“I’m just frustrated. I didn’t throw the ball very well. I’m not trying to be ridiculously humble right now, I’m just frustrated. The ball wasn’t coming out the way I wanted it to today.”
That’s what Aaron Rodgers had to say about his performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, despite having what many NFL quarterbacks might call a good, if not great day at the office.
Watching last season’s Super Bowl MVP mope and hang his head at the podium following yesterday’s 35-26 win was unusual, even for Rodgers. So, the question came from the back of the room: “23-for-34, 299 yards, over 110 quarterback rating and you’re not satisfied?”
Throw in the fact that he also had three passing touchdowns and another 28 yards on five scrambles and he still wasn’t happy.
Clearly, like his team, the Packers, Rodgers wants to be perfect or as near to it as he can be. That’s a good thing and a motivating factor not only for him, but for his teammates. It’s part of his inspiration and his drive to be great, as his teammate Greg Jennings so aptly reminds everyone daily.
As long as the Packers win – yes they did do that Sunday, despite a rather uninspiring team effort overall – this could very well be another long run of success for Green Bay.
Should we say the team was flat? Probably. But if that’s the case and they still go out and put 35 points on the board, then that’s OK. Let’s just hope they pick up that same ball and take it to Detroit on Thursday.
We’re witnessing history, not only history at the league level, but at the franchise level for this quarterback from whom we’ve come to expect perfection week-in and week-out. Clearly, when he doesn’t deliver the way he’s used to delivering and the way that Packers fans have come to expect, then yeah, I guess it was a bad day for him.
But let’s not get carried away. He is human. We can expect days like he had. But compare his bad days with that quarterback who slung the ball around the yard with reckless abandon for 16 years and despite that, we came to love his imperfection, grew to understand his foibles.
We should be counting ourselves lucky with a man like Rodgers in the house. He’s going to be around for a long time to come and he’s going to have ups and downs.
If Sunday’s performance was an indication of his “down” I think we can all live with that.