Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers rookie wide receiver Darrius Shepherd was Jones’ guest.
Among the topics they touched on were dealing with defeat, coach Matt LaFleur, the running game and Davante Adams. The show can be seen live at The Clubhouse Sports Pub & Grill in downtown Appleton or at clubhouselive.com.
Here are select and edited answers from the interview:
Q: You suffered your first loss of the season in Thursday's game against the Eagles. How tough is it to bounce back quickly, forget about the setback and get ready for Sunday's showdown against Dallas?
Jones: We're taking it well. We just look it in the face, and we know we've got to do better and step up. It's our first adversity as a team, and we're going to respond and step up and show that this is a new team and we've got what it takes.
Q: A lot of eyes are on coach Matt LaFleur to see how he handles adversity for the first time this season. How is he turning what happened against Philadelphia into positive teaching points as you look ahead to the Cowboys?
Jones: Just knowing that we're going to be a stronger team after this - coming in and getting focused. We know everything starts with the ball. You take care of the ball, you're going to win games. You take the ball on defense, you're going to win games. So just refocusing, just starting day by day. It's about stacking success, and it started (Monday).
Q: As a team, you were limited to 77 rushing yards against the Eagles and currently rank 26th in the league in rushing offense at 86.2 yards per game. Individually, Philadelphia held you to 21 yards rushing. What are the corrections that you see need to be made to get the running game going? And how fixable are those corrections?
Jones: I think it's very fixable. The first four games, we played really good defenses. The Eagles were No. 2 against the rush (entering the game). You've got the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos - those are all good fronts, penetrating fronts. That's what they do, stop the run. ... Our run game is just getting going. Still learning how to read it out. We're still learning how to block it up. It's going to be something that's a work in progress, and we're just going to continue to get better. And once it gets there, it's going to pop.
Q: Your locker is next to Davante Adams. Has he become a mentor to you?
Shepherd: He has been a great leader to me. When I came to Green Bay, I was super-excited to get to be around Davante because he's such a great receiver and somebody I actually watched when I was in college and kind of studied his game. When I made the team, I came in the next day in the locker room and I see my locker is next to Davante Adams. I'm like, 'Wow, it's funny how your life can change in a year.' But he's a great person, as well as a great player. He's always looking out for us and doing everything he can for all the guys on the team.