Aaron Rodgers shows rare frustration over criticism of Packers' struggling offense
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware the Green Bay Packers have struggled on offense through two weeks. They’re 29th in yards per game (278.5) and 19th in points per game (20.5) with Aaron Rodgers’ poor play being the driving force behind it.
If there was any doubt that the Packers are well aware of their ineptitude on offense this season, Rodgers cleared that up on Wednesday. While fielding questions at his locker, Rodgers got a bit defensive in saying he and his teammates don’t listen to outside noise because analysts and fans don’t know “where the flaws in the execution lie.”
"No offense, but you guys are predictable," Rodgers said, via ESPN. "We knew when we came in here -- and I knew I had this on Wednesday -- I knew what the line of questioning was going to be. You guys got a job to do. You scrutinize, you analyze and you make opinions based on how you feel a team is progressing or not progressing or playing. And we appreciate that. But inside, we don't think the same way that you guys think.”
Rodgers continued, expressing rare frustration with the criticism of Green Bay’s struggling offense. It can be seen in the video below.
It's not often you see Rodgers show frustration like that, as he was clearly fed up with people talking about how poor they've played.
The Pro Bowl quarterback certainly hasn’t played like one this season, and his lack of production goes back to 2015, too. He’s gone 14 straight games without a passer rating above 100, which is unlike Rodgers, to say the least. His struggles have hurt the offense as a whole, and they’re undoubtedly working to correct it, but the Packers aren’t looking at opinions and becoming concerned with them.
He was asked to give his view of the situation from inside the locker room, to which he said this:
"I'm not going to because that's an inside-the-locker room opinion, and there needs to be a separation between what you guys think about us and what we feel about ourselves. Because our expectations and our opinions of each other and the offense is way more important than your opinion of us. To us."
The Packers take on the Detroit Lions this week at home – the first of four straight games at Lambeau. If Rodgers can’t get back on track against the Lions and earn Green Bay a win, frustration will continue to grow. Detroit is allowing the seventh-most yards per game in football at 406.5, so now is the time for Green Bay to figure its issues out.