GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers’ struggles over the past year, lowlighted with one of the worst games of his career Sunday night in Minnesota, haven’t affected coach Mike McCarthy’s trust in his two-time MVP quarterback.
Rodgers, the NFL’s all-time leader in passer rating, hasn’t reached the 100-point mark in 14 straight games. He had one interception, three fumbles (lost one) and completed 55.6 percent of his passes in the Packers’ 17-14 loss at the Vikings on Sunday night.
“I have great confidence in Aaron,” McCarthy said. “I’ve never trusted a quarterback or an individual as a player more than I trust Aaron Rodgers. His work ethic is at the top of his career, the time he spends in the facility with the coaches and his teammates.
“So from that, it’s a process. We’ll all stick to the process, and from that we’ll have success.”
McCarthy acknowledged Rodgers needs to play better, but he didn’t push the panic button Wednesday. McCarthy said he expects Rodgers to bounce back Sunday in the Packers’ home opener against the Detroit Lions.
“First of all,” McCarthy said, “we’ve had two games. It’s a process, and he’s no different than any other player. Fundamentals is something you’re always chasing as a football team, and it’s no different at the quarterback position. We’ll focus on the process. The work ethic is outstanding for Aaron and our guys, and we’ll improve off of last week off of that.”
If Rodgers’ play has slipped, Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell isn’t piling on.
It’s become customary for opposing coaches to adorn Rodgers with praise in the week before playing the Packers. After last week’s performance, it could be more of a challenge. Caldwell didn’t deviate from the usual script when asked what he’s seen from the Packers quarterback.
“Greatness,” Caldwell said. “That’s what I see. I know often times that people like to criticize, but let me just tell you something, the guy is phenomenal. The guy has talent coming out of his ears. He can make every throw. He can run. He’s just a great leader. What are you talking about? He’s exceptional.”