Packers' Rodgers: 'Right now I'm not getting it done'
By Bob Wolfley of the Journal Sentinel
Oct. 9, 2012
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he is making mistakes this season he has not made in the past, which has contributed to his team’s 2-3 start.
On his radio show Tuesday on WAUK-AM (540) with reporter Jason Wilde, Rodgers talked about the inconsistencies of his play, the inability of the offense to convert on third down, the lack of professionalism of rookies in practice and the impact the injury to running back Cedric Benson will have on the team.
"We have been a little inconsistent," Rodgers said when asked about what was wrong with the offense. "We have had real good stretches at times. We went four halves without giving up a sack, and in the other six halves we’ve given up 21. We’ve just been inconsistent on third down. Last year we were up around 50(%). This year we are probably more in the 40(%) range. We have been great in the red zone, cashed in a lot of touchdowns. I think we have to be up near the top of that category. We are not getting down there as much as we should. That’s why we are not averaging the same amount of points as last year."
The Packers have converted 39.7% of the time on third down this season, compared to 48.1% for all of last season.
Rodgers said the offense has not had as many opportunities to score as last season in part because the defense is not getting as many takeaways. But he said the offense is not taking the pressure off the defense in the manner it should.
"We had a little more than 24 minutes of time on offense," Rodgers said, referring to the game against the Colts. "It puts your defense in a bind. They had over 35 minutes of offense, a lot of snaps. . . . We need to do a better job on third down because when you are not converting those, you can’t keep drives going, you can’t keep your defense off the field, and it just puts them (the defense) in a tough position."