The tenuous status and candid concerns of Aaron Rodgers could be hurting the Packers

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The Packers have won plenty of games during Matt LaFleur’s two years as head coach. Many more than they’ve lost.

For that reason, some of the losses really stand out.

The farther the trip, the more likely the Packers will turn in a clunker. In 2019, despite a 14-4 record (including postseason), the Packers were 0-3 in California, losing 26-11 to the Chargers, 37-9 to the 49ers in the regular season, and 37-20 to the 49ers in the postseason.

Last year, Green Bay’s 13-3 regular-season record included a 38-10 loss to the Bucs in Tampa.

Sunday’s return to Florida for a game against the Saints went even more poorly, resulting in a 38-3 blowout loss. Given the way the Packers play at home and their high degree of success when traveling not as far from home, it’s hard not to wonder whether something weird is going on when they have a long trip.

After the November 2019 loss to the Chargers, quarterback Aaron Rodgers said this: ““I just think that, you know, every time you go on a trip, we say it’s a business trip. Our job is to go out and win games. . . .[W]e’ve gotta look at our schedule, our routine, what we did, and make sure we were getting the proper rest and taking care of ourselves the right way. Because it was such a different feeling, we just didn’t have that normal juice. I just felt like maybe we’ve got to rest more. Guys on their day off or whatever. We just look at what we did on those two days and make sure that we’re feeling super-energetic on game day. I’m not calling anybody specifically out, I was just saying there was obviously something that threw us off a little bit energetically. We’ve just got to fix that before our next trip.”

It was more alarming after the blowout loss to the 49ers in the playoffs. Appearing on PFT Live, linebacker Za'Darius Smith admitted that the Packers weren’t ready for the game. “We didn’t come ready to play. I don’t know if everybody was sleeping, but I can tell you for myself that I wasn’t ready to play either. . . . We weren’t ready to play football.”

They weren’t ready to play in Jacksonville on Sunday, either. Rodgers said they were overconfident. There’s also a chance they were distracted. Not by anything specific but by the endless chatter about Rodgers wanting out in the most recent offseason and about Rodgers likely being out in the next one.

Rodgers, who internalized his frustrations in 2020, has openly and repeatedly talked about his concerns since reporting to training camp after a weekend in which he strongly considered not reporting. At some point, the drama surely wears on the players.

During Monday’s PFT Live, Mike Golic explained how the locker room can react to the perception that the leader of the team is in his last year, and the problems this can create. Although it’s only one game, the Packers need to focus on the current season, forget about next season, and try to get things back on track.

That starts with Rodgers. As recently as last week, he spoke candidly with Erin Andrews of Fox about his concerns. It’s time to turn the page on the past, for good. That may be the only way to get the entire team properly locked in on the 2021 season.

Especially since another big road trip is coming in 13 days, when the Packers return to California for a Sunday night game against the 49ers.

42 responses to “The tenuous status and candid concerns of Aaron Rodgers could be hurting the Packers

  1. The way the entire team played yesterday I wouldn’t object to playing Jordan Love first and let Rodgers play clean-up……..and I like Rodgers!

  2. Wow, Mike Golic in the house! I’ve always appreciated his perspective and ability to explain what he sees. Good addition!

  3. Jordan Love might want to put on some weight if he’s going to be the starter next year, or sooner.

  4. It’s. One. Game.

    People who hit the panic button or even rouse the spectre of a problem after 60 minutes into a new season….sheesh folks. One game.

  5. Maybe if the Packer starters had some action reps under their belt before the season started. Just saying.

  6. Aaron Rogers is behaving like Rocky in Rocky IV … and Tom Brady is Drago! Just look at the two off seasons.

  7. One thing is for certain, Its never a good idea to play the Saints after a major Hurricane hits the New Orleans region. History has bore this out.

  8. A terrible pre-season has morphed into a terrible start of the season

    I’m sure the sports entertainment saga will improve for Rodgers as the year progresses though.

  9. As much as I would love to see the packers be garbage for the next 75 years I know they’ll probably put up 70 points next week.

  10. I can’t wait for the season to be over and we trade Rodgers to the worst team in the league.

  11. I can’t wait for the season to be over and we trade Rodgers to the worst team in the league.
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    Our team would have been irrelevant for the last 15 years without Rodgers. Quit saying stupid stuff after one bad game. Brady lost to the saints last year game one. Check the score.

  12. I have not seen the Packers play that poorly at any time Rodgers was the QB.
    That was just an outright terrible game all around by the team.

    That being said, I believe that they will be back on track and will probably pummel Detroit at home next week, and this will all be a distant memory.

    I’ve never seen AR have TWO bad games in a row. Period.

  13. Yeah, it’s overreaction Monday… After they destroy the Lions next week, everybody will be declaring that Rodgers and the Packers are back to hype up the Week 3 meeting with the Niners.

  14. What ever happened to Jordan Love? The Packers sure could use that first round and that 3rd round pick they gave up for the guy. Why would they waste those picks, when they were so, so close to another super bowl? There are a lot of people, including Mike Holmgren and Alex Smith who believe the Packers are the ones screwing this up. Not Rodgers.

  15. tingelhoff53 says:
    I have not seen the Packers play that poorly at any time Rodgers was the QB.
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    Ariz vs GB at Lambeau Dec 2018. McCarthy gets fired afterwards.
    Rodgers was pathetic in that game. Many accused Rodgers of doing it purposely to get MM fired.

  16. It’s the 1st game, you can lose the first game and still win the SB. Just ask Tom Brady who lost his first game to the Saints last year and we know how that turned out.

    Get a grip people.

  17. Yeah Packers got the Lions hang yiur hat on what COULD be an easy win. That AFC North And NFC West are tough. Just some food for thought, it maybe only one game but it’s how that one game was played.

  18. As with everything in life, if you aren’t all in 110%, you aren’t going to be successful. You can’t be your best if any part of your focus is somewhere else.

  19. charliecharger says:
    September 13, 2021 at 5:20 pm
    What ever happened to Jordan Love? The Packers sure could use that first round and that 3rd round pick they gave up for the guy. Why would they waste those picks, when they were so, so close to another super bowl? There are a lot of people, including Mike Holmgren and Alex Smith who believe the Packers are the ones screwing this up. Not Rodgers.
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    Yes, but it’s much easier to just call Rodgers a “diva” and put all the blame on him.

  20. sixstream says:
    September 14, 2021 at 2:53 am
    Today on Overreaction Theatre… I mean, it’s not like they lost to the Bengals.
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    It’s not like they even showed up for their game……

    What exactly do the Vikings and Bengals have to do with the Packers getting beat by 5 touchdowns?

    You all act like the Lions are going to be a pushover. They showed miles more heart in coming back against the 49ers than the the Packers did in their limp effort.

    I hope the team has the same attitude and looks past them.

  21. Very Good QB but he is no Tom Brady. Brady was always and still is team first player.
    Just one of many reasons he is the GOAT.

  22. Dont panic Packer fans,its only one game. but if they manage to lose to the lowly Detroit Lions Monday night its time to get the ladder,climb on the roof and jump as their season will go effectively down the drain and Rodgers can really contemplate leaving Green Bay for greener pastures.

  23. “What ever happened to Jordan Love? The Packers sure could use that first round and that 3rd round pick they gave up for the guy.”
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    Jordan Love played better than Rodgers so it sure looks like the front office made a good call on drafting Love.

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