Gannett Wisconsin Media's Brett Christopherson caught up with Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, who shared his thoughts on Sunday's 29-10 loss to the Denver Broncos:
The Packers struggled to get anything going offensively against the Broncos and are ranked 28th in the NFL in total offense and 27th in passing offense. How high is the level of frustration?
RC: I wouldn't say that we're overly frustrated. We know what we're capable of. We haven't played as well as we should. We're just going back and making sure we continue to get better in practice each day and try to make things happen.
Mike McCarthy said afterward the loss was "humbling." What word would you use to describe the game and outcome?
RC: I would agree with him. I think that we've all felt very confident about our football team. And we still feel very confident about our football team and the guys we have in that locker room and the ability. But (the loss) definitely kind of knocked us off our high horse. They came out and pretty much dominated us on all sides of the ball, and we didn't play as well as we needed to win. So that definitely is humbling for us.
Do you pin more of the blame on yourselves and the inability to execute the game plan? Or is Denver's defense simply that good? How do you explain what went wrong?
RC: I'm not going to take anything away from that defense. They have a great defense — a lot of great players. And they've been able to do some great things this year. But us offensively, we always hold ourselves to a certain standard, and we didn't play up to that standard this past week. Personally, I feel like it's my fault. I have to do better. I have to make more plays. I have to break more tackles. I think definitely it's on me, and I'm going to do everything I can to correct what I need to correct to make sure this team is ready to go on Sunday.
When a receiver is struggling to get open, what adjustments can be made to help create more separation?
RC: That's on us as players. That's on us not doing our jobs as well as we need to. As a group, we have to get better with getting separation and giving Aaron (Rodgers) somewhere to go with the ball, giving him the trust to put it in tight spots and make the plays for him. We have to do better at our jobs.
In studying the video and going through the self-scout process, what can you take away from the Denver game that will make you a better team moving forward?
RC: I think that we were just a couple plays away. There were a few plays that we missed on. There were a few third-down opportunities where if we would have completed the pass, if we would have made the catch, we would have picked up the first down and been able to continue drives. It really was just a few plays here and there. We make those plays, then there could be a total different outlook on the game. It's just being able to make those plays and make things happen.
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