Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made headlines earlier this week when he blasted his teammates, stating that the ones “who are making too many mistakes shouldn’t be playing.”
The Packers dropped their third game in a row as a considerable favorite on Sunday, losing 23-21 to the Washington Commanders on Sunday. Green Bay’s offense has been the key factor behind the team’s slump, as they’re averaging a mere 18.6 points per game (23rd in football).
While speaking to the media on Wednesday, Rodgers refused to apologize for his “too many mistakes” comments. Rather, the four-time MVP stood firmly by what he had said, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:
“People in this society have a hard time hearing truth sometimes…I did do it (spoke to his teammates) privately, I’m not saying anything (publicly) that I’m not saying to those guys. So, maybe that’s talking about a conversation that’s behind closed doors in public, but the level of accountability is the standard here.
“Again, I don’t think it should be a problem to any of those guys to hear criticism. We all hear criticism in our own ways, and we’ve all got to be OK with it and take it in and process it. And if it doesn’t fit, then it doesn’t fit. But if it fits, we’ve got to wear it and improve on those certain things.”
After an ugly Week 1 road loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Rodgers and the Packers responded with wins over the arch-rival Chicago Bears, the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots.
But the latter two wins were decided by a total margin of five points, so the Packers are just a couple of unlucky bounces away from being 1-6 on the season. Fortunately, those close wins in Weeks 3 and 4 have them very much alive in the NFC playoff race.
Rodgers, the 2020 and 2021 league MVP, is struggling to move the ball without longtime go-to-man Davante Adams. The latter was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders ahead of the draft for 2022 first and second-round picks.
Rodgers has a 66.8 completion percentage to go along with 1,597 yards and 11 touchdowns against only three interceptions. 27-year-old Allen Lazard is currently Green Bay’s leading receiver with 340 yards and four touchdowns, followed by Randall Cobb (18 receptions for 257 yards).
Things don’t get any easier for the Packers, who now must travel east to take on Josh Allen and the 5-1 Buffalo Bills, who are coming off a bye week. Buffalo also boasts the NFL’s top defense, so Rodgers and company really have their work cut out for them here.