Rodgers explained that his words on Sunday were for his teammates, not for outsiders.
GREEB BAY, Wis. – People who bemoaned Aaron Rodgers ‘seemingly laid-back approach after the Green Bay Packers’ crushing loss to the New Orleans Saints in Sunday’s season opener should know this: He talked more to his teammates than he did. who spoke to outsiders.
“If we start to freak out after a week, we’ll be in big trouble,” reflected Rodgers on Thursday.
Rodgers knows the Packers need to improve a lot from what they did in the 38-3 loss to Saints. at a neutral location like Jacksonville, Florida – a game that is among the worst in Rodgers’ career with the widest score against in his career in a game he’s started and finished. It was also the worst loss in Week 1 by a team to have played the AFC or NFC championship in the previous season.
If Rodgers’s approach after the loss, when he said that “it’s just a game,” was reckless, he explained Thursday that he chose those words to make sure his teammates knew that the loss is not to kill the season – one that started. with legitimate aspirations to the Super Bowl-.
“Every time I speak, it is a message to them,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers then touched on two of his most famous messages: his RELAX speech after a 1-2 start mark in 2014, and his “we’ll win the rest” when the Packers started 4-6 in 2016.
“Now, I wasn’t trying to be inspiring,” the quarterback said of his message on Saturday, “He was trying to put the defeat in the context where it should be. And that’s it, it’s not acceptable, but it’s just a match and we will not be mental prisoners of that poor performance ”.
Hearing wide receiver Davante Adams say it, is exactly how the players took it.
Adams stressed that the mood at the airport walk was not one of darkness or condemnation, contrasting it with other defeats in which, “everyone puts on their headphones, no one really talks much to others.”
“I find that my teammates shook off this defeat better than they did with others in the past. We just have to make sure we really do something about it, so we don’t have to put it as an indicator or deal with it later. “
The Packers have only lost seven times under Matt LaFleur in 33 regular-season games, but Sunday’s was third by 25 or more points. Then the first two, Rodgers responded by pitching for four touchdowns in the next game.
That’s also a sign that Rodgers and the Packers know how to respond after embarrassing losses, and doing so doesn’t require wholesale changes.
“I’m not going to make it bigger than it is,” Rodgers said. “I’ll let you people from the outside world do all of that. Look, we’ve won a lot of games. We’ve lost a few. But you keep going. It doesn’t matter if you play awesome or they run over you. You pass to the next opponent.”
“There shouldn’t be a big change and drastic alteration in the way we do things, the way we practice, the way we prepare. If it’s good enough to get you to a certain point, then it’s good enough for now. onwards. I I haven’t changed anything I’ve been doing. “
That may be the approach of Rodgers and the players for the first home game in the Monday Night Football (you will have them all for Star +) against the Detroit Lions, but LaFleur said he and the coaches have another job, and it’s important.
“Where do I start?” LaFleur wondered Thursday when asked where things need to improve this week. “It’s our responsibility as coaches to make sure our guys are in the right position and executing their assignments. I feel like that was one of the games where we had so many mental errors never in a long time. So obviously we didn’t do a good job. as coaches so that our boys knew the plan inside and out, all the details. “