Speaking in low tones and a halting voice, Rodgers said, "It's been a
rough couple days around the facility," and, "a lot of us have been
"We're all professionals," Rodgers said. "We have to be able to separate
the on-the-field from the off-the-field stuff. And make sure when
you're at work, you remain focused. But we're human as well, and the
human element is that it's on your mind. You're thinking about it.
You're thinking about Joe."
"What do you say to someone who has lost their son in a tragic way like
this?" Rodgers said. "At 28, there are no words I can say to comfort
him. I wanted him to know how much I care about him and [his wife] Diane
and the family and I'm praying for him.
"But I think once we get in here on Wednesday, it's going to be
about beating the Giants and making sure we're doing everything we can
do to play our best game."
This is a horrible situation. I am asking this question as objectively as possible especially being a parent.....
Do you think the Packers will rally around this and try to get an emotional edge out of it or do you think it is going to affect the way they practice, prepare and ultimately play the game?
I know a football players mentality is to use it as motivation and to channel it in a positive way but I just imagine it's going to be hard for some of them and especially the coach to keep his mind off things. Sometimes people say they want to play/coach to get their mind off it.
I also think it bodes well for us that they have not really played in 3 weeks. Last time they played they were getting shredded by Detroit. I think it will take them a quarter or so to knock the dirt off so hopefully we can capitalize early and often.