Aaron Rodgers: Leaders bringing positive energy despite record

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Spending a few minutes in front of his locker for his weekly interview, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers answered questions about the bye week gone by, facing the Detroit Lions this Sunday, improving after beginning the season with a 1-2 record and more.

Here are five question-and-answer highlights from the interview with Rodgers:

1. Is it hard to step away from football for a bye week?

RODGERS: “No, I don’t think so. I think you have to train yourself to be able to turn it on and turn it off. You can go crazy if you’re consumed by this profession. That’s difficult obviously for someone who prepares hard and wants to be perfect out there. You have to find that balance being able to turn it off. The bye week is something you learn what you want to do, to find that relaxation, and you come back refreshed. I definitely felt refreshed coming back here on Sunday.”

2. How good is the Packers’ running game right now?

RODGERS: “I think it’s the best that we’ve seen in a while. A lot of the credit goes to the offensive line. They’re opening up some big holes, we’ve done a good job of having a little bit of balance, rushing for over 100 yards two back-to-back weeks by one individual player after 40-some odd (games) without doing that, so that’s pretty impressive. Those guys all offer a different dimension with their style of run, I think the future is bright for those guys playing football. Keep finding ways to give them opportunities.”

3. With the Lions at 3-1 to begin the season, what have you seen from them so far?

RODGERS: “I think they’re playing really well. I think they got a good recipe. They’ve got a young stud quarterback (Matthew Stafford) who’s throwing the ball really well, they got one of the top guys at receiver (Calvin Johnson), their defense is playing really well, (Louis) Delmas is healthy, Glover Quin came over (from the Houston Texans), Chris Houston’s playing really well. Obviously the guys up front speak for themselves. There’s a lot of name recognition that comes with those guys; couple young guys as well stepped in and playing really well. It’s a team that’s playing good, their coaching staff has been together for a few years now in a row and that gives you some continuity there, and it’s going to be a tough test.”

4. How important is it to not panic after a 1-2 start to the regular season?

RODGERS: “Yeah, I think that’s important. We’ve been in this position before. You don’t want to put yourself in this position because it’s a tough battle and we’ve got 13 straight games here, which gives it an extra dimension as well to the toughness. But we’re going to rely on our veterans to stay healthy, play well and lead, and our young guys to come along and grow up fast and make the plays we expect them to make.”

5. How do you personally bounce back after a poor performance against the Bengals?

RODGERS: “I just trust in the preparation, trust in the routine, I guess. Coming back with a positive attitude. I think that’s been the one thing I got, I just kind of heard as I was in my relaxation mode, was it’s going to be important to stay positive. So I encouraged our leaders this week to stay positive, to bring that positive energy. I think that’s going to be important to kind of permeate throughout the team. A lack of panic and an overall general positive outlook on things regardless of the circumstance or the adversity we may face.”

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