Aaron Rodgers calls out teammates; says squirrel was more exciting than the Packers
The Packers quarterback isn't happy with his teammates
Not only have they lost three of four games, but the Packers are now just 4-6 in their past 10 regular-season games, dating back to last season.
Even worse, Lambeau Field hasn't exactly been a home-field advantage lately with the Packers going just 4-5 in their past nine home games. That record includes Sunday's 31-26 loss to the Colts that was so bad, Rodgers called out his teammates after the game for showing "uncharacteristically low energy" against Indy.
The Packers quarterback doesn't seem to have any clue what's going on with his team's lack of effort.
"I don't understand it," Rodgers said after the game, via ESPN.com. "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."
According to Rodgers, the Packers have been lacking toughness, which is something a good team needs.
"That's the mark of a team," Rodgers said. "We talk about that all the time at my locker. How you deal with adversity says a lot about the kind of players you've got and the kind of team we've got. We've got to respond a little bit better."
Things got so bad Sunday -- the Packers trailed 31-13 at one point -- that a squirrel became the star of the show in Green Bay.
Even Rodgers was willing to admit that squirrel was the most exciting thing that Packers fans saw all day.
"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.
Rodgers isn't sure how to solve the Packers' "lack of energy" problem, or their offensive problems, but he seems to think they're all going to get solved.
"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."
The bad news for the Packers is that if they're going to solve these problems, they're going to have to do it on the road. The Packers are one of the few teams that will play three straight road games this season, and that stretch starts in Week 10 with a game in Tennessee.
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