There are not many people who are predicting the Green Bay Packers to do very well this season. After trading Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets to make way for Jordan Love, as well as going into 2023 with numerous young players at the offensive skill positions, most are calling this a “rebuild” year for the Packers. That term, however, has been met with some backlash from the players themselves. Keisean Nixon has already put out a strong statement denying that the team is rebuilding this year, and Aaron Jones added his two cents to the topic yesterday following OTA’s.
Aaron Jones Does Not Believe the Green Bay Packers Are in a Rebuild
Jones addressed the media after the second day of OTA’s on Tuesday, which was the first practice that was open to members of the press. When asked about a rebuild, Jones firmly stated that no one in their locker room views 2023 as a rebuild year:
“We’ve got everything we need here. If you think we’re in a rebuild, you’ve got the wrong team, the wrong place. We know it’s going to take all 11 and we’ll have to depend on each other in all phases, but we’re hungry, we’re ready to prove a lot of people wrong. We know what people are saying. Everybody has an opinion and most of them stink.”
Green Bay certainly does have an uphill battle this season. The young offense is complimented with a defense that has underperformed over the last two seasons under defensive coordinator Joe Barry. The defense will rely on veteran Kenny Clark to lead them to a vast improvement, especially in the run game. Meanwhile, Love and the offense will spend the next four months getting on the right page, establishing a chemistry that was so painfully and obviously lacking last season.
While Jones and the Packers will need to prove that this year is not a rebuild with their play on the field, it is promising to fans that no one on the team is down on the roster. Success begins with believing in oneself, and the Packers believe in themselves. They feel like they are the underdogs, that they need to prove people wrong, and that is a great spot to be in for such a young team.
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