They generally share only the minimum info on injuries. Rollins was a limited participant in practice yesterday, that's big, because one of the final steps in concussion protocol is to practice and then determine how you test/feel after that. If he practices again today, that would be a good sign for him being available this week.
I know coaches put a lot of thought into this, but I really have trouble figuring out whether it's better to kick or receive to start the game. I often think it just doesn't matter much, but I suspect many/most coaches would disagree. I just don't have a strong opinion. In this case, though, if I'm the Packers, I take the ball, try to get Rodgers going early and maybe get an early lead.
I don't have a definite answer for you, but I'd guess not because otherwise a defensive player who is OB could touch the guy with the ball and he'd be down. If the guy who's OB is touching the ball, that might be different. Maybe if they're on the same team, that changes things, I don't know the rule. But as you say, it was automatically reviewed, so I'd think it would have been called a touchback upon review if that's what the rule was.
I thought he looked pretty promising as a rookie and last year, but he didn't play as well this after his return from suspension. Looks to me like the Packers concluded he's not going to play up to his abilities, so they decided to move on. Before they released him I was thinking he might play some this week because he's a run stopper, so the fact that they cut him this week says a lot.
I haven't seen him quoted anywhere, he's likely avoiding media because of the injury.
Special teams. Ripkowski is playing a lot from scrimmage, and they like Kerridge on special teams.
I'm sure he's aware of it.
Yeah, was thinking about that earlier this week, there's a pretty good argument you're better off playing Dallas this week then in the NFC championship for the reason you cite. The Cowboys also sat a couple guys for the regular-season finale because they'd locked up the top seed. I'd probably sit guys too, can't get your key guys hurt in a game that means nothing, but teams sometimes lose their edge. Just off the top of my head I remember it happened to Denver in '96, they wrapped up the AFC early, then Jacksonville game in and beat the Broncos in the divisional round.
With the way Rodgers is going, that has to help the run game. At this point, though, it's whatever works, and whatever it takes to win.
I have mixed feelings. It's always great to get the second half kick because it gives you a chance for the ol' double-up -- score at the end of the half, then get the ball to start the third quarter.
Looks to me like Garrett's a good coach too, and give credit to Jerry Jones for sticking with him. Stability in management and coaching is a key to success in this league, and he's been impulsive about making changes in the past but stuck with Garrett and now it's paying off. But sure, McCarthy has a ton of playoff experience, as does Rodgers, so that has to help the Packers.
He might have pleaded ignorance for any number of reasons. Maybe he was angry and didn't want to say anything that would get him trouble. Maybe it was because the injuries were affecting his play but he didn't want to say that because of the secrecy teams want regarding injuries. I'd have to think he knew why. I'm not sure why he's been so inconsistent, that's one of the big surprises of the season. As you suggest, he has real ability -- he can run and he plays the ball well. Makes it hard to get why he also gets beaten a lot. I'm sure his injuries (groin, shoulder, knee) have something to do with it, but I doubt that explains everything because he was up and down before getting hurt too. Youth is part of it, some guys grow faster than others.
I suspect yeah, in pass protection. That's so important, and if he's deficient or doesn't know all the checks, then he could be a liability there. When he's in the game he usually gets the ball.
I suspect that's how it often will go when they're in man-to-man. I'd think they'll have to help Gunter on Bryant. The Hyde-Beasley matchup could be a big one. Don't know how much zone Capers will play.
I can't remember. I like that about McCarthy. When you have Aaron Rodgers, why would you want somebody else throwing the ball?
They might have something saved up. I'm guessing they do.
McCarthy basically said the same thing without your detail. Said he regretted the play call, said he had two plays to pick from and wished he'd have picked the other.
They've done that times in the past, put the No. 2 on the No. 1 and helped him all the time with a safety. The reason for doing it the other way, though, is that if you think your No. 1 CB can do the job against the No. 1 receiver, then you don't have to help him much, which frees up a safety. I can't think of any specific example off the top of my head, but I do remember them doing as you suggest, putting the No. 2 CB on the No. 1 WR and helping him. Or another way is not matching up, just covering the No. 1 WR with the CB on whichever side of the field he lines up,and helping with a safety accordingly. That way the CBs can stay on the side of the field where they practice most often.
It can be any of them, but I'm sure Daniels and Guion will be two of them. Lowry or Clark can be the third.
I don't have to make my pick until tomorrow morning, but as of now I'm leaning Cowboys. I'm just not sure the Packers can handle Elliott without conceding too much on pass defense.
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