Hey folks, Ryan Wood here. Big win for the Packers last night, and good news for them this morning. Davante Adams tweeted he's "feeling great" and out of the hospital after taking that nasty hit from Danny Trevathan. Let's get to your questions.
Was trying to think of one, and I really can't remember any. I'm sure I've seen similarly vicious hits, but more vicious? No, I can't say I have. I asked Jahri Evans the same question last night. Evans has seen more football than just about every player in the Packers locker room. He didn't say yes or no, only that it was a very bad hit. Clearly, one of the worst he's seen.
I have to think they are approaching that point. They seem to already be there with Quinten Rollins, who has seen his snaps completely evaporate. I'd be surprised if Randall isn't next. Boy, the top of that 2015 draft isn't looking good for the Packers.
The Packers would have to find someone who wants to trade for him first.
I don't think the Packers are at a point where they'll let Damarious Randall go ... yet. You know what else doesn't match his production? His talent level. With the exception of Kevin King, Damarious Randall is the Packers' most talented cornerback. He's athletic, decent ball skills. Physically, there's no reason for him to struggle. Just hasn't shown the right attitude and approach, and that can make all the difference at an unforgiving position like cornerback.
Great question about Danny Trevathan's intent. Really hard to answer. Even Packers players struggled answering it last night. Really, they could have lambasted Trevathan much more than they did, but there was a restraint that I didn't expect. That's probably because Trevathan isn't known as a dirty player throughout the league, but if you listened to Packers players, it was clear they felt his hit was intentional. As Jahri Evans told me, Trevathan hit exactly what he wanted to hit. Hearing from Trevathan after the game, he was genuinely contrite. He apologized publicly, and said he would apologize privately. He also defended himself, saying he isn't a dirty player and doesn't expect the hit to draw a suspension. It will definitely draw a fine, at the very least. Lastly, Jordy Nelson made a really interesting point on the Trevathan hit, something I did not expect. Nelson placed more blame on the officials for not calling the play dead, and that's a pretty good point. Adams and Adrian Amos were at a stalemate. The play was over. You can make a good case that it should have been whistled dead.
It placed him on IR, and he was seen earlier this week in a walking boot rolling through the locker room on a scooter. So, not good.
Fair point about the coaching. John Fox said the Bears staff was outcoached last night, and he was right. Mike McCarthy's game plan to roll Aaron Rodgers out of the pocket away from pressure to buy an extra second was spot on. Dom Capers played almost exclusively base defense, which might have been an obvious decision, but it certainly paid off. The Packers bottled up Jordan Howard and made Mike Glennon beat them, which he clearly couldn't. Maybe the most overlooked area of the game was how well the Packers defensive line played without Mike Daniels. With three linemen on the field, the Packers defensive front controlled the Bears offensive line. That was a big factor in the game.
Well, I wouldn't want to be Damarious Randall. I'd suspect there's also an internal fine in play, if not a suspension.
It would be great to. He was not in the locker room last night. Which, to be clear, is against NFL policy to not avail yourself to the media after games.
Who knows. I would have thought David Bakhtiari had a chance to play yesterday, but that was wrong. Certainly, 10 days rest doesn't hurt.
He's been reported to have a concussion, which is obvious to anyone who saw the hit. Doesn't sound like there are any other injuries. He had movement with feeling in all extremities, which was good. Really, a concussion was the best scenario the Packers could've hoped for with that hit.
There's always special teams. In all seriousness, I think it's still premature to permanently move on from him. But the Packers have to be approaching the precipice.
I can only speak for what I write, but I most certainly haven't dumped on him. Ty Montgomery hadn't done much in the run game the first three weeks, and it looked like he was on his way to his best rushing game of the season before breaking his ribs. But I've never written he was unproductive. In fact, Montgomery was on pace for 1,350 yards of offense entering last night. I also know other colleagues haven't dumped on him. So, maybe read better?
I wouldn't be that dramatic, but the point is a good one. These were the type of hits the NFL has said they want to eradicate. If they allow a hit like that without handing down a suspension, it would seem hypocritical.
Yeah. They really did. Especially Randall. Have to think it's between his ears more than physical talent.
The officiating crew had a challenge ahead of him. It was a rivalry game, and both teams played like it. The play was chippy. With that said, I think most could agree Danny Trevathan should have been ejected for his hit. Saw both Dean Blandino and Mike Pereira say the hit warranted an ejection. John Hussey dropped the ball there.
I talked with him after the game, although I'm not sure a 51-second conversation as I was chasing Sitton to the team bus is really talking. One of the few things he told me was he saw former teammates on the field, not before the game. When I asked about his return to Lambeau Field, he said "We got our (expletive) ass kicked." So there was that too.
I thought Aaron Jones showed some nice things last night as a runner, and Aaron Ripkowski can handle pass pro as well as occasional touches. Devante Mays might also see his role increase. Not sure Packers backfield is in trouble quite yet, but they can't have another injury.
He had a 26-yard catch on third down to start the game, so I'd say yes. He caught six of his 7 targets for 39 yards, including a pair of clutch third-down grabs. It was a nice bounce back for him after a couple rough weeks.
That would seem like a good bet.
I can't say I've noticed, but I appreciate someone in that position willing to call it like he sees it.
They're two competitive people with huge egos, which is required to reach their respective positions. Whenever you put two people like that together, there will be conflict. That doesn't mean it's unhealthy.