Green BAY, Wis. — People today who gave Aaron Rodgers grief about his seemingly laid-back again strategy just after the Eco-friendly Bay Packers’ blowout reduction to the New Orleans Saints in Sunday’s period opener ought to know this: He was conversing to his teammates much more than he was speaking to these on the exterior.
“If we are beginning to freak out immediately after just one 7 days,” Rodgers reported Thursday, “we’re in huge hassle.”
Rodgers prefaced it, of class, by acknowledging that the Packers have to perform significantly improved than they did in their 38-3 decline to the Saints at a neutral internet site in Jacksonville, Florida — a sport that was one particular of the worst of Rodgers’ job and his major margin of defeat in a video game he begun and concluded. It also was the worst decline in a time opener by a staff that performed in possibly the AFC or NFC championship video game the previous year.
If Rodgers’ technique soon after the reduction, when he known as it “just one particular game,” arrived throughout as cavalier, he described on Thursday that he selected people words and phrases to make certain his teammates realized that it wasn’t a loss of life knell for their season — 1 that began with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations.
“Each and every time I’m up right here, it is a information to all of them,” Rodgers reported.
Rodgers then referenced two of his a lot more renowned messages — his spelling out of R-E-L-A-X right after a 1-2 begin to the 2014 period and his “operate the table” belief when the Packers had been 4-6 in 2016.
“Now, I was not seeking to be inspiring,” Rodgers claimed of Sunday’s postgame information. “I was seeking to place the reduction in the context where it deserves to be put. And that is, it is really not appropriate, but it is just a person recreation and we’re not gonna be held prisoner mentally by that bad general performance.”
To listen to receiver Davante Adams tell it, which is accurately the way the gamers took it.
Adams stated the temper on the bus from the stadium to the airport was not of gloom and doom, contrasting it with some other losses wherever “everybody’s got their headphones on, nobody’s truly vibing with each individual other.”
“This was in all probability a person of the a lot quicker flushes that I’ve observed as considerably as me observing the relaxation of the team and looking at the coaches, how everybody’s responded from it,” Adams reported Thursday.
“I located that my teammates ended up capable to shake this one particular far better than what I have seen in the earlier. We have just received to make guaranteed we in fact do a little something about it this time so we don’t have to attempt to gauge everything or offer with that later on.”
The Packers have shed just 7 periods in Matt LaFleur’s 33 standard-year video games as head mentor, but Sunday’s was the third by 25 factors or more. Following every single of the to start with two, Rodgers responded by throwing four touchdowns in the video game that followed.
That’s also a indication that Rodgers and the Packers know how to rebound from embarrassing losses, and that undertaking so will not involve wholesale adjustments.
“I am not likely to make it more substantial than it was,” Rodgers said. “I’ll allow you men on the outdoors globe do all that. Seem, we’ve gained a large amount of games close to listed here. We’ve missing a couple. But you shift on. It does not issue if you perform outstanding and put up 50 or you get blown out. You go on to the next opponent.
“There should not be some huge drastic transform and alteration the way that we do points, the way we apply, the way we prepare. If it truly is excellent sufficient to get you to this issue, then it truly is excellent adequate from this level forward. I haven’t modified any of the stuff that I’ve been performing.”
That can be Rodgers and the players’ approach to Monday night’s property opener towards the Detroit Lions, but LaFleur claimed he and the coaches have an additional work, and it’s a significant a person.
“In which do I start off?” LaFleur mentioned Thursday when requested exactly where matters will need to strengthen this week. “It really is our responsibility as coaches to make certain our fellas are in the appropriate situation and they’re executing their assignments. I feel like that was a single of the games exactly where we had as many psychological problems as we have experienced in a extended time. So we clearly did not do a quite superior career as coaches getting our fellas [to the point of] figuring out the system inside and out, knowing the details.”