In a 27-17 win, the Buffalo Bills may have broken by means of Aaron Rodgers’ critiques of his teammates to carry out real management.
It is a long-running joke all through the NFL that for all his athletic and strategic prowess, Aaron Rodgers isn’t precisely often called a people-person.
“In a potential sign that aging is catching up with the Green Bay quarterback, Aaron Rodgers has looked wildly inaccurate while throwing teammates under the bus,” wrote The Onion earlier than Week 8.
Funnily sufficient, Rodgers didn’t throw his teammates underneath the bus this week. Rodgers did smirk about being underdogs earlier than the matchup, a prediction he appeared to search out amusing.
Perhaps it was extra amusing at 3-4, however not a lot at 3-5. Rodgers is firmly in Tom Brady territory as the Bucs climate a transparent breakdown that infects each section of the sport. For Green Bay, there’s the Davante Adams commerce that also haunts the crew, even with that stunning landing connection to Romeo Doubs on Sunday. Any different 12 months, and Rodgers would have had the dependable starpower to overpower the Bills, even with Josh Allen.
But with out Adams, the Packers will stroll into matchups in opposition to the NFL’s strongest groups as underdogs. As painful as the expertise has been for Packers followers, seeing Rodgers nurse a chip on the shoulder could possibly be the exact shift the crew wants to drag all of it collectively in the weeks to come back.
Loss to Bills may push Aaron Rodgers, Packers in a brand new path
Without getting misplaced in the numerous variables which are shaping the Packers’ offense success, Rodgers’ pregame and postgame feedback appeared to alter significantly with the Sunday Night Football loss.
Week 8 was a get-right sport for the Packers, no less than for Rodgers.
“I’m not worried about this squad,” Rodgers said after a 21-23 loss to the Washington Commanders. “In fact, this might be the best thing for us this week. Nobody’s gonna give us a chance, we’re going to Buffalo, it’s Sunday Night Football, a chance to get exposed. Shoot, it might be the best thing for us.”
Rodgers has been speaking about “mental errors” over the total season, however a lot of these psychological critiques have been directed at his teammates relatively than himself. On the Pat McAfee Show final Tuesday, Rodgers urged slicing the reps of those that had been making errors. Clearly, Rodgers wasn’t speaking about himself.
After dropping to the Bills, in a sport the place he teased the Packers’ underdog standing all week, Rodgers appeared to lean into rallying the locker room relatively than noting their psychological errors.
“Nobody feel sorry for us,” Rodgers said after the Week 8 loss, brazenly providing the locker room motivation the crew wants in this second. “I feel like if we can just get one, then the whole momentum changes. I thought we had a great week of practice. The energy pregame in the locker room was different. It felt like Packers again. It felt like, for whatever reason, we didn’t have the confidence for a few weeks. We weren’t playing with a lot of energy. We weren’t amped up before the game. So I liked the way we felt before the game. Maybe it was Sunday Night Football, maybe it was being counted out, maybe it was this environment…that was encouraging, but the play in the first half wasn’t encouraging.”
Even if each single mistake for the Packers lands on another person’s shoulders, it’s on the quarterback to carry the total crew accountable whereas pushing them to be higher. From Rodgers’ perspective, it seems like the crew was doing that this week, even together with his feedback to McAfee.
“It comes down to being able to execute in the moment, and I think that’s some of the growing pains with young players,” Rodgers said of his receivers earlier than the Bills sport. “But I think we should all be able to handle criticism, that’s the nature of our job. Everything we do is scrutinized, from myself on down to the young players, and getting used to dealing with that in a positive way is important, whether it’s coming from one of you or from me or from Matt [LaFleur].”
At 38 years previous with a younger broad receiver room, it appears Rodgers has his personal rising pains in relation to sharpening a easy message to the media in regards to his teammates. Ideally, the Packers can forge a stronger crew by means of adversity and are available out higher for it.