Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has urged his teammates and fans not to freak out after a 38-3 Week 1 loss to the New Orleans Saints. "If we're starting to freak out after one week we're in big trouble," Rodgers said, per ESPN.
The Packers got blown out by the Saints and Rodgers delivered a speech in the locker room. "Now, I wasn't trying to be inspiring," Rodgers said of Sunday's postgame message. "I was trying to put the loss in the context where it deserves to be put.
And that is, it's not acceptable, but it's just one game and we're not gonna be held prisoner mentally by that poor performance." Packers receiver Davante Adams insists the team moved on pretty quickly from the loss.
"This was probably one of the quicker flushes that I've seen as far as me observing the rest of the team and seeing the coaches, how everybody's responded from it," Adams said. "I found that my teammates were able to shake this one better than what I've seen in the past.
We've just got to make sure we actually do something about it this time so we don't have to try to gauge anything or deal with that later."
Rodgers focused on the next opponent
"I'm not going to make it bigger than it was," Rodgers said.
"I'll let you guys on the outside world do all that. Look, we've won a lot of games around here. We've lost a few. But you move on. It doesn't matter if you play incredible and put up 50 or you get blown out.
You move on to the next opponent. "There shouldn't be some big drastic change and alteration the way that we do things, the way we practice, the way we prepare. If it's good enough to get you to this point, then it's good enough from this point forward.
I haven't changed any of the stuff that I've been doing." Packers head coach Matt LaFleur spotted some mistakes that needed to be addressed. "Where do I start?" LaFleur said on Thursday when asked where things need to improve this week.
"It's our responsibility as coaches to make sure our guys are in the right position and they're executing their assignments. I feel like that was one of the games where we had as many mental mistakes as we've had in a long time.
So we obviously didn't do a very good job as coaches getting our guys [to the point of] knowing the plan inside and out, knowing the details."