Originally written October 10, 2012 on Pro Football Zone:
During an appearance with 540 AM in Milwaukee via NFL.com, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was honest and said he hasn’t been playing well so far this season. “I set the bar high and I expect to play at a higher level. Been making just some mistakes I’m not used to making. Throwing the ball to the other team, I’ve done that four times already. … Uncharacteristic of the way I’ve played. … Missed some throws I’m accustomed to hitting. Haven’t played the way of the standard I’ve set. “My solemn promise is I’m gong to work every day to get better. I’m going to clean up some of the things I’m not doing as well as I should. But, the proof is in the pudding. Right now I’m not getting it done. I’ve got to look at myself first. “I can tell you nothing has slipped in the way of preparation or the way that I practice or the energy and leadership that I take to it. Which is probably the most frustrating thing. You can’t really point to one thing. I just haven’t performed as well on Sundays as I’m used to performing.” Rodgers agrees with Packers head coach Mike McCarthy that they haven’t been having good practices. “For whatever reason, the rookies have not picked up what the practice tempo looks like or the importance to the scout-team looks as well as maybe it’s been in the past,” Rodgers said. “I know my role at practice is I’ve got to bring energy and I’ve got to bring life to that practice and I have to be moving around well. It’s tough some days when you’re tired … but there’s really no excuses when it comes to the quarterback position and making sure you’re doing every role you’re called on to the best of your ability. “That being said, there needs to be a level of professionalism that’s current through the whole team from the veterans to the rookies.” The Packers don’t have less talent then they did last season, they just haven’t put everything together as a team.
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