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Mike McCarthy on Aaron Rodgers, Pack: 'Got to quit chasing our tail'

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Finally, someone has offered an answer to the question on the minds of all those who have watched the Packers lately: What's wrong with Aaron Rodgers?

"If Aaron's really guilty of anything, he's trying to do too much," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday. "And that's something that I think you would expect from your leader and a great quarterback that's done it at such a high level."

This is new territory for McCarthy and Rodgers. Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions was the Packers' third straight and marked the first time since 2008 -- Rodgers' first season as a starter -- that they have lost three consecutive games with the two-time NFL MVP as their starter.

Rodgers' numbers haven't been off. He had two straight 300-plus-yard passing games after his 77-yard performance in the loss at Denver, and he has thrown six touchdowns and only one interception during this losing streak.

But closer examination of his play reveals an offense out of sync in part because Rodgers has missed throws he normally makes and in part because his receivers -- minus injured Pro Bowler Jordy Nelson -- haven't been able to get open enough.

"On offense, frankly, we're kind of chasing the game," McCarthy said. "We're chasing the game, and you don't chase the game of football. You let the game come to you, and you attack it, and you take advantage of the opportunities that are presented. We've got to quit chasing our tail."

Rodgers insisted after Sunday's game that he is not injured. He offered little explanation for why the offense has struggled and said "We'll look at the film."

The Packers rank 22nd in passing yards per game and 21st in total yards.

"It's an 11-man game," McCarthy said. "Everything has to be in sync, starting with the run blocking to the pass protection to the ability to trust the protection and trust the routes. We're not as efficient as we have been in the past, and it really goes back to the fundamentals.

"Aaron's no different than anybody else. He's just got to stay true to his fundamentals."