Aaron Jones: A trip’s a trip, you have to be ready to play

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On Thursday, Packers linebacker Za'Darius Smith told Mike Florio and Chris Simms that the Packers “weren’t ready to play football” when they took the field against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

Smith included himself in the group of players who weren’t ready to go, but running back Aaron Jones didn’t do the same during a Friday visit to PFT Live. The Packers struggled in all three of their visits to California this season, but Jones said that playing on the road shouldn’t be used an excuse for lackluster effort.

“I don’t have any excuses, you just gotta be ready to play ball,” Jones said. “A trip’s a trip. Teams take trips every week. I don’t use that as an excuse. I was ready to play ball, I’m always ready to play ball.”

Jones said he didn’t sense any issues with the team’s preparation and thought everyone bought in during the week of practice leading into the game. Come Sunday, though, the 49ers “just seemed to be flying around a little bit more” and that was enough to send them to the Super Bowl.

41 responses to “Aaron Jones: A trip’s a trip, you have to be ready to play

  1. Aaron Rodgers has a psychological issue with playing away from Lambeau Field. He’s a Hall of Fame quarterback with a losing road record.

    Just listen to his press conference after the San Francisco blowout. “We need one of these (NFC Championships) at home.”

    No, you just need to be a professional athlete and perform wherever the game takes place. He literally says that they need the number 1 seed in the playoffs in order to make a Super Bowl. Pathetic.

  2. Precisely the point, no excuses, give the 49ers the credit for playing harder. I don’t understand how a team could not be ready. I don’t know what’s worse, falling behind by 27 at the half or playing a game where you are in position to win and miss a 26 yard FG? I think the latter is more heart breaking but hey, I never played professional football so I wouldn’t know.

  3. They were ready but they were outplayed by a better team. It happens in every playoff game. Someone has to edge out the other to win. Pack is set up very nicely for future runs with AR, Jones, and LeFleur

  4. Perhaps Minnesota and Green Bay both showed up and “weren’t ready to play” against the 49’ers in the playoffs. As a Viking fan it didn’t feel like that. It just felt like the 49’ers were a better, sharper, and healthier team.

  5. Each player is going to view what happened differently. Z and Aaron have their individual, unique thoughts on the preparation, travel arrangements, the mood of the team, etc. They can both be correct to a certain extent.

  6. Please. The 49ers were not more ready, played harder, or wanted it more. They are simply a much better team. That Packers team would lose to that 49ers team 100 out of 100 times, no matter where they played. Two times of getting completely destroyed shows us that.

  7. Just listen to his press conference after the San Francisco blowout. “We need one of these (NFC Championships) at home.”

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    He said the same thing to Jordy Nelson after the national anthem in Atlanta in January 2017. The ball hadn’t even been kicked off yet and he was talking about getting one at home. Seems very strange.

    This may have been his last, best chance and they blew it. Each of them.

  8. Two steps forward, one step back. Disappointed, but not discouraged. They weren’t expected to contend at all this year, but they swept their division and won fourteen games. Going into next season, they can plan well beyond their nearest competitor in the division. Two times of getting completely destroyed shows us that.

  9. On Thursday, Packers linebacker Za’Darius Smith told Mike Florio and Chris Simms that the Packers “weren’t ready to play football” when they took the field against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

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    Maybe everyone else except Smith was ready to play? Even then Packers clearly got owned by SF…both times they played each other. That’s just pure dominance.

  10. The Packers played in California 3x this year, 0-3 in those games, and it wasn’t even close.

    San Diego – (L) 25-11
    San Fran – (L) 37-8
    San Fran – (L) 37-20

    Packers were outscored 39-97. You guys are professional athletes? Either there is something fundamentally flawed with the simple act of flying cross country and playing a sport you’ve played your whole life, or you’re just not that good!

  11. Jones is right. Based on Aaron Rodgers theory, the Packers would lose the Super Bowl anyways since it’s played in good weather in Miami.

  12. That Packers team would lose to that 49ers team 100 out of 100 times, no matter where they played. Two times of getting completely destroyed shows us that.
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    So based on that criteria I can assume you’d say the same about the Packers and Vikings right?

  13. Two steps forward, one step back. Disappointed, but not discouraged. They weren’t expected to contend at all this year, but they swept their division and won fourteen games. Going into next season, they can plan well beyond their nearest competitor in the division. Two times of completely destroying the Vikings shows us that.

  14. chickensalad43 says:
    January 31, 2020 at 12:23 pm
    Aaron Rodgers has a psychological issue with playing away from Lambeau Field.

    No, you just need to be a professional athlete and perform wherever the game takes place.
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    Psychological issue, like how he led the Packers to 3 consecutive playoff wins on the road (that means not at Lambeau Field), leading to a Super Bowl berth. A Super Bowl in which he threw for over 300, 3 TD’s, 0 turnovers, and an MVP trophy. And guess what. That game, also not played at Lambeau…..

  15. It will be interesting to see how the Chiefs play against the 49ers seeing as how the 49ers haven’t had a tough game yet in the post-season. A solid 49ers win will make us Vikings and Packer fans feel a bit better — that is until we remember the 49ers team will remain an NFC obstacle for the next several years.

    And interesting to see Pack fans who harped on the Vikings sweep of the Pack in prior seasons as Vikings’ fans’ Super Bowl, now touting the main 2019 season accomplishment as sweeping the Vikings. Pot/kettle-are you black?

  16. its ironic how Rodgers can’t wait to get out of Green Bay after each season ends and heads straight to Cali yet he plays so poorly in games in Cali
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    Do you know where Cousins is right now too or do you just stalk the one QB?

  17. So a 5 point win is “completely destroying” someone? So I guess the Eagles curbstomped go in that 7 point win?

  18. Megatron says:
    January 31, 2020 at 5:14 pm
    chickensalad43 says:
    January 31, 2020 at 12:23 pm
    Aaron Rodgers has a psychological issue with playing away from Lambeau Field.

    No, you just need to be a professional athlete and perform wherever the game takes place.
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    Psychological issue, like how he led the Packers to 3 consecutive playoff wins on the road (that means not at Lambeau Field), leading to a Super Bowl berth. A Super Bowl in which he threw for over 300, 3 TD’s, 0 turnovers, and an MVP trophy. And guess what. That game, also not played at Lambeau…..
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    That was 10 years ago. Players age and play declines, look no further than his stats, qbr, and qb rating . He is not the player he once was. Not bad but no longer elite

  19. cheeseisfattening says:
    January 31, 2020 at 6:19 pm
    its ironic how Rodgers can’t wait to get out of Green Bay after each season ends and heads straight to Cali yet he plays so poorly in games in Cali
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Sure, and Cousins likes to pretend there’s only six days per week because he’s the league’s worst on MNF. The Packers did much better than expected. There were most “lost points” due to drops than any other quarterback….that’s not on Rodgers. They got stopped effectively at the end but they swept the division, won fourteen games, robbed the Vikings of another attaboy banner they assumed was theirs, and Rodgers outperformed Cousins. Again. Call me disappointed, but not discouraged. Not in the least.

  20. Pretty comical that a couple of you guys are comparing the 49ers beating up on you to the two times you beat the Vikings. But hey, I’ll play along.

    Game 1: Cousins throws last play pick in end zone. Packers hang on for a win.

    Game 2: Vikings played their 3rd and 4th string RB. Packers did handle the punchless Vikes offense pretty well without their all pro RB. And even then the Packers won by less than two scores.

    Now, the two games the Packers lost to the 49ers? Both teams at full strength. Packers down by 4 touchdowns in each game, with the 49ers letting off the gas.

    The comparisons might be the most ridiculous comparison of any teams and games from the entire season and all 32 teams. Can anybody name any other two games during the season where one team completely dominated the other like the 49ers dominated the Packers? Even the 2-14 Bengals only got destroyed one out of two times by the 14-2 Ravens.

    Sorry fellas, but once again, the facts prove your posts to be silly and petty. Oh, and btw, you getting destroyed twice by the 49ers actually has nothing to do with the Vikings.

  21. Stella – I am just curious what metrics you used to judge performance. No one out there thinks Cousins has had the career of Rodgers, but why is it not Rodgers fault on when others perform bad but it is Cousins (I.e. the Seattle Monday night game this year).
    Also last year you stated wins and head to head match ups do not matter when comparing qbs. So let’s throw those out when comparing the two. Then we need to throw out completion percentage, tds, yards per attempt and completion percentage, qbr, passer rating, and sacks as Cosuins our performed Rodgers in less games in those. Seems pretty even.
    If in your mind Rodgers is elite still – why compare him to Cousins and not elite QBs like Mahomes?

  22. Because I don’t care if he’s “elite” or not and the people here busting his chops all the time and most often Viking trolls. So, I fight fire with fire. That’s why. I’ll back off anytime you’re ready to do the same.

  23. Picking needless fights and making comments with regards to fat-shaming and other anonymous bullying tactics and petty and mean-spirited behaviors have never impressed me or my friends or my family as “fun.” I have met several juvenile delinquents and too many to count immature adults that may disagree with me, but nobody I would care to know.

  24. stellarperformance says:
    February 2, 2020 at 8:28 pm
    Understand. I don’t feel bullied or impressed.
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    Then why no answer to what metrics you used?

  25. Metrics? I just go to the official NFL website (they own the show,) and look up what they have chosen as the primary on-going statistic for ranking quarterbacks. It’s yardage. That’s the measuring stick they use. The NFL.

    2018 Rodgers finished #6 and Cousins #10.
    2019 Rodgers finished #11 and Cousins #16.
    2019 Postseason Rodgers #4 and Cousins #6.

    As I said…….Rodgers has outperformed Cousins two years in a row…….according to the NFL. That’s good enough for me.

  26. …….except we’re talking about Cousins, you know, the guaranteed wonder with one strike left.

  27. except no one but you said Cousins would win a SB. Most Vikings fans do not care for him. So yes yards are what matters and according to you Rodgers was worse than Winston this year and has never been as good as Daunte Culpepper or Stafford. Or as long as we’re at it Cousins as he has a higher total yards number in a season than Aaron.

  28. The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success next season remains to be Aaron Charles Rodgers.

    Nothing has changed.

  29. Has Rodgers skillset declined? Probably, father time is undefeated, as in the bodies ability to do things does decline as we age. Even Tom Brady cannot do the same things he did 10 or more years ago. But Rodgers skillset for Packer fans is still more desireable then any other quarterback in the NFCN. And given the chance any NFCN team would take Rodgers over their current starter in a heartbeat, so would many other teams in the NFL. About the only teams that would say no have younger QB’s currently on the upswing or in their prime years. Mahomes, Wilson, Watson, Jackson come to mind. There may be a few others but not many.

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