Last season was a nail-bitter. The Green Bay Packers went on an eight-game winning streak after starting the season 4-6, making it all the way to the NFC finals. Despite such an epic run, the Atlanta Falcons sent the team back to Green Bay a game short of a Super Bowl appearance.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke with ESPN.com about the team’s turnaround last season, and plans for this year.
Of their 8-game streak Rodgers said “to do what we did is awesome”, but added that “Going forward, we have to be better when our best is needed.”
He wasn’t just referring to himself and the offensive line either:
“All around — offense, defense, special teams. There are plays in that Atlanta game that, if they go our way, it’s a different ballgame. We missed a kick, we fumbled, we go stagnant on offense and the next thing you know, it’s 31-0. You’re not going to win games like that against good teams.”
As for what Rodgers is expecting this season, he said:
“I think we’ve rebuilt a little bit, but we’ve got to see what we’ve got here.”
The Packers had some holes to fill in their lineup heading to the Draft, and they’ve done a pretty good job filling those gaps, with players like Kevin King, Josh Jones, Montravius Adams, Vince Biegel, Jamaal Williams, DeAngelo Yancey and Aaron Jones. The question now is whether or not these rookies can step up their play to NFL level.
Rodgers is absolutely right: On paper things look alright for the Packers, but only time will tell how good this team really is in Green Bay.
Source: Josh Alper - NBC Sports · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS