Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has had a lot to say after the team’s 38-3 destruction at the hands of the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. Among everything he has said, one blunt admission to Pat McAfee about the Packers’ energy to start the season was rather disturbing.
“It might be a freak out outside the facility,” Rodgers said. “I think it’s just a good learning lesson for us. We can’t play like that, we can’t start a game like that. Like I said after the game, our energy level was a little bit low before the game. We have to do a better job responding to adversity. There’s not much to say. We got our asses beat by 35 points, we’re all frustrated about it, but just move on. We have 16 more to go.”
Not being ready to play for Week 1 of the season is pretty inexcusable. It’s made even worse after all the drama Rodgers and the Packers went through in the offseason. Perhaps that’s actually why the energy was so low and it will just be a cloud hanging over this whole season, but one would also think they would have been determined to put that behind them and get off to a strong start.
It is just one game, and there’s little reason to expect Rodgers and Co. to perform that bad again this year. Green Bay has a great get-right opportunity in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.
Of course, if the Packers lay an egg in that game, there will have to be immediate cause for concern. The Lions are expected to be one of the worst teams in the NFL. A loss in that game to drop to 0-2 would have alarm bells ringing everywhere.