Aaron Rodgers says Packers' lack of energy 'unacceptable'
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn't understand his team's lack of energy during games, he said after the Packers lost for the third time in the past four games, a 31–26 home setback to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
The Packers gave up a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to Jordan Todman to open the game and were down by 18 points in the fourth quarter before making a comeback.
"I mean, that didn't help, I'm sure, but c'mon, we've got to be mentally tougher than that," Rodgers said. "That's just unacceptable."
I don't understand it," Rodgers said. "I mean, this is what we get paid to do, is to bring it every week, and I hope the guys would say I bring it every week. I mean, I love this game and I bring energy. I'm not a rah-rah guy, but I'm a focused, enthusiastic player, and I don't know what the lack of juice was. You kind of felt it over the entire sideline.
With the loss, Green Bay fell to 4–4, one game back of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North.
Rodgers, who went 26–43 for 297 yards with three touchdowns and one interception against the Colts, even referenced a squirrel that come on the field.
"We have to respond better, like we did to close out the game, [and] get the crowd involved more than just the squirrel on the field," Rodgers said.
Green Bay takes on the Tennessee Titans (4–5) on Sunday.
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