Rodgers’ performance was quite disappointing for a player who spent the majority of his offseason questioning whether or not he wants to remain in Green Bay for the final years of his career.
Several media members questioned if Rodgers’ offseason drama played a role in Green Bay’s blowout loss on Sunday. According to Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, though, the team’s awful performance was not a direct result of Rodgers being involved in countless offseason rumors.
“No, I think this team’s focused on now,” LaFleur said, via ProFootballTalk. “And unfortunately, sometimes in this league you get humbled. And certainly we got humbled. Like I said, it’s about how we respond to that. How we come back to work. How we stay together. And get ready to play against a team I know is gonna be really hungry coming in here.”
.@BillHuberSI asked Matt LaFleur if the offseason drama affected Week 1
"No, I think this team is focused on now and unfortunately sometimes in this league you get humbled. Certainly, we got humbled. Like I said, it's about how respond to that."
— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) September 13, 2021
It’d be extremely unfair to blame the Packers’ loss solely on Rodgers and his offseason situation. At the end of the day, the Saints were better in all three phases of the game.
The Packers will need to solve their issues fast if they want to reach their full potential this ceiling. An 0-1 start isn’t the end of the world, but things could get dicey if they don’t defeat the Detroit Lions next Monday.
After being humbled on national TV this past weekend, we’d imagine Green Bay will look much better in Week 2.