We won’t get a RELAX proclamation from Aaron Rodgers, or a statement that the Green Bay Packers will “run the table” just yet.
But with the Packers in the midst of a three-game losing streak and with a 3-4 record, their four-time MVP quarterback still feels there needs to be more accountability.
“You really have to know when is the right time to talk and when is the right time to listen,” Rodgers said during his Tuesday appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.” “We have two ears and one mouth for a reason. There are times to listen and then there are times when you’ve heard enough. And now it’s time to really crack the whip a bit. Maybe this moment. be this moment. It might be time to look for a few more opportunities to break the whip a bit.”
Aaron Rodgers says too many mental errors by Packers offense
In the aftermath of the team’s last defeat – the Packers fell to Washington COs, 23-21, and now as the Buffalo Bills’ double-digit underdog for this Sunday’s game — Rodgers said Tuesday that players making repeated mistakes shouldn’t be on the field.
Rodgers said the number of mental errors in a game for the Packers this season is consistently in the double digits, which he estimated at around 20% of total offensive plays. It’s “way too high,” Rodgers said.
“In the past, we were looking at less than 10%,” Rodgers said. “We have to fix this. Whatever it is. Guys who make too many mistakes shouldn’t be playing. You have to start reducing reps.”
Rodgers’ quarterback rating has been sub-100 the past four games, and he’s thrown less than 200 yards against the Commanders for the first time since the Week 1 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Receivers had multiple dropsAmari Rodgers fumbled a punt and as a team, the Packers had nine penalties for 69 yards.
Rodgers says commanders defense didn’t do anything special on Sunday
In the second quarter, three of the Packers’ drives totaled -13 yards and the average length of those possessions was 1 minute, 32 seconds. Drives averaged just over three plays per possession, all of which led to punts. So, was the commanders defense doing anything special?
“Nothing,” Rodgers said bluntly. “They had nothing to do. They rushed four guys, played cover four, some weak inserts and some man covers. That was it. They have good players. As far as schematics? (Nothing). “
It came down to “mental errors,” Rodgers said.
When asked if the loss of offensive coaches last year could play a role, Rodgers said that even if he misses them, there shouldn’t be a drop in execution because the offense passes. by one person.
“It’s Matt’s offense,” Rodgers said, referring to head coach Matt LaFleur. “It doesn’t matter who is there (offensive coordinator). It’s not like they have their own system.”
Rodgers says players need to ‘own’
For his part, Rodgers said it depends on the performance of the players.
“I think when the players really take over,” Rodgers said, “then you’re going to see the possibility of us having a run. We own the plan. We need everyone on the same page to make the games that are possible.
“There are too many times in the game where there are simple, simple things that don’t get done.”
Rodgers later pointed out “it’s about the players for sure, part about us. Part about the coaches to make sure we get all the details. But ultimately it’s about the players. Players win, players lose. It’s up to us to get this (expletive) fixed. We have to look at the habits, the details. These are correctable. We’re not dominated man to man. We fight most matches.
Rodgers, however, said he wasn’t losing faith in his teammates.
“I’m too optimistic,” Rodgers said. “I expect this high level. Sometimes they test my optimism for sure. It’s the good with the bad.”
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