Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers still hoping after Saints blowout
Posted On September 15, 2021
Two days after the Green Bay Packers were knocked out in Game 1 of the season, Aaron Rodgers returned to “The Pat McAfee Show” and was open to the 38-3 loss, which included a “double nut” interception. shot “(his words).
Rodgers, wearing a Chuck Norris t-shirt that read “America Wasn’t Ready But It Was,” appears on McAfee’s show every Tuesday afternoon on SiriusXM Radio to give a preview of the previous match in a relaxed atmosphere where f-bombs and swear words are used as frequently as a dart at Davante Adams between “a couple of guys”. AJ Hawk, Rodgers’ former teammate in Green Bay, is McAfee’s co-host.
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So what the hell happened in Jacksonville, McAfee asked Rodgers right off the bat.
Rodgers said it was “one of those days” where if you play long enough, you’re going to have one of those performances.
“We had one last year as well,” Rodgers recalls. “We had some trouble in Florida (Green Bay lost en route to Tampa Bay 38-10 during the regular season in 2020).”
He said two-thirds of the text messages he received after the game reminded him that the Buccaneers also lost to the New Orleans Saints, 38-3, last year and won the Super Bowl. Rodgers said maybe it was “trying to make chicken salad out of chicken (expletive)”.
He said the offense was “bad” and that defensively “we couldn’t leave the field”.
“It was 17-0 and we had played 12 games,” said Rodgers. “One of those weird games where it seems like the clock is ticking all the time. We had a good practice (to start the second half) and then I throw a pick.”
Yes, let’s talk about this interception. We know Rodgers doesn’t like throwing interceptions. Before Sunday’s game, he had thrown just 89 passes in 6,587 passes. It’s just one every 74 passes. In fact, he’s only pitched two during the entire 2018 season. So what happened on Sunday, especially that first as the Packers were close to scoring to start the second half, conducted in epoch 17-3? Rodgers explained that it was nothing to do with X and O.
“I don’t like to make a lot of excuses, there are (expletive) some you want to have to support,” Rodgers said. “It was due to the double shot I took.
“Guess I have to get over that and throw a better ball. It was painful. They’re getting their money’s worth on that one.”
Rodgers said he was feeling “good” on Tuesday and added that he doesn’t think he took many more shots in the game, which he awarded the offensive line for.
He said the last time he wore a cup while playing football was in eighth grade. “I really thought about wearing one again after Sunday,” he added.
“Yeah, I do,” Rodgers said. “That’s why I’m back. I feel good about everything we’ve done in the offseason. Training camp was solid. We’ve had good practice.”
Rodgers called the loss a “good learning lesson for us.”
He also recognizes that a game like Sunday allows everyone on the outside to guess the decisions made in training camp and preseason after the team gives him their (expletive).
“Right now we’re taking it on the chin,” Rodgers said. “Pretty soon it’ll be reversed. I’m confident and excited and I love these guys. I’m a competitor. This game is about how you react to negativity generally more than how you’re praised for your successes.”