Aaron Rodgers may be intense on the field, but he’s usually very calm outside of it. When he loses his cool, you know things are serious.
And after a brutal loss to the Colts on Sunday that dropped the Packers to a 4-4 record, Rodgers was very angry and very serious. He took shots at his teammates after the game, accusing virtually the entire team of not caring about the game at all. Via ESPN:
“I don’t understand it,” Rodgers said. “I mean, this is what we get paid to do, is to bring it every week, and I hope the guys would say I bring it every week. I mean, I love this game and I bring energy. I’m not a rah-rah guy, but I’m a focused, enthusiastic player, and I don’t know what the lack of juice was. You kind of felt it over the entire sideline. We didn’t have the same kind of enthusiasm and encouragement that we had the previous two weeks. So we’ve got to look deep in the mirror there, because that’s just not acceptable.”
Rodgers had a good game, throwing 3 touchdowns in 43 attempts, thanks to some injury problems at the running back position. His teammates didn’t seem to care though, and pretty much phoned it in from kick off to the final whistle. With their season now in jeopardy, Rodger hopes the loss will light a fire under his teammate’s asses:
We have to respond better, like we did to close out the game, [and] get the crowd involved more than just the squirrel on the field,” Rodgers said.
“Everybody’s going to talk about it; you guys are going to write about it,” Rodgers said. “Hopefully, that wakes people up enough that that’s important. I mean, we feel it. It’s not something that’s some mystery. You feel the energy and excitement and the focus, it just wasn’t where it needed to be, and that’s on everybody — myself included. We’ve got to find a way to get guys dialed in.”