Aaron Rodgers: We have to be better when our best is needed

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The Packers were 4-6 and in danger of missing the playoffs last season before they reeled off eight straight wins to advance to the NFC title game.

Their run came screeching to a halt during that game in Atlanta, however. The Falcons were up 24-0 at halftime and cruised to a 44-21 win that left the Packers one game short of the Super Bowl for the second time in the last three years.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said “to do what we did is awesome,” but noted that it wasn’t enough and that the team should be left with a simple message from the way their season ended.

“Going forward, we have to be better when our best is needed. All around — offense, defense, special teams,” Rodgers said, via ESPN.com. “There are plays in that Atlanta game that, if they go our way, it’s a different ballgame. We missed a kick, we fumbled, we go stagnant on offense and the next thing you know, it’s 31-0. You’re not going to win games like that against good teams. I think we’ve rebuilt a little bit, but we’ve got to see what we’ve got here.”

The Packers’ rally to win the division was certainly impressive, but it’s not the sort of thing you can count on happening on a yearly basis. Playing better earlier would also give them a better shot of playing those crucial playoff games at home, something that hasn’t been the case in their last three playoff losses.

73 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: We have to be better when our best is needed

  1. Yeah, miss one kick, next thing you know you’re down 31-0 … sorry but Packers were completely outgunned against the falcons

  2. “…it’s 31-0. You’re not going to win games like that against good teams.”

    The Patriots do, suck it up buttercup and play better.

  3. So obvious as to be unnecessary. About as useful as below:

    From Chung Mee in the movie Volunteers:

    We must do what we must do. For if we do not do what we must do, what must get done does not.

  4. grumpysal says:
    May 12, 2017 11:49 AM
    “…it’s 31-0. You’re not going to win games like that against good teams.”

    The Patriots do, suck it up buttercup and play better.

    ——————-

    I try to support the Patriots due to the ridiculous deflategate, but fans like you make it difficult. This article has nothing to do with them, so don’t bring them up.

  5. “We missed a kick, we fumbled, we go stagnant on offense and the next thing you know, it’s 31-0.”
    ————
    “blah, blah, someone else’s fault, blah, blah, someone else’s fault, blah, blah”

  6. Well Dom Capers has “other” plans for his attrocious defense.

    Aaron is but 1 man…..he has to make up for the mistakes of a Roster with No RB’s & no good-great defensive players with a DC who falls asleep in the booth.

  7. 8 posts and not one by a packer fan. Nice. Cody don’t you have anything better do do than constantly post incomprehensible vile towards the team that is light years better than yours?

  8. blah, blah, someone else’s fault, blah, blah, someone else’s fault, blah, blah
    ——–
    Hey genius, you do realize you copied and pasted the part where he said the offense went stagnant right? And you realize that AR leads the offense right? So in what world is he saying this is someone else’s fault? I realize you are a huge troll but still, try to make some sense.

  9. “The Patriots do….play better.”

    Were the Patriots playing without their top four (4!) CBs? Were the Patriots Oline injuries so numerous that they had to use a defensive lineman on their Oline?

    AR can’t say it, but injuries crushed GB all year. It was amazing to put the win streak together under the circumstances.

  10. The Patriots do, suck it up buttercup and play better.
    ———
    Yeah but it’s easier when you steal the other teams signals and playbook.

  11. “It’s TomBrady though”.—
    Maybe next time the Falcons can say the same thing about Rodgers.

  12. If by “miss a filed goal” he actually means “have no defensive backs”…I agree.

  13. “Offense went stagnant” does not equal “I need to play better”. There’s 11 people on offense and someone calling the plays, saying the offense went stagnant is another way to deflect responsibility, genius.

  14. “I think we’ve rebuilt a little bit, but we’ve got to see what we’ve got here.”

    Not exactly a ringing endorsement of the roster around you Aaron. I am in fact a Packers fan but even I can see the ongoing trend of futility.

    First, it starts with the cheapskate GM Ted Thompson. He is so arrogant that he thinks all the players that the Packers need are his mediocre draft picks. Why pass on the next Patrick Willis in Rueben Foster when all you picked up is a 4th round pick that became Vince Biegel? Kevin King may be a decent corner but a dominant MLB will instantly improve the entire defense and make everyone around him better. (see Bobby Wagner, Luke Kiechly etc…) Why would you draft 3 running backs when there are clear gaping holes in the secondary?

    And Aaron isn’t helping matters by taking up 12% of the salary cap with his massive 20 million dollar cap hit. Its really no wonder the Patriots keep on winning year after year. They just get it, Brady takes less money, Hoody builds a better team around him.

    TED IS WASTING THE CAREER OF THE MOST PHYSICALLY TALENTED QB IN NFL HISTORY

  15. pkrlvr says:
    May 12, 2017 12:22 PM
    The Patriots do, suck it up buttercup and play better.
    ———
    Yeah but it’s easier when you steal the other teams signals and playbook.

    —–

    It officially sounds idiotic when this is said because it’s so clear that this knee-jerk excuse has nothing to do with why the Patriots won, or win.

    Do better next time.

  16. “The Packers were 4-6 and in danger of missing the playoffs last season before they reeled off eight straight wins to advance to the NFC title game.”

    I have to give Rogers credit. Things were looking bad and he stuck his neck out and proclaimed they would win out and make the playoffs…..and they did.

  17. Packers fans can make all the excuses they want. He just doesn’t win enough. Great QB, true. But, he’s basically on the same track as PManning. Until Manning rode the coattails of the Denver D into a 2nd SB Championship. Rodgers is 9-7 in the playoffs, including a 4-0 run during his one SB yr. JFlacco could do that.

  18. While I agree it is a free country and you can say what you want, we always seem to find Patriot fans commenting on stories about other teams. If I were to base my opinion on what I read here, there are, by far, more Pat fans on this board that any other team.

    While I get that they were wronged with deflategate – I actually read most of the report – they need to get over it and move on, just like Tom Brady did.

  19. How would a deluded skoltroll have an idea of what is everyone else’s best is when their best is being the only team in league history to start a season 5-0 and miss the playoffs?

  20. embarrassment to the NFC North in the NFC Championship game…Vikings will turn that around in 2017 #nodefenseinturdtown

    —————————————————————–

    Yup, and I just saw some pigs flying too!!!

  21. ““Going forward, we have to be better when our best is needed.”

    And when their best is not needed and its not for ‘all the marbles’ then Rodgers would rather be playing with Joe Jonas in LA than playing football in Green Bay.

  22. Packers were lucky to make the playoffs last year. Their secondary sucked and despite the two draft picks still will this year too. Their existing players regressed last year and they lost the ones that didn’t.

    Beyond that, their OL won’t be as good either. They lost Sitton and Lang over the past year or so and their replacements are not as good.

    Rodgers got sacked 45 times last year despite having the best pass pro line in the league. How many times will he get sacked this year?

    Those sacks don’t get any easier on a QB hitting his mid-30s.

  23. Norseman says:
    May 12, 2017 1:29 PM
    Packers were lucky to make the playoffs last year. Their secondary sucked and despite the two draft picks still will this year too. Their existing players regressed last year and they lost the ones that didn’t.

    Beyond that, their OL won’t be as good either. They lost Sitton and Lang over the past year or so and their replacements are not as good.

    Rodgers got sacked 45 times last year despite having the best pass pro line in the league. How many times will he get sacked this year?

    Those sacks don’t get any easier on a QB hitting his mid-30s.

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    Even if true, do you really expect the Vikings to end the season with a better record than the Packers? I certainly do not.

  24. Why would you draft 3 running backs when there are clear gaping holes in the secondary?
    ——————-
    When I asked this same question all I get are cheese colored excuses about adding depth being important (because you know having 4 RBs deep is so important). Glad to see there is one reasonable Packer fan who won’t just blindly praise everything the Packers do.

  25. The Packers worst error is losing to bad teams on the road in the regular season.

    Losses @IND, @TEN last year.

    Loss @BUF in 2014.

    Can’t lose those games. They need to be automatic. That’s part of what ears the #1 seed.

  26. Do we Viking fans really have room to talk? 1 playoff win in the past 10 years. And before that, we were blown out 41-0 by the Giants. Our franchise QB can’t even walk upright anymore. If it weren’t for Chicago, we’d be in the cellar every year. Just pointing out facts here.

  27. No need to trash the Pack — they won the NFCN and made a strong playoff run. However, I’m not sure Rodgers and the offense could have played much better at the end of the season or in the playoffs. For that matter, the defense played about as good as it could given the skill level of the remaining healthy players. What Rodgers should be saying is that management first needs to beef up the defensive personnel so they can then play better.

  28. packers are years away from building a D. It doesn’t happen overnight and Thompson has whiffed too many times on D and hasn’t budgeted well enough to keep strong cap health to keep those he needed to keep.

    He also wildly overpaid for Nick Perry who has been pretty average.

  29. “There are plays in that Atlanta game that, if they go our way, it’s a different ballgame. We missed a kick, we fumbled, we go stagnant on offense and the next thing you know, it’s 31-0.”
    ____

    Sounds like Rodgers has been listening to his fans. Yep, a missed kick, a fumble, and all of a sudden it’s 31-donut. The game could have gone either way, really.

  30. skittlesareyum says:
    May 12, 2017 11:55 AM

    grumpysal says:
    May 12, 2017 11:49 AM

    “…it’s 31-0. You’re not going to win games like that against good teams.”

    The Patriots do, suck it up buttercup and play better.

    ——————-

    I try to support the Patriots due to the ridiculous deflategate, but fans like you make it difficult. This article has nothing to do with them, so don’t bring them up.
    ____________

    The Patriots were in the same situation as the Packers were against the same team just two weeks later, and they came back to win the game. How is that not relevant?

  31. ariani1985 says:
    May 12, 2017 12:27 PM
    watching the inevitable playoff meltdown has become very amusing!!! Don’t change a thing!!!
    ===================================Almost as much fun as watching the Vikings lose their one playoff game, when they make the playoffs at all.

  32. Trent Dilfer = Rodgers
    ===================================
    Anyone who thinks that Trent Dilfer even equals Jay Cutler, let alone Aaron Rodgers, obviously knows very little about football.

  33. “Why would you draft 3 running backs when there are clear gaping holes in the secondary?”

    I agree. Though there was a time when McCarthy had 3 fullbacks on the active roster…..

  34. crownofthehelmet says:
    May 12, 2017 12:39 PM
    “Offense went stagnant” does not equal “I need to play better”. There’s 11 people on offense and someone calling the plays, saying the offense went stagnant is another way to deflect responsibility, genius.
    ===================================
    This just in: Aaron Rodgers plays on the offense. Saying the “offense went stagnant” would be including his play as well. So when you’re passing game isn’t going well, you’re running game isn’t going well, and you miss a field goal when you’re down 7-0 and fumble the ball away on the goal line when it’s 10-0, those are pretty critical errors when it’s the beginning of the 2nd quarter, and your QB has thrown for nearly 100 yards and taken your team down the field with nothing to show for it because of errors not related to the QB.

  35. Hey, Frank – Thanks for taking the time to correct everybody today.

    By the way, Y-O-U-R is “your.” Y-O-U-apostrophe-R-E means “you are.”

  36. The Phantom Stranger says:
    May 12, 2017 3:46 PM
    “There are plays in that Atlanta game that, if they go our way, it’s a different ballgame. We missed a kick, we fumbled, we go stagnant on offense and the next thing you know, it’s 31-0.”
    ____

    Sounds like Rodgers has been listening to his fans. Yep, a missed kick, a fumble, and all of a sudden it’s 31-donut. The game could have gone either way, really.

    ——–

    SAys the fan whose team has never won the Super Bowl. We don’t listen to negatives like you in our organization.

    #PositiveWarrios

  37. hehateme2 says:
    May 12, 2017 2:52 PM
    Rogers>brady

    ——

    Someone from a company named Historical Data & NFL Hardware just called on line one…

    He said you might just be wrong about that.

  38. No problem there, Phantom. I sometimes make mistakes in tense or typos when I’m typing quickly-the fact that you have to resort to pointing that out rather than debate reveals that you have little to bring to the table.

    And I wasn’t correcting anyone- just expressing my opinion. It’s confusing, I know. But if y-o-u-‘r-e going to start correcting the English of others, I would suggest that you begin by checking yours.

  39. The Packers are still the team to beat in the North Division. That’s where it all starts. The Bears fans know it. The Lions fans know it. The Viking trolls and their wannabe haters, well, they’re delusional.

    I mean, just read some of their jealousy-filled comments. They want the success we enjoy. They want it bad. They’re tired of eating our crap sandwiches.

    All I can say is……….Bon Appetit!

  40. So much barking from a fan base of a 3rd place team.
    The Barneys are truly the most delusional fans in the NFL.

    Your team can’t compete with the Lions, let alone the Green Bay Packers.
    And you should seriously be concerned about the Bears creeping up from behind.

    Because of the timely scoring by your special teams and defense, that 5-0 start was just a mirage.
    The second half of the season was a more accurate assessment of your team. (Cue all the injury whining.)

    Trust me, with that anemic offense, you are a lot closer to having a 5-11 team.
    Laugh it up now, but once again, I can’t wait for real actual tackle football to start.

  41. Hilarious how you packer fans rip on the irrelevant Vikings when someone who isn’t a Viking fan rips the packers. It really is all you got.

    Well other than epic playoff chokes that is.

  42. pkrh8tr says:
    May 12, 2017 6:26 PM
    Hilarious how you packer fans rip on the irrelevant Vikings when someone who isn’t a Viking fan rips the packers. It really is all you got.
    ===================================
    Vikings’ fans do the identical thing. You see the same stuff on Steelers/Ravens threads. Between all sorts of rivals. It’s really not that hilarious or outrageous. Pretty common here. Welcome to PFT.

  43. pkrh8tr says:
    May 12, 2017 6:26 PM
    Hilarious how you packer fans rip on the irrelevant Vikings when someone who isn’t a Viking fan rips the packers. It really is all you got.

    Well other than epic playoff chokes that is.
    ////////////////////////////////

    More epic than owning the all-time NFL record for the most one-and-done postseason appearances in the history of professional football?

    I think not.

  44. even if he never wins another championship, he is already better than any Vikings player ever. how does that feel?

    jealousy is a disease. get well soon. ❤

  45. stellarperformance says:
    May 12, 2017 6:43 PM
    pkrh8tr says:
    May 12, 2017 6:26 PM
    Hilarious how you packer fans rip on the irrelevant Vikings when someone who isn’t a Viking fan rips the packers. It really is all you got.

    Well other than epic playoff chokes that is.
    ////////////////////////////////

    More epic than owning the all-time NFL record for the most one-and-done postseason appearances in the history of professional football?

    I think not.

    ——

    So let me get this straight. Being a fan of a team that constantly dangles a carrot in front of you only to pull out the rug ripping out your heart strings is better than being a fan that rarely makes the playoffs and when they do they lose.

    Thinking is not your strong suit.

  46. frank booth says:
    May 12, 2017 6:42 PM
    pkrh8tr says:
    May 12, 2017 6:26 PM
    Hilarious how you packer fans rip on the irrelevant Vikings when someone who isn’t a Viking fan rips the packers. It really is all you got.
    ===================================
    Vikings’ fans do the identical thing. You see the same stuff on Steelers/Ravens threads. Between all sorts of rivals. It’s really not that hilarious or outrageous. Pretty common here. Welcome to PFT.

    —–

    No what’s common is packer fans ripping on the Vikings when they get called out even though they are being called out by a non-Viking fan. I don’t see that on raven-stellar threads. Welcome to reality.

  47. crownofthehelmet says:
    May 12, 2017 11:55 AM
    “We missed a kick, we fumbled“blah, blah, someone else’s fault, blah, blah, someone else’s fault, blah, blah”
    ////////////////////

    You’re still bitter about the beat down MVP Rodgers laid on the Steelers.

  48. pkrh8tr says:
    May 12, 2017 11:02
    So let me get this straight. Being a fan of a team that constantly dangles a carrot in front of you only to pull out the rug ripping out your heart strings is better than being a fan that rarely makes the playoffs and when they do they lose.

    Thinking is not your strong suit.
    //////////////////////////////////////

    The “so close, but oh so far” games the Packers leave themselves with every year are reserved for the final four participants, none of whom are chokers.

    The Vikings never get close enough to know what is required to pull it off. You didn’t see the Cowboys game? Did the Packers look like chokers in that postseason game?

    When a troll calls the Packers chokers, a Viking troll at that, there isn’t a person less qualified for an opinion of that nature than a Viking fan.

    Why don’t you clowns get drunk and pick fights with the Bears or the Lions fans for a while. I know that’s your favorite pasttime, but it’s beyond tiresome.

  49. Again. You prove my point over and over and over. Come up with something new.

    Arrogant annoying packer fans. You set a fine example.

  50. The guy who keeps saying the same thing over and over wants others to come up with something new while he keeps saying the same things over and over.

    This is actually happening.

  51. pkrh8tr says:
    May 13, 2017 9:16 PM
    Again. You prove my point over and over and over. Come up with something new.

    Arrogant annoying packer fans. You set a fine example.
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    You can always stay off Packer threads. That might help.

    By the way……..what was your point?

  52. frank booth says:
    May 13, 2017 11:07 PM
    The guy who keeps saying the same thing over and over wants others to come up with something new while he keeps saying the same things over and over.

    This is actually happening.

    —–
    I couldn’t agree with you more. Your post summed up exactly what Aaron Rodgers has been saying about the team but not about himself.

    Bravo.

  53. Aaron Rodgers said “Going forward, we have to be better when our best is needed. All around — offense, defense, special teams…” Aaron Rodgers not only plays on offense, but is the main cog. Not much of a leap to infer that he commenting on his play as well.

    I’m surprised you didn’t pick that up- you and ariani1985 are two of the more knowledgeable Vikings’ fans on PFT.

  54. I keep saying the same thing over and over because you packer fans. …err I mean and one bear fan… keep slamming the Vikings when a non Viking fan slams the packers. I know. I get it. It’s all you got. Which I’ve said OVER and OVER (that’s for you cellar because appearantly you can’t comprehend reading).

    I know it’s hard but try. I mean franky told me to move out of Mequon which I have to admit is original. Impractical but original. Cellar telling me to quit reading/posting on packer threads (the only thing I post on) which i could do but why. It’s fun and easy to get under your thin skins

    Make you a deal cellar. Don’t post on anything but packer threads and I won’t post on them. Bet you won’t do it. Which I don’t blame ya. I wouldn’t do it either. You need to get you fix of ripping the Viking fans because it’s all you got.

  55. I rarely if ever post first. I respond to the negative posts of others. I’m a reactive poster, not proactive.

    There’s an easy way to get me to stop posting altogether.

    Go away.

  56. …said the pot to the kettle.

    You’re making a big deal out of nothing, and expending an awful lot of effort in doing so.

  57. So if I go away you’ll stop posting. Ok. We will see. I’ll go away. But I will come back after you post something. Let’s see how long that will last. I’m betting not long as we have all seen proof of your flip floppy hypcrital posts.

    And your right franky. It’s a big deal out of nothing. If nothing is calling out packer fans that have no smack other than to rip the Vikings. But you’re wrong thinking I’m expelling a lot of energy. Just sitting here on my patio drink in hand enjoying what’s left of the day.

  58. Make you a deal cellar. Don’t post on anything but packer threads and I won’t post on them. Bet you won’t do it. Which I don’t blame ya. I wouldn’t do it either. You need to get you fix of ripping the Viking fans because it’s all you got.
    ===================================
    So great- pkrh8tr is going to make a deal, and he’s telling stellar to not post anything except on Packer threads (this is a Packer thread). Then he immediately backs out of the deal. Then he says all Packer fans have is ripping Vikings’ fans, while pkrh8tr’s sole reason for being on PFT is to rip Packers’ fans- it’s all he’s got. The one-trick pony has the audacity to call someone else a one-trick pony. That must be quite a drink.

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