The Green Bay Packers had fallen apart during the second half of a loss to Washington. With four consecutive defeats and a 4-6 record, all seemed lost.
Not to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who boldly predicted the team would run the table.
“I think sometimes you just have a feeling,” Rodgers told Adam Schein on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio channel on Monday. “And also you need to have a little faith, as well. When you combine that feeling and that faith in your teammates and the process and your leadership, sometimes it’s necessary to say something like that. It has to come from an authentic place and you have to believe what you’re saying.”
The Packers have delivered on Rodgers’ faith. Green Bay won its fourth consecutive game at Chicago on Sunday when Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for a 60-yard gain to set up the winning field goal.
Why the faith?
“Every team needs to along the way, along the course of a season, win different types of games so you understand how to respond in situations and understand how to win those certain games,” Rodgers said. “We didn’t understand that against Atlanta, against Indy, against Tennessee and Washington. But something kind of clicked in Philly and we had an awakening about what it takes to get it done in this league, and we’ve been on a nice little streak.”
As for the injured calf, Rodgers said he's "doing a lot better than I was last week." Staying in the pistol helped decrease the strain on the injury, and he expects to play this week "without any inhibitions."
At the end of the interview, Rodgers and Schein discussed the decision by college athletes – namely LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey – to sit out their bowl games to avoid a potential injury as they prepare for their NFL careers.
Here’s a snippet of Rodgers on the subject: “The NCAA makes so much money off of their kids and they put ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous restrictions on everything they can do. And at the same time they are making billions and billions of dollars and they give these kids, bowl game, couple of ribbons and a Game Boy. We’ve got to think about some other ways to help these kids out.”
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