Aaron Rodgers says Packers make too many mental mistakes, suggests cutting reps for struggling players

Aaron Rodgers says Packers make too many mental mistakes, suggests cutting reps for struggling players

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We are now seven weeks into the regular season, and Packers the attack still looks as disjointed as ever.

Aaron Rodgers‘ club has dropped three straight games, including a 23-21 loss Commanders in week 7, to push them to 3-4 on the year. In that loss, a foul failed to convert a third down attempt and generated just 232 yards of total offense.

That’s been a familiar theme for this unit throughout the early part of the 2022 campaign. Green Bay ranks 25th NFL ranked third-lowest (35.4%), has one of the highest punting rates in the league, and is a middling team in yards per game average. It’s also the first time Rodgers has lost three straight, and Green Bay’s 18.3 points per game average is the lowest over the seven-start span of his career.

“We had so many just mental mistakes and mistakes,” Rodgers told “Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday. “It’s not the type of football we’ve been used to playing for years.”

Rodgers went on to say that previous iterations of the Packers have typically had a handful of mental lapses during a given game, but this group has consistently racked up double-digit turnovers that have put them behind the bottom eight. That’s why Rodgers admitted he’s open to head coach Matt LaFleur shaking up the depth chart and limiting reps for those unable to get up to speed.

“It’s definitely not just one play here or there,” Rodgers said. “That’s 20% of the time. If we go 50 plays and have 10 missed assignments or mental mistakes, that’s 20% of the time. That’s too much. We’ve looked less than 10% in the past so that gives us a really good chance to be successful. Twenty percent, that’s too high. That’s one series where you’re really making it hard on yourself. So we’ve got to fix that.

“I think the guys who make too many mistakes shouldn’t play. I have to start reducing the reps. And maybe the guys who don’t play give them a chance.”

Rodgers didn’t specifically call out any players with his comments, but those in the building probably know exactly who he’s putting on the hot seat.

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