While the Green Bay Packers still aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, the odds aren’t in their favor. These next four games, more than anything, give the Packers a chance to regain a sense of pride and confidence in themselves as a team.
While quarterback Aaron Rodgers told reporters at his locker Wednesday that he wasn’t necessarily a believer in year-to-year momentum, he did provide some interesting historical context.
“It’s hardy to carry momentum over from year-to-year,” Rodgers said, “but there’s a lot of pride in the performance. That’s first of all, doing things the right way, playing for Joe (Philbin), giving him the best opportunity moving forward is important for us. (In) 2006, we were 4-8. Finished out the season winning our last four. (We) kind of felt good about ourselves all offseason and moving into training camp and went 13-3 the next season and obviously we were one play away from the Super Bowl.”
While Rodgers didn’t start that year, instead playing behind Brett Favre, he surely understands that a carryover effect isn’t unprecedented. The Packers won 10 of their first 11 games and cruised to a division title but were beaten in overtime in the NFC title game by the New York Giants.
Still, the 2018 Packers have to play better down the stretch, which Rodgers believes is most attributed to poor execution.
“I don’t think you scrap the whole thing,” Rodgers said. “I just think you really need to be better in situational offense if you want to win games. We’re going to pay a little more attention – even more attention – to (situational offense) the next couple of weeks. We have to fix that if we want to win games.”
“To me (execution) is the biggest problem we’ve had all season,” Rodgers said.
The Packers and its 53 members of the active roster need to play better because, as Rodgers pointed out, the entire organization is under evaluation.
“There’s a little feel of training camp,” Rodgers said. “Mike (McCarthy) is not here. There’s new voices. Everybody is kinda realizing we’re under the microscope even more.”
A strong, united performance under that microscope over the final month could help Rodgers and the Packers get back to where they expect to be to start 2019.