Packers Vs Bears - 3 Plays That Make You Go Hmmm

Jersey Al picks out three thought-provoking plays from the Packers' game against the Chicago Bears

After re-watching the Packers game, here are three plays that made me go hmmm, for various reasons.

 

Not So Savage:

I know this is fairly insignificant and probably nit-picking. But if you can get into to the ball carrier's body and push him with both hands, should you not use those arms to wrap up instead and make a tackle?

 

Blocking:

Despite lack of any real evidence, this has to be the Packers' best blocked play of the year, don't you think? Starting from the middle, Patrick, Runyan, Taylor and Jenkins all slant right and wall off their defenders. Deguara comes across the LOS and takes out the defensive end. Newman pulls and leads the play into the hole and takes out a linebacker. Big Dog comes over and takes out the other ILB. This was executed just as it was drawn up on the whiteboard. I can sense Lombardi nodding in appreciation wherever he is. A seal here and a seal here...

 

Phew!:

This should have been a disaster for the Packers, but it wasn't. Here's what happens. First you have a miscommunication or missed assignment between Amos and new Packer Rasul Douglas. Only two weeks with the team and thrown into emergency service because Yadom couldn't cover a dead man with a blanket, you have to expect there will be some initial hiccups. You would have to expect it's Douglas' fault, but it sure seems odd to me that Amos would leave his safety spot and circle around Douglas to pick up the wheel route. Seems like the harder way to cover these two receivers. Anyway, why doesn't Strawberry Fields see Robinson? The answer is Kenny Clark. Fields is forced to elude Clark and when he does he finally spots Robinson not to throw it. This could have been a disaster but thanks to Kenny Clark and never-say-die effort from Stokes, it wasn't. 

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"Jersey Al" Bracco is the Editor-In-Chief, part owner and wearer of many hats for CheeseheadTV.com and PackersTalk.com. He is also a recovering Mason Crosby truther.  Follow Al on twitter at @JerseyalGBP

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13TimeChamps's picture

October 19, 2021 at 03:24 pm

Not saying da bears would have done anything anyway, but Kenny Clark's two sacks during the same set of downs in the 4th quarter is the definition of "sealing the deal". Almost Reggie-esque.

No disrespect to the Minister of Defense! What a joy it was to watch him play!!

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CoachDino's picture

October 19, 2021 at 04:18 pm

Great Point. Transcendent players make big plays when you need them the most. Reggie was one of the few that just seemed to always come up huge when it was needed most. It's what makes Tom Brady the Goat, he might not be the best every moment of every game but dang it if he wasn't at his best when it mattered most. Showed that at Michigan. Even Favre could be in that category until he just started making too many mistakes in between.

Look at AR, who I have been critical of in the past this season, in this game. Missed some big plays, held on to the ball to long etc, early... He's only TD pass was a 1 yard shuttle pass. That said, in this game he came up big when it counted most. I'm a stats guy but stats alone don't tell the whole story.

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Swisch's picture

October 19, 2021 at 06:02 pm

I'm impressed with Rodgers in taking lesser passing stats -- at least as far as volume -- in order to execute a ball-control offense for the Packers that was so highly effective against the Bears.
That Rodgers can also hit the deep pass, as he did to Davante on the huge drive for the last touchdown, shows him as masterful in the long and short of it.
If Rodgers continues to refine his craftsmanship as a quarterback, I'd like a rematch with the Bucs in the playoffs, with an even greater Rodgers exasperating and exhausting their defense with a creative array of plays to a variety of runners and receivers, romping for big plays all over the field -- vertically, horizontally, and diagonally.

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

October 19, 2021 at 03:50 pm

13TimeChamps brings out a good comment on Kenny Clark. His play certainly stuck in my mind.

The play that I will remember is that punt from Bojorquez. We were in a precarious position, back on our own 20 and I was hoping for a good punt. That 80 yard bomb was the best punt I ever saw during a Packer game. The only thing that would have made it better is if I could have seen it in person rather than on TV.

I remember an old Packer punter named Don Chandler when I was a little kid and went to games with my dad and Chandler was one of the better punters in the league. He was also the place kicker for the Packers and I went to a playoff game against the Baltimore Colts in the 1960's with my brother and we were sitting on the home field side somewhere around the 25 yard line and Chandler had a short field goal to tie the game and the kick was called good by the referee, but it was so close. I remember it was a topic of discussion in the news. Nevertheless, Chandler was a solid punter and a decent place kicker for the Packers for a long time. Probably only the old timers here, like me, will remember him.

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wildbill's picture

October 19, 2021 at 04:07 pm

Think I read Chandler has our longest punt at 90 yards and yes I remember him. Our 6-7-1 record in 1968 was in some part cause he had retired and our placekicking sucked

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LeotisHarris's picture

October 19, 2021 at 10:00 pm

It was that miss (called good) by Chandler that led the NFL to add 10 feet to each extension on the goal posts and have two officials under the crossbar. Poor Jim Tunney called it as best he could, but he had to guess because the kick was so high. What a great memory for you and your brother!

Chandler was a running back for the Giants and Lombardi was his position coach while in NY. He had a 12 year NFL career, and in nine of those years was in a championship game with either the Packers or the Giants. Not too shabby.

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CheesyTex's picture

October 19, 2021 at 09:55 pm

Re Chandler's kick: I was sitting in the end zone not too far from the upright and thought it was no good. While living in Oklahoma, I was able to meet Chandler (lived in Broken Arrow) and his only comment was the refs called it good.

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Minniman's picture

October 19, 2021 at 04:31 pm

Props should go to Rashan Gary on that last play too - for good situational awareness to hustle back into a position to take a good line to the runner.

He could have easily made a b-line to fields from his original position - and been caught out of position and behind the play for it.

Instead he retreats back, sets the line (and edge) and keeps the play both in front and to the right of him (where his cover support was).

In the end Fields still jukes him, but because he had good positioning he still was able to get a piece of him.

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Swisch's picture

October 19, 2021 at 06:09 pm

Good analysis, Minniman.
Gary seemed excellently disciplined on that play, and he made a big contribution to the tackle.
Although Gary hasn't wowed us in any of the games this season as of yet, I'm wondering if he still might be playing at a high level.
Sometimes the stats don't tell the whole story, and a player may even go largely unnoticed in the viewing of a game while doing good work behind the scenes.

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Minniman's picture

October 19, 2021 at 06:18 pm

Thanks Swisch - CM3 - for all of his good plays - used to drive me nuts watching him take the "red rag to a bull approach" to broken play and being caught out of position. I think I'm now appreciating seeing "disciplined hustle".

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Swisch's picture

October 19, 2021 at 06:32 pm

I'm glad for other fans to point out things I missed during a game.
It's one of the fun things about visiting CheeseheadTV.
If Gary is in many cases sacrificing spectacular plays and gaudy stats to play disciplined team football, it would be great if he got some recognition for his selflessness.

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MarkinMadison's picture

October 19, 2021 at 05:12 pm

Ummm how do I get that film? The view of the receivers on the last play. I don't remember that being on TV.

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Leatherhead's picture

October 19, 2021 at 05:21 pm

Probably through Game Pass

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Tundraboy's picture

October 19, 2021 at 10:04 pm

Game pass had some terrible camera angles. I was wondering of it was a soldier field issue or the low budget crew.

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JerseyAl's picture

October 19, 2021 at 06:33 pm

It was on the TV broadcast.

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Leatherhead's picture

October 19, 2021 at 05:20 pm

On the Savage tackle, I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt that he was protecting an injury.

On the well blocked Dillon run, it was a good hole and when he juked the safety it went from being a good run to a chunk play.

On the busted coverage, that’s what happens when you’ve got replacements on the field. Truly it is written, it is better to be lucky than good.

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Minniman's picture

October 19, 2021 at 06:21 pm

"it is better to be lucky than good"

yeah, but I find that the more that I prepare, the "luckier" I get!

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PeteK's picture

October 19, 2021 at 06:01 pm

That shovel pass to Lazard was excellent. Plays like that are just football artistry because of the timing by many people involved. Luckily ,we have Patrick army knife, he doesn't look pretty but if you watch him he gets his body in there and does enough to block the opponent. There have many ugly plays(left side of O line in this game ) and many wonderful plays, but in the end we limped to the finish line with a win.

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Minniman's picture

October 19, 2021 at 06:29 pm

Someone, somewhere else noted that the artistry of that play was the league perception of Lazard as more of a blocking WR - which also gave him the space to operate behind Patrick..... as no-one of the D expected him to get the ball.

Apparently credit for the play design goes to Stenavich - the D-line coach........ this dude needs to be locked up tight by the Packers for the foreseeable future.........he's a keeper!

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

October 19, 2021 at 11:08 pm

Adam Stenavich is not a D line coach. He is the O line coach cum Run Game Coordinator.

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Minniman's picture

October 19, 2021 at 11:21 pm

Thanks PewAuKeeFan, I meant O instead of D, thanks for the proof pickup.

Either way, he's a keeper!

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

October 20, 2021 at 06:48 am

He's only 38. The run game coordinator is a nice title, but he's going to want a better title and better pay (not that I know what he is making).

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LambeauPlain's picture

October 20, 2021 at 11:58 am

I see Steno as a candidate for OC as he is no longer a secret around the NFL. If Hackett should get a HC job, Matt needs to promote Adam to Packers OC immediately and promote Butkus to OL coach.

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jlc1's picture

October 20, 2021 at 11:54 am

That is true. The O line coaching looks to be as good as it gets this year. Lock him up for sure.

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splitpea1's picture

October 19, 2021 at 06:15 pm

Play 2: My favorite of the game; executed perfectly by everyone involved. Nice cutback from Dillon, safety left in the dust, and a gain of 36 yards....The long fourth quarter pass play to Adams was also a thing of beauty.

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Swisch's picture

October 19, 2021 at 06:28 pm

It seems Dillon actually goes untouched until his surprisingly quick and agile juke of the safety, and the safety barely gets a hand on him. Then Dillon goes untouched for another stretch until he's tackled after a gain of 36 yards.
How amazing were Dillon on this play, and Clark on the two late sacks, as far as extremely big men making incredibly athletic plays!

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

October 20, 2021 at 09:58 am

Those were definitely highlight plays by 2 big men!

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Since'61's picture

October 19, 2021 at 07:54 pm

The run play by Dillon was excellent execution and good film study during the game planning sessions during week.
Good timing on that play call. Also I noticed that Adams was blocking all the way down field walking off a DB.

There was some mention of Gary’s hustle. I pointed out on another thread that he has not accumulated many sacks yet this season however he is getting pressure on the QB on nearly every pass play. He is harassing the QB throughout the games and is having an impact as he did on the 3rd play noted by Al.

Good job Al. GPG! Thanks, Since ‘61

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Tundraboy's picture

October 19, 2021 at 10:08 pm

On a play with so much to watch, seeing Davante busting down the field looking to hit someone certainly caught my attention.

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jont's picture

October 19, 2021 at 08:45 pm

On the nix up between Amos and Douglas, it looks to me that Amos thought it was man-to-man coverage while everyone else was playing zone.

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LambeauPlain's picture

October 20, 2021 at 12:03 pm

Correct. Reviewing the play I think you have it. It seems Amos vacated the zone where Robinson was running his route.

Eric the Red can fly! Seeing him catch up to a wide open Robinson from the Left CB position was impressive.

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Starrbrite's picture

October 20, 2021 at 12:14 am

…I for one, continue to be less than impressed with R.Gary. I know my comment will likely impose many “thumbs down”; so be it!

IMO, the high praise he receives each week is to date, mostly unwarranted. I applaud his athletic ability and effort, but at some point those skills and his high draft position need to translate into tackles, sacks, fumble recoveries, and game-changing plays; Lawrence Taylor type qualities.

What I see rather is, AJ Hawk: steady; tireless effort, accountable; etc. Those certainly are good characteristics, but I’m expecting more.

Maybe my expectations are too high?

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jont's picture

October 20, 2021 at 09:41 am

I can see how one could think this; we didn't hear his name called very often in the Bears' game. No splash plays, no big sacks... by the third quarter I was wondering where he was.
I was also wondering where Preston was (hurt in teh 1st qtr) and "wait, did I just hear Jaylon's name?!" And in the secondary it was like 'who are these guys?'
Put it all together, and I figure the Bears were going away from Gary's side, double-teaming him, and going at the D's weakspots.
I have very high expectations about Gary having heard all the praise these past couple years, and I think it might be that he's out there 'alone' so to break through with an LT-type play he has do something truly special.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

October 20, 2021 at 10:09 am

Starrbrite,
I do not think your expectations are too high for Gary. Your comparison to Hawk is sound!

However, a player has no control over where they were drafted, or by which team. The only thing they can do is prepare the best they can, and work tirelessly to be the best they can be. I give Gary credit for all his preparation and effort. I believe Zadarious absence is negatively impacting Gary, however it will make Gary better in the long run. As much as I'd love to see the Packers draft a sexy game buster WR in round one next year they desperately need help on the defensive side of the ball. Another talented DL, or LB no doubt will help everyone around them like Gary. With so many unknowns surrounding the Packers next year (Adam's and Rodgers) maybe there are multiple players and draft choices coming? Definitely going to be the most interesting off-season us Packer fans have seen in many years.

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Leatherhead's picture

October 20, 2021 at 10:51 am

We’ve won 5 in a row. 4 opponents scored 17, 17, 22, and 14, so somebody is doing something. Alexander, King, Savage, and Z missing time with injuries.

I’m gonna propose a wild theory: Gary and the rest are getting things done.

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LambeauPlain's picture

October 20, 2021 at 12:17 pm

Gary = AJ Hawk? LOL!

Gary spends most of his snaps in the opponents backfield. Hawk was usually 10-15 yards down the field chasing the ball carrier or receivers he was covering making the catch. Hawk was a timid tackler....Gary is not.

Sacks are the stat sheet gold stars, but pressures and hurries are key performance measures too. Take time and watch Gary. He MOVES opponents....most of them larger than him...and disrupts the passer and his passing lanes. The passing stats for QBs under pressure are horrible. Gary...with Clark, P. Smith and surprisingly Lowry, are destroying clean QB pockets.

Gary developed slowly but this year I am seeing consistency and a difference maker.

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Minniman's picture

October 20, 2021 at 01:53 pm

Agree - with the recent changes to QB protection rules, sacks are becoming a less reliable indicator of overall performance and effect on game for OLB’s and DE’s. Likewise, the proliferation of the mobile QB and pass catching RB plays means that containment and pressure is key.

2 weeks in a row the Packers have said to young opposing QB’s - “if you want to beat us, you’ll have to do it in the air…. And with throws under pressure”. Twice they’ve won.

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calabasa's picture

October 20, 2021 at 12:53 am

“Couldn’t cover a dead man with a blanket.”

Sublime. Thank you.

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LambeauPlain's picture

October 20, 2021 at 12:21 pm

Douglas was a huge upgrade after Yiadom was benched.

Yiadom is not an NFL corner as witnessed by his ample body of work with several teams. Teams know he doesn't defend well and they target him with great success. He doesn't track the ball well and makes no plays on the ball except for PI's.

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