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Important Packers quotes after the game include humbling admissions from Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers

The Packers admit they were “absolutely embarrassed” by the Saints on Sunday.

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Matt LaFleur

On the play of the Saints overall:

“They came ready to play and absolutely embarrassed us today. You can’t do that against a well-coached and quality football team. Our guys will have to take a hard look in the mirror. It starts with myself. Obviously, (we) did not get these guys ready to play ball and that is what happens when you go out there and play like that against a good football team. So, give the Saints all the credit. They came ready to play, had a great plan and executed.”

On whether this result was “shocking:”

“I’d say so. Yeah absolutely. It’s very humbling to say the least.”

On the performance of his offensive line:

“It felt like until that moment, the protection was pretty decent. I’ll have to go back and look at it. A lot of times my eyes aren’t focused on the rush, but it wasn’t good enough. We didn’t run the ball good enough or even attempt to run the ball enough and that’s my fault.

On if he thinks Hurricane Ida made the Saints players come out with more intensity:

“They obviously came out with a lot more intensity than we did. They were the hungrier team and that’s disappointing. Especially when you have a team, we feel like we have. But ultimately, I did a bad job of getting these guys ready to play.”

On how Aaron Rodgers looked in the game compared to preseason:

“I think they had a nice plan. You could tell that they were going to play a lot of 2-man coverages to take away Davante Adams and some of the other weapons. When you have teams that are going to do that to you, you better be able to run the football. We didn’t attempt to run the football much and that’s my fault ultimately as the play-caller.

Aaron Rodgers

On the loss, generally:

“It’s just one game. We played bad. I played bad. Offensively, we didn’t execute very well. It’s one game. We have 16 to go. We’ll evaluate the film like we always do. We will be critical, and we’ll move on.”

On the Saints defense:

“When a team is going to play that much two show, then you have to be able to run the ball. We didn’t run it that effectively. I think we came in thinking that they were going to pressure us a bunch like they did last time. We had some different skill guys this time, so they did not pressure us a lot. It was a lot of two show and they kind of held up with their front four or their front six.”

On his second interception:

“On the second one, we were kind of backed up I had Davante (Adams) on a high split running a cut corner. I felt like that was going to hold the safety. We had kind of set up that play for a while. It was that combination where they were play a triangle combination on the two receivers to the strong side. I didn’t get my eyes back to the safety. On my initial look, I thought I was holding the back side. Davante was inside, so I thought he was going to hang back a little more. The first one was kind of the play of the game that swung things big time. It was 17-3. If we score there, then it is 17-10. I probably should have thrown it to (Aaron) Jones and moved on to third down. Presnap, I was thinking about giving Davante a different route. I stepped up in the pocket and took a shot as I was throwing it. I wish I would have thrown that one away or thrown it to Jonesy right way. Obviously, that changed the game.”

On the offensive line:

“I though the line played good. I thought they held up good. I thought Josh (Myers) did a nice job with variance of cadence that we did. I thought he played well. We’ll see what the film says. I thought him and Royce did a nice job. Protection overall was pretty good. I had given them a sack there on a keeper in the first half. Other than that, I thought the protection was pretty good.”

On playing in Jacksonville:

“I felt like our energy was a little bit low. It felt a little San Diegoish from a couple of years ago. We just kind of needed something to get going. It was kind of the same thing. Long drives on their side and us not executing. We had 10 plays-ish there. We were down 17-0 and we are in two minute mode on our third drive of the first half. Very disjointed possesion-wise. We have been in games like that before We had one like that against Minnesota where it was limited possessions in the first half, but I think we scored on all those possessions, so that one felt better obviously than this one did.”

On whether he thought the heat was a factor:

“We say there are no coincidences in life, so I don’t think I can sluf it off as a coincidence. We traveled down here. It was hot, but we traveled down here in 2016 and it wasn’t as hot as it was that day, so the heat shouldn’t have been an issue for us. We just did not execute very well.”

On any takeaways he can take from this game:

“I don’t know that you do. There’s not much that you can say. They beat us. They played way better than us. We played bad. I played bad. It was uncharacteristic of how we practiced in training camp. This is hopefully an outlier moving forward. We will find out next week.”


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