Coach Mike McCarthy doesn't want the Packers to have "a bunch of false confidence" just because Aaron Rodgers is back. Yes, the Packers' locker room was abuzz on Wednesday after Rodgers began preparations for his return Sunday at the Carolina Panthers after missing nearly two months because of his broken right collarbone. But the quarterback stressed it will take more than just his return to get the Packers into the playoffs. "Hopefully, it gives a lift to some of the guys, but I'm not coming back to save this team," Rodgers said. "I'm coming back to play quarterback the way I know how to play it. Hopefully, we all raise the level of our play collectively and find a way to win these three games." At 7-6, the Packers almost certainly have to run the table to have any chance for a ninth straight postseason appearance. The Packers went 3-4 with Brett Hundley as Rodgers' replacement, including consecutive overtime wins the past two weeks to make it worthwhile for Rodgers to return. "I think our football has done an excellent job of finding different ways to win," McCarthy said. "We're not going to go to Carolina with a bunch of false confidence. We understand the impact that Aaron Rodgers makes for our football team and, hell, the impact that he'd make for anybody's football team. He's a great player; he's an impact player. We're in a position that we're in. We're 7-6. We clearly understand what's on the line here." Rodgers was off to a hot start before he broke his right clavicle on Oct. 15 against the Minnesota Vikings. He led the league in touchdown passes (13) through five weeks and pulled off a pair of last-minute comeback wins against the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys.
Mike McCarthy: No 'false confidence' because Aaron Rodgers is back
ESPN | Dec 13