Packers running back Aaron Jones on Clubhouse Live: 'Good teams don't lose two in a row'
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers offensive lineman Alex Light was Jones’ guest.
Among the topics they touched on were Sunday's setback against San Francisco, third-downs, locker room confidence, team leadership and accountability. 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: Not many - if any - saw you losing 37-8 to the 49ers. How do you assess that performance? What happened?
Jones: They just beat us. They're a great team, and we didn't come ready to play. We didn't play like ourselves, and that's what happens when you don't come ready to play.
Q: What did the video show as far as the breakdowns? All correctable stuff again?
Jones: We haven't watched (the game) as a team, but me, myself - yes. I feel like there's still some penalties we had or little mental minor errors that usually (we) don't make and we're making them in those key situations.
Q: You were just one-of-15 in third-down conversions against the 49ers and are converting on just 34 percent overall. How do you get that facet of the offense going so you can keep the sticks moving? Just too many third-and-long situations?
Jones: Yeah, it starts on first and second down. You've got to get yourself in a manageable third down. When you get in third-and-long, defenses can do whatever they want at that point and send a lot of pressure or put eight DBs on the field and drop off and play the pass. We've just got to do a better job on the early downs.
Q: This is your first real taste of adversity this season with two rough losses in your past three games. How do you perceive the confidence right now in the locker room?
Jones: We just keep with the mindset good teams don't lose two in a row. We haven't done that all year, so we're going to keep that mindset. We feel like we're a pretty good team. Just go back to work.
Q: Aaron Rodgers said after Sunday's game that he thought "we have the leadership in this locker room" to bounce back. He also noted that some of the guys spoke up in the locker room. What was the main theme or message from those remarks?
Jones: We've just got to look in the mirror and be real with ourselves. That's not us. And that can never happen again, especially during this stretch and going into the playoffs. We need to get hot at the right time. Look in the mirror and see what went wrong, correct the correctables and move on.
Q: You were called into Sunday's game in place of the injured Bryan Bulaga. How would you evaluate your play, especially knowing you were going against one of the top defensive fronts in the league?
Light: I've always got to prepare like I'm going to play as a starter. Whoever goes down, next man up mentality. Coach says it all the time. But it was just unfortunate that Bulaga went down. I was ready. I saw him go down, so I sprinted on the field. But performance-wise, I know I've got to play better in order to give us - as a unit - a chance to win. It's always tough when one of the starters goes down and somebody else comes in. Everybody's got that thought in the back of their mind, 'Can this thing still go?' But I was critical of myself when watching the film. Definitely need to improve in areas - and on to the Giants.
Jones: I thought he did well. I was critical and thought he did well. He's always hard on himself. Before we boarded the plane, I told him I was proud of him.