Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has kept a low-profile this week in South Lake Tahoe. Well, as low a profile as a Super Bowl-winning QB can keep. But before heading out to play nine holes (and carry his own bag), Rodgers stopped to chat with me and our cameras.
You’ll see some of this interview on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access tonight and on NFL.com tomorrow. But there’s always a little more.
The Packers ended their season in the playoffs last year with an ugly loss to the Giants. Rodgers was ready to turn the page.
“It’s a new team, it’s a new players, rookies, new coaches, it’s a different feel,” Rodgers told me earlier today. “So we’re going to be focused on one goal. Thirty-two teams enter camp with a goal of going to the Super Bowl and winning it. Obviously there’s only two at the end, but that’s going to be the goal every training camp. It’s interesting to see how the team comes together. There’s always a new feel to the team, new guys that step up that you didn’t expect to step up, some guys might not play as well as you expect them to, others might not be with us. So, there’s always going to be changes, going to be some good fights probably during training camp, hopefully fans will enjoy it there in Green Bay.”
Sounds like Rodgers will enjoy it, too. He seems ready. Sure, sure, there is golf this week. But his mind is on football during “the calm before the chaos.” Rodgers said his arm feels good.
“I think by the time you get to this point, going into my eighth season, we have a pretty (good idea) of what it takes to kinda get yourself ready for training camp,” Rodgers said. “I’ve put in a ton of work to this point. Obviously, you keep that going with the cardio and stuff, there’s not a lot of real weight room workouts you can do up here. I stay up on my cardio. Throwing, I think I’ll be ready by the time I get to Wednesday.“
What kind of expectations does he have for the Packers?
“I think you expect to be successful,” Rodgers said. “We got a great team that’s been built by Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy, guys with solid devotion to the team and their sport and their craft. There’s an expectation among the leaders of the team that the young guys will come ready to play once training camp starts and there’s always an expectation in Titletown that you’re going to win the Super Bowl. We know our fans expect that. As a team, that’s our goal and hopefully we can start to put things together in the preseason.”