famer.
So, how can he change?
First, Rodgers is extremely cerebral, a chess master who continues to out-think even the best NFL defensive coordinators in the league. He is a true veteran leader, the man players and coaches rely upon. Rodgers still has a very good arm, although not as strong before his two collarbone injuries. He is also a very good scrambler, although his legs are showing their age, and wear and tear as the Green Bay starting quarterback for the last 17 seasons. Yet, perhaps his best strengths now are running backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams.
Rodgers' most glaring weakness, at least this year, is passing accuracy. He's been off a tick or more several times, including 16 overthrows in the season finale at Detroit. However, he still connected on some precise throws only Aaron Rodgers can make in many other games including a few in Green Bay's "must-win" regular-season finale over Detroit for the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. The other weakness is a sub-par receiving corps other than No. 1 Davante Adams.
To prolong his career and boost the playoff run, Rodgers must become more of a game manager than a game changer, similar to what other older quarterbacks such as Tom Brady and Drew Brees have become. Rodgers should not try to carry the team on his shoulders alone. Focus more on the rushing and the short passing games which, in turn, should free up receivers downfield. It will not only serve Rodgers well now, but also in the long run as he enjoys a career into his 40s.

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