Aaron Rodgers said the Packers’ rough start in a Week 1 loss to the Saints was the result of a few things — including a “painful double nut shot” and “low energy.”
After the Packers were blown out by the Saints, 38-3, in Sunday’s season opener, the franchise quarterback called into the “Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday to explain what went wrong.
“It was one of those days… It was a rough one. Offensively we were bad… [and] not in rhythm,” said Rodgers, who was intercepted twice by New Orleans’ rookie defensive back Paulson Adebo and safety Marcus Williams.
The reigning NFL MVP was pulled from the game with nearly 11 minutes left and finished 15-of-28 for 133 yards with no touchdowns.
During the interview, Rodgers noted that he wanted to discuss the first interception early on in the third, when he was under pressure by Adebo.
“I don’t like to make a lot of excuses for interceptions,” he said, encouraging listeners to “go back and watch it. “There’s some s–t ones, ones you wish you had back, [and] there’s some ones that really aren’t your fault. That one was entirely due to the double nut shot I took.
“I stepped up in the pocket, I was going to throw it across my body to Davante [Adams]… And I’ve thrown it in practice before. I don’t feel bad about that throw. Right before I’m throwing it, I took a left clothesline… and somebody on the right, with a right cross, double nut shot.”
While it was a painful hit, Rodgers did say he should’ve compensated on the throw and wasn’t exactly protected in the area of the hit.
“I guess I gotta overcome that, throw a better ball. That was a painful one. They got their money’s worth on that one… When I started playing football in 8th grade, I wore a cup, and that was my last day wearing a cup. I definitely thought about that after [the hit].”
When asked about whether or not he feels the need to address “speculation” that Sunday’s performance is an indication he “doesn’t care,” Rodgers said, “No.”
He added, “I think it might be a freak-out outside of the facility. I think it’s a good learning lesson for us. We can’t play like that, we can’t start a game like that… our energy level was a little bit low before the game. We gotta do a better job at responding to adversity. There’s not much to say. We got our asses beat by 35 points. We’re all frustrated about it. But, we just move on. We got 16 more to go. We can’t dwell on this one and let it impact next week.
“Any great competitor is never OK with losing, but I think the response has to be the thing you set your mind to… watch the film, you flush it… and you move on to the next opponent.”
The Packers next host the Lions on “Monday Night Football.”