29.10.18

JUST. DO. YOUR. JOB.

During the summer, Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers characterized some of his receivers' efforts in practice as "piss poor."

He probably wasn't happy with converted receiver Ty Montgomery, currently part of the running back rotation, and probably no longer returning kicks.
Rodgers fully expected return man Ty Montgomery to kneel down for a touchback, given that the running back had been instructed by his coaches to do just that. Instead, Montgomery caught the ball 2 yards deep and raced up the middle of the field, crossing the 20 before being met by the Rams Ramik Wilson. And then, a green-and-gold nightmare: Wilson's hard hit on Montgomery dislodged the football, which the L.A. linebacker would recover under a pile.
The Packers are currently treating the oopsie, which spoiled an otherwise good opportunity for a visiting team to pay out the Rams before another visiting team paid out the Dodgers (Manny Machado swinging at strike three to end the World Series, sweet schadenfreude) before a stadium full of noisy Packer fans. There were more than a few noisy Red Sox fans at the Dodgers' park, as well.  Just another reason to understand that contemporary California is not as inspirational as Beach Boys California.

We'll see what goes on in the Packer front office and locker rooms this week.
"Aaron was hot," one Packers coach said. "And he had a right to be. He yelled, 'Take a f------ knee!' He was very, very mad."

In the eyes of many of Rodgers' teammates, his ire was justifiable. According to more than a half-dozen Packers players and coaches who witnessed it, Montgomery had thrown a tantrum of his own on Green Bay's previous offensive series, becoming noticeably enraged on the sideline after being removed from the game. At least one player believed there was carryover from that incident to Montgomery's decision to disregard his coaches' instruction and return the kickoff.

"They took him out (the previous drive) for a play and he slammed his helmet and threw a fit," one Packers player said. "Then (before the kickoff) they told him to take a knee, and he ran it out anyway. You know what that was? That was him saying, 'I'm gonna do me.' It's a f------ joke.

"I mean, what the f--- are you doing? We've got Aaron Rodgers, the best I've ever seen, and you're gonna take that risk? I mean, it's '12'! All you gotta do is give him the ball, and you know what's gonna happen."
We'll be following developments.

Historically, the Packer Way has involved patience, but it's been eight seasons since the Packers' last title.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns today parted ways with a head coach who amassed a 3-36-1 record.  The three wins and a tie all came in this season.

SECOND SECTION.  From today's press conference summary.
Montgomery expressed dismay at the questioning of his character and team commitment. [Head coach Mike] McCarthy didn’t go down that road, stressing his belief through a quarter century of coaching in this league that players care more than anything “about not disappointing their teammate.”
Plus
“There’s a lot of things to build off of, but the situational awareness, execution, communication down the stretch there, that was our failure,” McCarthy said. “We need to be better.

“There was frustration, disappointment, anger, all that in the locker room, because it was a game we expected to win, and felt like we may have had an opportunity to. That’s where we are.”
Coming up on Sunday, a nationally televised game from Massachusetts.

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