The man who had failed runs leading defenses in Detroit and Washington started with a dud in Green Bay and his positivity isn't very reassuring.
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“Rashan, he had a hell of an offseason, and he came back in great shape,” fellow outside linebacker Preston Smith said.
Green Bay's best pass rusher is placed on injured reserve.
The linebacker played just 18 of the 62 defensive snaps in the 38-3 loss to the Saints in Jacksonville.
"It's just one game and we're not going to be held prisoner mentally by that poor performance," Rodgers said.
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During their 38-3 drubbing at the hands of the New Orleans Saints last Sunday, one could argue on several plays Packers’ defenders weren’t even in the same library.
“I’m confident and happy and excited and love these guys," Rodgers said. "As a competitor, I’m frustrated about my performance, our performance. But this game is about how you respond to negativity usually more than how you're hailed for your successes."
“I still have the utmost confidence in our defense. We’re going to regroup and get better this week,” veteran safety Adrian Amos said.
After the way the Saints defense completely owned Rodgers & Co. — and made last year’s No. 1 scoring offense in the NFL look like it had no idea what it was doing for most of the afternoon — it was reasonable also to wonder if New Orleans defensive coordinator Dennis Allen had given future opponents a playbook for how to stymie the Packers’ previously high-powered operation.