Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard was Jones’ guest.
Among the topics they touched on were Sunday's loss to the Chargers, fixing mistakes, learning from defeat, bouncing back and playing with confidence. 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: It's the question everyone wants to know: What in the world went wrong against the Chargers? Do you chalk it up to it being just one of those clunkers that sometimes happens throughout the course of an NFL season?
Jones: It definitely is one of those games. Humbling. A game you need throughout the course of the year. Definitely didn't want that to happen to us. But they came ready to play, and that's kudos to them. We've just got to be better and be us and play our game, and that was not us.
Q: What did film study show? What were the breakdowns, and how correctable are the mistakes?
Jones: Just easy things. We're just shooting ourselves in the foot. We'd have a nice play on first down and (then) jump offsides or (have) a holding penalty or a delay of game. So it was just little things that we can correct, that we can fix and that we're going to fix.
Q: In some ways, don't you learn more about your team after going through a tough loss than when everything is going well?
Jones: You definitely do. It's definitely a test on your team, and it's a good test to see what kind of team you have - what kind of guys in the locker room you have. It shows if guys are going to stick together or dismantle and spread apart. We have the guys in the locker room who are going to stick together. It's a brotherhood, and we all want to succeed.
Q: You responded to your Week 4 loss to the Eagles by winning four straight games. How do you expect the guys will respond to Sunday's setback?
Jones: Just get back to work and get back to ourselves. We know what we have to do. Just stay true to ourselves and rely on our brothers and coaches and just play Green Bay Packer football.
Q: A lot of focus and attention came your way when Davante Adams went down with his turf toe injury. At the time, you were asked if you were ready to step in, and you're reply was, "Absolutely ready." Where did that confidence come from?
Lazard: Going back to when I first got (to Green Bay) back in December (2018) ... I knew that the season at that point was over (for me). So I knew I couldn't really contribute too much at that point to help the team. But I knew coming back next year that if I put enough work in the offseason and stuck with it, I could be able to help the team this season. Just sticking with the process. Just working hard and really just visualizing myself being able to play under the lights and playing with guys like Aaron Jones and Aaron Rodgers and (David) Bakhtiari and guys like that - to be able to go out there and make those big plays.