Aaron Rodgers vs. New Orleans

Although you can point the finger at a lot of guys on the Green Bay Packers for not playing well, Aaron Rodgers isn’t really one of them. Still, he stepped up and took some of the blame for the Packers poor start on Tuesday.

“I haven’t played as well as the expectations” Rodgers said on his weekly radio show.

“I’ve made some checks that have been unproductive,” Rodgers said. “I’ve missed some throws that I’m accustomed to hitting. I just haven’t played the way, the standard I’ve set. My solemn promise is that I’m going to work every day to get better. I’m going to clean up some of the things I’m not doing as well as I could. The proof is in the pudding, and right now I’m no getting it done.”

To put things in perspective, Rodgers has a 68.8 completion percentage and has thrown for 1,307 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has a 97 quarterback rating. Just about anyone else would be on pace for a career year with those numbers, but Rodgers threw only six interceptions all of last season and set an NFL mark for quarterback rating.

So, his numbers are down.

Although Rodgers seems to be missing some throws he hit last season and has, on occasion, held the ball too long on plays that have resulted in sacks, he isn’t the culprit here.

He probably just took a load of weight off the real culprits by saying that though. But hey, that’s what a leader does.