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…
My real point here is I want to present to you the opposite of that phrase, namely “being a weasel.” Pete Carroll, Brandon Tate and Russel Wilson are weasels. Or at the very least, they acted like weasels last night:
”It’s a great moment for everybody. Thrilled for our kids, for our fans, what a great night for Monday Night football.
“For Him (Wilson) to make that play, for Golden to make that play, it’s kind of beyond words.” It’s a great moment for us.
“From what I understood from the officials it was a simultaneous catch. Tie goes to the runner. Good call,”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.
The pass was clearly intercepted by Jennings. At one point during the fight for possession, Tate’s right arm is completely off the ball while Jennings maintains possession throughout. In reality, Tate had more possession of Jennings than he did of the, you know, football.
The NFL rule book states the procedure in which a simultaneous catch should be handled, “If a pass is caught simultaneously by two eligible opponents, and both players retain it, the ball belongs to the passers. It is not a simultaneous catch if a player gains control first and an opponent subsequently gains joint control.”
The latter part of the rule clearly suggests that Jennings should have been granted the interception. He gains control, before Tate fights for possession. So, there you have it. By NFL rules, Jennings intercepted the pass, and the Packers won the game. Read more...(985 words + 2 images, estimated 3:56 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.
Concerns about offense: It’s important for us to improve. Point production is our focus, whether we do it through the run or the pass.
Greg Jennings: Jennings is up – I’m confidant he’ll take a full dose of snaps tonight.
Seattle QB situation: Product of 2 young players competing for the position. Yesterday’s games, watching the NFL, you just don’t know what to expect. That’s the NFL.
Wilson: He’s a very talented young man. Definitely played better in week two, running the ball helped. he did a nice job playing from the pocket. I was impressed with him in week 2.
Marshawn Lynch: We have a lot of respect for Marshawn. being with him at the Pro Bowl, that’s just heightened. He’s the focal point for our defense tionight. 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.
Packers Defensive Backs’ Arms
I can hear you saying, “huh?” What I’m talking about here is the the bane of their existence last season; arm tackling. Although it has been a point of emphasis for the coaches this past camp, and there has been some evidence of improvement in this area, this week is the true test. While Frank Gore and Matt Forte/Michael Bush are hard runners that don’t go down easily, they don’t have the “bounce off” ability that Marshawn Lynch does. Lynch will give you that dead leg and your block tackle attempt will get nowhere without grabbing that leg with your arms.
And forget about hitting him high without wrapping up. You’ll bounce off him like you just hit a trampoline. So let’s see if the Packers DBs really get it now. I’m looking at you, Burnett and Shields… Read more...(654 words + 3 images, estimated 2:37 mins reading time)