Former long-time Packer fullback John Kuhn, who is now a sports analyst for the organization’s digital, broadcast, and game presentation department, spent time with Aaron Rodgers on Kuhn’s “4 Downs With John Kuhn” segment earlier this week.
While the Packers offense clearly took heat for their performance in the 10-3 win over the Bears in week one, there is something about understanding the flow of the game, managing it and coming out with a win. Rodgers noted first that the win is most important and the team is open to criticism, knowing that the 10 point output doesn’t match their high standard. However, he made it clear that the Bears have a great defense, a tough environment for a road team and rival game. But in the end, there were still points left out on the field.
Kuhn mentioned that people say the biggest jump is from week one to week two as a team. The road doesn’t get any easier facing a tough Minnesota defense. To make the jump Rodgers indicated that the offensive tempo getting in and out of the huddle better needs to improve and to eliminate pre-snap penalties. No matter the opponent and the defensive talents they possess, as an offense it all comes down to execution which should be a bit easier at home. A big key is to stay in third and manageable distance.
Lambeau Field unveils its new game day atmosphere this week and Rodgers is excited and looking forward to what is in store. Being a veteran of many years with the team, he’s encountered so many changes, whether it’s in the locker room, weight room or both end zones. The changes promote a fun environment for both the players and the fans with the more noise generated, the better.
On the 18th anniversary of 9/11, Rodgers was asked if he remembers where he was at the time. Driving his Toyota Camry heading into high school, he had US History class first period. Being on the west coast it was first thing in the morning, Rodgers heard it on the radio and didn’t know what was happening. Watching all day on television, Rodgers was in absolute disbelief.
Rodgers has thoughts about the men and women in the fire and police departments laying down their lives trying to protect and evacuate people, while noting their strength and team mentality. Such a tragedy for this country but shows the selflessness and strength of our men and women in uniform. Great deal of respect for what they went through that day.
You can watch the video of the full interview here at Packers.com