Packers Playbook (aka Hobbjective Analysis): Week 7 vs Jacksonville Jaguars
So I’m going to do something a little bit unusual from the usual Packers Playbook series; first off I’m going to breakdown a special teams play, namely Davon House’s blocked punt which turned into a special teams touchdown, but ru because I want to hear your rationale for running this play because frankly I don’t really understand it.
The Situation: The score is 7 to 3 in Green Bay’s favor and the Packers defense has just forced a 4th down. The Jaguars have stayed in the game longer than most people had predicted but it’s probably more because the Packers seem to be off rather than any offensive firepower displayed by the Jaguars.
The Formation: To be honest I wasn’t able to find any of the position names for any of the positions, so I will be using my best approximations. Naturally first off is KR Randall Cobb (18), who for obvious reasons is not in the picture and since this is a blocked punt play, is irrelevant to the play. In the gunner/jammer positions are CB Davon House (31) aligning to the top of the screen and CB Jarrett Bush (24) and CB Casey Hayward (29) aligned to the bottom of the screen. In terms of linemen (are they called linemen?), at RDE is ILB Jamari Lattimore (57) and at LDE is OLB Dezman Moses. In the “middle” at DT is ILB Robert Francois (49) and TE Ryan Taylor (82). In the “backfield” are SS Sean Richardson (28) and FS MD Jennings (43).
For astute readers out there will have noticed that this only adds up to 10 players, which is probably another reason why the Jaguars aren’t probably winning many games.
Pre-snap: SS Richardson approaches the line and looks to blitz while CB Hayward motions from the jammer position to the outside shoulder of LDE Moses. After that CB House motions to the outside shoulder of RDE Lattimore. Essentially at this point there are 8 players in the box, which is even with the 8 players the Jaguars have to block.
The Snap: CB Hayward bails out of the blitz to cover WR Kevin Elliot (87) who is the gunner that CB House was originally covering.
“OT” SS Chris Harris (43) blocks DT Francois leaving one of the upbacks, #35 to deal with RDE Moses.
This of course leaves CB House a free shot at the punter and the personal protector SS Chris Prosinski (42) doesn’t adjust.
CB House manages to get a hand on the ball as it leaves the punters foot, after that there’s a mad scramble for the ball (as Chris Berman would say “rumblin’ fumblin’ football…WHOOOP!) At the end of the play RDE Moses somehow ends up with the ball and the Packers score their first punt blocked for a touchdown in 22 years.
Conclusion: Okay first things first, who was supposed to be the 11th man in the formation? I looked through every Jaguars punt that game and this is the most similar play when it comes to formation.
Based on this play in the 3rd quarter the odd man out is WR Jarrett Boykin (11) who is aligned outside RDE Moses. The second thing to take notice is from the second picture (the one counting the Packers players), where you’ll notice that the Jaguars ironically have 12 men on the field. The odd man out in this picture is OLB Kyle Bosworth (56, if that last name sounds familiar he is indeed the nephew of the infamous Brian “Boz” Bosworth and to make matters worse is apparently dating Real Housewives of Orange County star Kara Keough), who runs off before the ball is snapped. I’m almost certain at this point that Bosworth leaving late is the catalyst for this entire play. If the punter and personal protector aren’t making sure that Bosworth is off the field, then they probably notice that no one is covering WR Kevin Elliot (87), who ironically points to the RT when CB House motions to that side, but doesn’t make any attempt to wave his hands showing that he’s uncovered. Either the Jaguars special teams are under very strict rules not to switch to a trick play (which would have been entirely appropriate in this situation), or they are so clueless about House and the missing 11th man that they fail to recognize they have distinct advantage in a trick play.
Questions: Okay, so here’s the questions I’d like to hear from you.
- Who is #35 on the Jaguars? For some reason he’s not listed on the team’s official roster and I wasn’t able to find him on the transaction list either.
- What do you think the rationale for trying to block the punt is? From a game perspective, yes the Packers haven’t exactly been tearing it up on offense, but the defense is play well, there’s a lot of time left and the Jaguars are well the Jaguars.
- What do you think of the coverage? Perhaps the most crazy part is that Casey Hayward is supposed to cover Kevin Elliot, but he’s on the opposite side of the field (take a look at the picture at the snap where you can see Hayward racing from the middle of the field to cover Elliot). There’s simply no way for Hayward to defend a pass from where he starts or even block for Randall Cobb. I’m confused why this play is even in the playbook as it seems like it wouldn’t work 9 time out of 10.
- What do you think of Punter Brian Anger’s last name? I think it’s awesome
Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.