Aaron Rodgers: "We just didn't play well enough when we had to play well enough"

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(On why the last third down attempt went incomplete…)

“The ball just stuck to my hand and went in the dirt. Frustrating. Obviously, I’ve done that a hundred times and probably never do that again. It was a gimme, gimme out there. Stuck to my hand.”

(On whether he is having as much fun on the field as he has in other years…)

“Winning is a lot of fun. We haven’t strung together too many back-to-back wins and we haven’t won on the road yet, so, that part’s not fun. I love my teammates and I love competing, but losing – it’s not fun.”

(On why they have struggled on the road all season…)

“It’s been the same stuff. Tonight – terrible on third down. Situationally, we have to score touchdowns in the red zone. We had a chance there in the first quarter to go up a couple scores and didn’t. Had a chance in the third quarter to go up – fourth quarter – to go up by eight. Didn’t get it done, situational football.”

(On whether there is any hope left for this season…)

“Come on, what kind of question is that? I don’t even know how to answer that. What am I supposed to say? Of course there’s hope. Of course we believe in each other. It’s just going to take one galvanizing moment. Whether that’s a speech or a practice, or something happens in a game – something’s got to get this thing going. I thought we had moments tonight and I thought that’s where we were going. Defense – a lot of injuries. Offensively, we lost Jimmy (Graham), but guys battled, so nobody gave up hope. We just didn’t play well enough to win.”

(On whether going for it on fourth down late instead of punting could have been the galvanizing moment…)

“If we had gotten the first down, if not then it’s a short field and we have to hold them to three and we are in the same situation.”

(On whether this is a “relax” moment…)

“No, Mr. Schwarz, it’s not. As I told these good folks here that we talk to every Wednesday, it has to be an authentic moment for times like that. The moment will be right at one point, for us to have a moment that gets us going the right direction. Hopefully it starts with a nice couple of days off here. Guys getting healthy mentally, come back ready to finish these last six games the right way.”

(On the third down struggles tonight…)

“Yeah, there wasn’t a lot of guys open on third down. We have to get back to getting open on our routes and being in the right space at the right time. Figuring out what those best concepts are for our guys. Without Randall (Cobb), without Geronimo (Allison) we are still learning these young receivers. Davante (Adams) is incredible, he really is. Teams are going to continue to shade to his side, I would think. You’re going to have a lot of one-on-one matchups and that’s what’s going to happen when you leave that guy open one-on-one in space.”

(On if he felt like Adams and Jones were his only two options tonight…)

“They weren’t the only two options, but it’s two of our best options, for sure. I’ve said too many times at the podium ‘I wish I had thrown Davante (Adams) more passes.’ Tonight, I don’t know if that’s the case. I looked to him often – I missed him one time in the first half when I should have just pulled the trigger on an in-breaker. Other than that I was telling him all night I coming your way and I was going his way.”

(On how he was able to connect with Tonyan on the long TD…)

“He just was in my vision, to be honest with you. He just kept going. Bobby has made plays since he got here. I was really proud of him that he made the team, first of all, because he was very deserving. Just making sure he got in my vision, I kind of rolled out to the right and I had a quick flashback to last week when I was thinking about pulling the trigger on a Jimmy (Graham). I told myself before the game if I got in a situation like that to take a shot. I kind of saw him and just tried to throw it as far as I could.”

(On why he was upset after the last sack he took…)

“I was frustrated just not being on the same page as Davante (Adams) on that play. The short week is tough because you don’t get to really talk through every single look you expect to see. I thought he was going to go over the top, he was thinking that based on a different conversation that he was going to cross face. I was just frustrated we weren’t on the same page. I am not blaming him, I just wish we would have had one more conversation about that.”

(On what the Seahawks did in the second half to restrict what they were capable of…)

“No disrespect, but not much. I think we beat ourselves in the second half. We moved the ball at-will in the first half and in the second half we didn’t get the run-game going and we didn’t convert any third downs. They brought a little more pressure, but I don’t think there was anything special that they did that was slowing us down. We just didn’t click in the right spots.”

(On if he and Coach McCarthy need to be in better agreement about their plan…)

“I think there is an agreement on what we are doing. Obviously, we meet multiple times throughout the week on what we are trying to do. The frustration is in the execution. The execution just hasn’t been great, especially in situational offense. When you compare it to years past –we have always been really good on third down and really good in the red zone and we are just not this year. I think that is a combination of a lot of things, but that’s the biggest frustration.”


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