Packers vs. Seahawks: As the shock of seeing two referees standing in front of each other signaling opposite calls wore off… As the shock of seeing the wrong call get accepted wore off… As the shock of a replay review confirming the wrong call wore off… We got to witness insult being added to injury.
Pete Carroll prancing around the field like a silly schoolgirl (apologies to schoolgirls everywhere). Russell Wilson spouting off about what a great win they had just “earned.” Golden Tate playing dumb. They’re all weasels.
I was kind of surprised that watching these guys show no class (or spine) bothered me more than even how the game ended.
Every NFL team has gotten screwed by the officials at some point. It happens. Of course, that’s why we have replay, right? To avoid those situations. But there are still humans watching the replay.
This is why I really try hard not to complain about referees. I never want to come off like a crybaby, I want to show more class than that. Conversely, if my team is given a gift from the referees, I try to be humble about it and have no problem admitting it or being apologetic to the other team’s fans. that doesn’t make me a great person, just a mature one, I guess. In the old days we would have called that “being a man,” but I’m enlightened enough now to know that’s sexist and unfair to women to categorize such behavior by sex. But I digress… Read more...(1173 words + 4 images, estimated 4:42 mins reading time)
“Touchback,” signals one. “Touchdown,” signals the other. Apparently.
There’s nothing funny about it. The NFL’s replacement officials have officially cost a team a win that they rightfully earned.
“It was awful. That’s all I’m going to say about it.”
Aaron Rodgers was dumbfounded following the Packers’ 14-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night football. While the Packers quarterback and head coach were able to keep their composure at the postgame press conference, fellow NFL players and fans of the sport reacted differently.
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King called the game “one of the great disgraces in NFL history.”
The play in question was, of course, the last play of the game. As Seattle faced a fourth-and-ten on the Packers’ 24 yard-line, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson kept the play alive with his legs and fired the ball towards the endzone.
Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate pushed Packers cornerback Sam Shields to the ground, but the ball hit safety M.D. Jennings right between the numbers. Jennings cradled the ball to his chest, while Tate tried to wrestle the ball from him.
But nonetheless, two officials walked over towards Jennings and Tate, who are wrestling for possession of the ball. One official waves his arms, suggesting the pass was intercepted and the game was over. The other official, who ignored Tate’s “Shields shove,” rushes to the scrum and signals “Touchdown.”
The play was reviewed, and the call stood as called. Touchdown. Read more...(974 words + 2 images, estimated 3:54 mins reading time)
Long week: We had a very good week of preparation, from the practices to the meetings today – we’re ready to go.
Self scouting: We made a big improvement from week 1 to week 2. Special teams has been the best unit over the two games, offense stayed about the same. defensively we made the biggest improvement. 2 games is a small sample size, so we can’t overreact. We had an extra padded practice this week – that’s always beneficial.
Crowd noise: Ilook at it as a focus of our football team – it just tightens our focus. Whether it’s silent count, hand signals, whatever we’re doing, we practice it continually. We have a quarterback that won’t get rattled. We’ll handle it. Read more...(1069 words + 2 images, estimated 4:17 mins reading time)
We’re going to delve into the not-so-obvious aspects of the Packers – Seahawks matchup and give you some very specific things to look for.
Here are three not-so-obvious things to watch in this game:
Breno Giacomini vs. ?
The Packers are quite familiar with Breno Giacomini and his positives and negatives. While his size is a big help in the running game, moving that big body quickly enough is a real problem for Giacomini against speed rushers. I expect Erik Walden to get a lot of snaps over Nick Perry, taking advantage of his speed rushing capabilities. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see the Packers give Clay Matthews a decent number of snaps on Giacomini’s side. Nick perry will probably get teh snaps in obvious running situations.
Conversely, the Seahawks will certainly be ready for this possibility and have some pass/run options put in for Russel Wilson to call. Given Walden’s issues against the run last year (although he has improved), the Seahawks may see that matchup as a plus for them and try to run right at Walden with the big-bodied Giacomini swallowing him up. That will put the ball in AJ Hawk’s court as the inside linebacker on that side.
It’s destined to become a mini chess match within the bigger Packers defense – Seahawks offense chess match. Keep an eye on how this plays out. Read more...(654 words + 3 images, estimated 2:37 mins reading time)