Packers Snap Counts Versus the LA Rams - Divisional Playoff Game

It is time to look at playoff snap counts!  The Packers did tighten up their rotations a bit.

It is time to look at playoff snap counts!  The Packers did tighten up their rotations a bit.  The Packers elevated DT Brian Price and CB KeiVarae Russell from the practice squad.  They also signed Bronson Kaufusi, a former third round pick as a defensive end, to a futures contract, though the Packers described him as a tight end. 

Inactive Players Love, Garvin, Jackson, Hollman, Sternberger, and Keke.   
Active - DNP Boyle

Josh Jackson and Garvin have been healthy scratches for a quite a while now.  Keke was out with a concussion, and it appears that Sternberger had a setback from his concussion.  At one point the Packers removed Sternberger from the injury list, but he has remained inactive.     

 

Name Snaps % ST
Jenkins 75 100 5 - 22%
Turner 75 100  
Wagner 75 100  
Linsley 75 100  
Patrick 75 100 5 - 22%
Nijman     5 - 22%
Runyan     5 - 22%
Braden     5 - 22%
       
Rodgers 75 100  
Boyle DNP    
       
Adams 62 83  
Lazard 54 72  
MVS 36 48  
St. Brown 32 43  
Austin 1 1 4 - 17%
Taylor     14 - 61%
       
Tonyan 48 64 5 -22%
Lewis 38 51  
Daffney 20 27 14 - 61
       
Jones 47 63  
J. Williams 28 37 6 - 26%
Dillon 9 12 6 - 26%
       
22 played Off.      

The Packers' five starting offensive linemen played every snap.  The offensive line kept Aaron Rodgers exceptionally clean, even for this offensive line.  Rodgers was not sacked and was only hit once.  The Packers immediately showed that they could run the ball on the Rams.  The holes were not always large, but they were there.  I write that because I think the Packers' three running backs all ran really hard in this game and all three got some yards through elusiveness and/or power.  That said, the Packers consistently got positive yards on their rushing attempts as the Rams had just one tackle for loss.  Jamaal Williams (7 carries for 34 yards) and A.J. Dillon (3 carries for 17 yards) were more efficient in the first half than Aaron Jones, who finished the half with 22 yards on 7 carries.  The Packers rushed 18 times for 74 yards and a touchdown, good for a 4.1 yards average in the first half.  The Packers rushed another 18 times in the second half for 114 yards, including Aaron Jones' 60-yard gasher.  The Packers finished the game with 36 carries for 188 yards, a 5.2 yard average and 2 touchdowns.  

Aaron Rodgers completed 23 passes on 36 attempts for 296 yards and 2 TDs, with a solid 8.22 yards per attempt average.  Rodgers was not at his finest - he threw a few passes too high, one out of bounds to a wide open Valdes-Scantling, and one or two that could have been intercepted - but his performance was still good for a 108.1 passer rating.  It could have been better but for a couple of drops on what looked like possible touchdown passes, one each by Allen Lazard and Valdes-Scantling. 

The match-up between Davante Adams and Jalen Ramsey received a lot of pregame hype.  Ramsey apparently did a reasonable job, as Adams had 66 yards on 10 targets.  However, Adams was very efficient, catching 9 of 10 targets.  Moreover, three were for first downs, a fourth reception was for a touchdown, another was a 12-yard reception on 2nd and 14, setting up a manageable 3rd down which the Packers converted.  Adams had two receptions on 1st and 10 plays for 7 and 8 yards, and an important 21-yard completion near the end of the first half that helped set up a late field goal (with some help from Big Bob Tonyan).  The touchdown pass was fun to watch.  Adams motioned from right to left with Ramsey following him, presumably in man coverage, and then Adams reversed his direction and motioned back to the right.  Ramsey tried to follow but a Rams' linebacker was in his way, making Ramsey run deep into the end zone around the linebacker, setting up a natural rub.  Rodgers got the ball out quickly to Adams for an easy touchdown.  According to Pro Football Focus, Ramsey lined up opposite Adams three times and gave up 27 yards.  Presumably that included the 1-yard touchdown, meaning the other two times resulted in allowing 26 yards in total.

With Adams having a good though perhaps not a dominant game, the other wide receivers stepped up.  Allen Lazard led the Packers with 96 receiving yards on 4 receptions, including a 58-yard touchdown reception to push the Packers' lead to 32-18 with 7:43 left in the game.  Valdes-Scantling caught 4 passes for 33 yards, but Valdes-Scantling caught a couple of them short of the sticks and worked to still pick up first downs.  The Packers would love to see Valdes-Scantling become more than just a deep threat, valuable as that is.  St. Brown chipped in with a 27-yard reception in the first quarter that set up a short field goal, and the Packers felt comfortable playing him for 32 snaps for the game.  Tonyan caught 4 passes on 4 targets for 60 yards, including an important 33-yarder late in the second half.  The Rams had just scored to make it 16-10 with 29 seconds left in the second quarter.  Rodgers completed a pass to Adams for 21 yards and then the 33-yarder to Tonyan to set up a field goal and push the margin to two scores.  It helped having two timeouts.  

The Packers played 2.47 WRs, 1.41 TEs, and 1.12 RBs per play, on average.  Those are all fairly normal, though the Packers had been around 2.6 wide receivers per play for the last few games.  The Packers' TOP was 36:12 for the game and they ran 75 plays.  The Rams held the ball for 23:48 and ran 53 plays. 

  

Name Snaps % STs
Savage 53 100  
Amos 53 100 2 - 9%
Alexander 53 100  
King 53 100  
Sullivan 49 92 2 - 9%
Redmond 18 34 17 - 74%
Black     18 - 78%
Scott     14 - 61%
Russell     11 - 48%
       
Barnes 48 91  
Z. Smith 45 85  
P. Smith 41 77  
Gary 33 62 2 - 9%
Kirksey 14 26 2 - 9%
Martin 4 8 16 - 70%
Burks     18 - 78%
Summers     18 - 78%
Ramsey     16 - 70%
       
Lowry 47 89 7 - 30%
Clark 46 87  
Lancaster 20 38 7 - 30%
Harrison 3 6 2 - 9%
Price 3 6 2 - 9%
       
23 played Def.      

The Rams rushed for 96 yards on 19 carries, a 5.1 average, but the long was just 13 yards.  Goff played through his injury, completing 21 of 27 attempts but for just 174 yards, a 6.44 yards per attempt average, and one touchdown.  That was the story of the game: the Packers limited the Rams, and then got off the field by doing a great job on third and fourth downs.  The Rams converted just 2 of 8 third downs and zero of one on fourth down attempts.  Akers ran for a quiet 90 yards and a 5.0 average.  The Rams' receivers averaged just 8.3 yards per reception. 

The Packers got particularly strong games from Jaire Alexander, Rashan Gary (3 QB hits, 1.5 sacks, 3 tackles, including one for loss), and Kenny Clark (2 QB hits, 1.5 sacks, 3 tackles including one for loss).  Zadarius Smith provided one sack and some pressures, including a time late when he forced Goff to run forward where Gary and Clark pounced on him, and Preston Smith batted down two passes.  Alexander looked great: he is really good against wide receiver screens.  In this game, Alexander came up fast and tackled the receiver for a 4-yard loss.  The tackling was genrally good and the defenders, despite playing softer than fans like, came up quickly to limit gains.

Krys Barnes led the Packers with 10 tackles (7 solo) and he had one pass defensed.  Barnes left the game with a thumb injury, but returned wearing a club and managed to play 48 of 53 possible snaps.  There was one play where I thought Barnes might have made the tackle before the runner reached the goal line but for the club.  Barnes would have had a much better chance of intercepting a pass instead of just breaking it up if he had had the benefit of having fingers available.

 The Packers played 2.25 true defensive linemen per play, a fairly high number for them.  However, Dean Lowry was the primary beneficiary.  He led all defensive linemen with 47 snaps and rewarded the Packers with 2 tackles (1 solo).  He did seem more active than usual.  Snacks Harrison and Brian Price got just 3 snaps each.  The Packers played 1.25 ILBs (a low number), 2.25 OLBs, and 5.25 DBs on average per play.  None of those numbers are unusual over the course of the entire season.  I expected the number for OLBs to be greater since it seemed to me that Preston Smith, Zardarius Smith and Gary were on the field together quite a bit.  Usually, the Packers give some snaps to Ramsey and to other OLBs, but not in this game, so I think that gave the illusion of more OLBs being played than normal.                     

Name Snaps % ST
Crosby     11 - 48%
Bradley     7 - 30%
Scott     7 - 30%

The special teams units are not good, or even acceptable, but at least they did not have a turnover.  Hunter Bradley needs to be replaced after yet another poor snap which cost the team points.  Scott punted twice for a lackluster 39 yard average with one inside the twenty.  His pass to Crosby resulted in Crosby taking a shot to the shoulder.  Tavon Austin returned two punts for 17 yards and also had a fair catch.  Crosby kicked off 6 times with 2 touchbacks.  4 were returned for 96 yards (24 yard average), with a long of 38.  Black had three tackles on special teams, one solo. 

* All statistics per nflgsis.

 

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murf7777's picture

January 17, 2021 at 08:10 am

Thanks TGR.....just watching sports center and #2 of their top 10 sports play was Rodgers on the 5 yard line or so, rolled right after being rushed, faked a pass to get Leonard Floyd to jump, then he scampered 5 yards to the pylon just beating the defender by inches for a TD.....Even at 37 years old.....Awesome

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Guam's picture

January 17, 2021 at 08:14 am

Disappointed that Keke and Sternberger both continue to have concussion issues as they have been out awhile now. Brain injuries are so unpredictable and dangerous. It would be great if both are able to return for the last two games, but their safety comes first.

I was surprised that Lowery got so many snaps, but he has been playing better of late. With Keke out I thought we would see more of Harrison and Price, but Lowery and Clarke were warriors. And where would the Packer defense be without Kris Barnes? What an incredible UDFA signing by Gute. The only snaps he missed were while he was out getting a club cast on his hand. He is our future at ILB,

Great win by the Packers, on both sides of the ball.

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Coldworld's picture

January 17, 2021 at 09:22 am

I did not like the heavy use of Lowry and the light use of Harrison and even Price. Our D was really conservative and we made it too easy for Goff and Akers. Our best D for the middle 2 quarters was our offense. Only in the 4th was Pettine forced to go more aggressive. That sealed the game. I think we lose sight of that fact at our peril.

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Guam's picture

January 17, 2021 at 09:48 am

Agreed CW. The Packer D seemed more effective when playing 3 DL. When Pettine went to 2 DL and occasional 3 man rushes, the Ram offense functioned better. Pettine has now seen a number of examples (Tennessee, 2nd Chicago, LA) where the standard Packer 3-4-4 (or 3-3 5) defense has performed very well. Just not sure why he continues to persist with his version of a prevent defense when the outcome is still in play.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 17, 2021 at 12:47 pm

Maybe he sees the light, but I doubt it. He showed the two Down linemen and I had close my eyes. It could have been the lack of rotation depth.

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Guam's picture

January 17, 2021 at 12:54 pm

With Keke missing I suspect that was part of it, but he only used Harrison and Price for a total of six snaps. They certainly could have played more than that.

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HankScorpio's picture

January 17, 2021 at 01:07 pm

I think the tempo the Rams were using was designed to limit sub packages by the Packers. I'm a big fan of using all your DL in a rotation to keep them fresh. And I'm certainly not the president of the Mike Pettine fan club. But I cannot criticize him over DL snap count yesterday.

I do want to see more of Harrison in the next two games. And I'm counting on two more, not one. :)

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Stroh's picture

January 17, 2021 at 08:10 pm

No need to play Snacks or Price. Both are run staffers and the Rams running game was not a factor in the game.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

January 17, 2021 at 12:51 pm

I don’t see how the D made it too easy, given they limited explosive plays, had 4 sacks, 2 batted passes, and held them to 175 yards passing, 244 yards and 18 points. To do that against a playoff team is exactly what is needed. This resilient Rams team put up 30 points vs SEA last week. In today’s NFL, teams are going to score. The one Rams possession that was tough to watch was when GB was up by 2 scores. But then they tightened down and the pass rush got home. And their tackling doesn’t even resemble the awful mess from earlier this season.

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Coldworld's picture

January 17, 2021 at 03:28 pm

The Rams drives that were successful featured light lines and limited rushers. Far from preventing plays, the Rams moved the ball rapidly despite the extra backfield defender. Only when we went with a heavier line and more rushing did we shut the game down.

Nearly 500 yards and time of possession and it was still close till late without a turnover. That speaks volumes. Pettine is allowing teams to hang in there when he doesn’t have to.

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Stroh's picture

January 17, 2021 at 08:13 pm

Your full of it. The game was never in doubt, even when it became a one score game briefly.

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Grandfathered's picture

January 17, 2021 at 06:54 pm

Hi, Thanks for the research TGR. I'm wondering why you say that Sternberger had a setback in his concussion, and now Guam mentions concussions as well. I don't think it works like that. If a person has a concussion, and they improve at their own rate, usually set against a personal baseline. Failing to improve quickly is not a setback , which is falling back after showing improvement.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

January 18, 2021 at 01:11 am

Understood, and you're right. For some reason I didn't think Sternberger could be a healthy scratch but that's what the evidence suggests. Does anyone have a quote from the coaches on that?

Sternberger was removed from the injury list, suggesting that he was ready to play. That is, he was listed as a full participant and given no injury designation such as out, doubtful, or questionable. If I understand it correctly, that should mean he is out of the concussion protocol. Yet he remains inactive.

Maybe I just didn't want to believe Jace is a healthy scratch two weeks in a row. It suggests that the Packers think Patrick Taylor, Black, Scott, Russell, Burks, Summers, Ramsey, Harrison and Price all have more value than Jace, at least for the game against the Rams.

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flackcatcher's picture

January 18, 2021 at 12:19 pm

The Packers under McCarthy became fairly careful with concussions after Rodgers back to back 2009? That has continued under Gute and MLF/Pettine. From personal experience, recovering may take some time depending on how hard the Brain was shaking up. While small, there is a possibility Jace could have his football career end with another hit if he is on the field too soon. And as an organization the Packer's medical staff is very careful with player health. (And of course he could be activated next week giving how thin the Packers are at TE/F-Back)

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murf7777's picture

January 17, 2021 at 08:29 am

I thought Snacks was going to have a bigger role. Whatever the reason who cares because the D played great and held them to 244 yards and 18 points. D will have a tougher test next week thou.

Pettine deserves credit for designing a great game plan against the Rams.

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Bearmeat's picture

January 17, 2021 at 12:46 pm

Disagree. He refused to step on the Rams throat in the middle 2 quarters when he could have. Goff couldn't throw down field well. It was clear as day. So WHY the soft zones and WHY so much Lowry?

Fire Mennenga and Pettine. Still happy we won.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

January 17, 2021 at 12:58 pm

The Rams had one decent drive in the second half. I thought the D did their jobs very well overall. That RB put up 130 yards on the Seahawks last week and GB did not let him take over the game. We have zero idea of how guys looked in practice all week and how that affects number of snaps. I would love for Harrison to help GB out, but maybe there’s a reason SEA released him. We can’t know.

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Stroh's picture

January 17, 2021 at 08:17 pm

Snacks was never needed. He's a role player who helps stop the run. The Rams running game was a non-factor all game. Why play him? Its not just to make fans happy. He wasn't needed!

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 17, 2021 at 10:48 am

Hopefully the Special Teams does not make a huge mistake this post season. They are unbelievably dysfunctional. There were bad decisions by Scott, Austin and Taylor that are all inexcusable. I hate blaming coaches for player misjudgements, but at some point it's has to become clear, this offseason that staff needs to change. Some HC will get canned and a good ST Coordinator will be available. BG better fix his el cheapo mistake.

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Coldworld's picture

January 17, 2021 at 09:26 am

If we win out, it will be despite our ST (other than Crosby). Consistent inadequacy over the season in all areas of ST is not acceptable. Whether we win out or not we need a new ST coordinator.

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Guam's picture

January 17, 2021 at 09:51 am

I thought it was Russ Ball that attempted to short change the good special teams coach? Is my memory malfunctioning again?

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Minniman's picture

January 17, 2021 at 10:41 am

You may be right there Guam (it has been mentioned on here a few times).

One thing for sure - their O-Line coach is showing the benefit of shopping for value over price - that unit is overachieving by a large margin.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 17, 2021 at 10:47 am

I doubt Russ Ball has the ultimate say. He's mostly an adviser. A very very good adviser.

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Guam's picture

January 17, 2021 at 10:57 am

But he is also the money guy. I suspect salaries are his bailiwick. Gute picks the players and coaches, but Ball negotiates the contracts.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 17, 2021 at 12:49 pm

Ball's a tire-kicker.

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Johnblood27's picture

January 17, 2021 at 01:39 pm

Good thing his name is not tire...

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Coldworld's picture

January 17, 2021 at 03:30 pm

LaFleur picks the coaches

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Leatherhead's picture

January 17, 2021 at 12:57 pm

Ball’s job is to know the value of players relative to comparable players in the league and to negotiate contracts based on that.

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fansince1959's picture

January 17, 2021 at 01:23 pm

The buck stops w/Murphy

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Stroh's picture

January 17, 2021 at 08:25 pm

When it comes to assistant coaches the buck stops with Lafleur and no one else. The ST coach he wanted chose NO for family reasons, nothing more.

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Stroh's picture

January 17, 2021 at 08:22 pm

The ST coach Lafleur wanted has a family in Florida he wanted to be close to. He chose NO for that reason.

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Leatherhead's picture

January 17, 2021 at 12:24 pm

No, they are not unbelievably dysfunctional. The field goal unit was perfect this season. Our kick coverage unit didn’t allow a return. Yesterday, the Rams started inside their 25 after several kickoffs. Nobody converted an onside kick , or fake punt, against us.

Our punt coverage unit was bad. Our punt return team lost one fumble, but took very few penalties on account of we used the fair catch most of the time. We shouldn’t return punts, ever.

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MarkinMadison's picture

January 17, 2021 at 08:35 am

Surprised at how little Harrison played.

WRs not named Davante Adams caught 50% of the balls thrown their way. Each and every one of them. I know it is not all on them, but some of it was - they need to do better. NO and TB both have good defenses, and much better offenses than the Rams.

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Coldworld's picture

January 17, 2021 at 09:30 am

Despite TGR’s comment, I think there really was only one notable drop (Lazard on the first long ball). Some credit has to go to the Rams for coverage with a number knocked away and some is due to Rodgers pushing balls at the end of the first half. One drop by Jones on a near lateral was probably a good thing.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

January 17, 2021 at 04:18 pm

Yes, I agree upon reflection. Just one drop. I liked what I saw from MVS.

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Stroh's picture

January 17, 2021 at 08:29 pm

Why is everyone surprised Snacks barely played? He's a role player against the run only. The Rams running game was never a factor! This is soo simple. His role wasn't needed,, hence he wasn't needed!

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Lphill's picture

January 17, 2021 at 08:43 am

Snacks Harrison 3 snaps is surprising , JK Scott should have been replaced during the season , as far as Hunter Bradley I believe he grades out as one of the top long snappers in the leauge , special teams played a small role in this game and still came up small .

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barutanseijin's picture

January 17, 2021 at 09:14 am

Tops in the league in unpredictable placement maybe. His snaps have been all over the place.

You expect more from an LS who gets drafted.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 17, 2021 at 12:53 pm

He made the Pro bowl , so he's doing something right. Scott still has to field the ball and place it faster. Don't be a hero, just fall on the ball, Crosby could have been injured....

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NitschkeFan's picture

January 17, 2021 at 10:16 am

I would be surprised if Bradley is well ranked. I think he's had numerous snaps that were off target this year.

I was thinking we need to replace Bradley in the off-season until I watched the Ravens long-snapper (maybe it was due to the windy day) who constantly made bad snaps in the evening game. He got his QB injured due to another crappy snap.

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Minniman's picture

January 17, 2021 at 10:46 am

The wind was a factor in that game - look at how many FG's and PAT's missed.

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HankScorpio's picture

January 17, 2021 at 09:02 am

10 guys played double digit snaps on STs. 8 of them are listed as defense, 2 are listed as offense. That seems rather striking to me. We've all seen it written that backups need to be good on STs. So why the defensive half of the pool of backup players skewing so heavily as the core ST players? Not a single ST rep from Lazard, MVS or ESB. Dillon and Williams only got 6 reps each. Can they not do it or are they not asked?

I hope some analytics guys is in the ear of Gute, ML and everyone else asking that question as they go through the offseason. Something has got to give on STs. It hasn't cost them a game yet. But it is an absolute trainwreck that could at any time. And it's been that way to varying degrees for as long as I can remember.

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Coldworld's picture

January 17, 2021 at 09:36 am

I don’t see the issue. Austin and Dafney on O and several of the D are clearly there in part for ST. The body type mix seems pretty standard, just think our full time ST specialists and younger players seem to be D at this point. The problem is not the player type as I see it but how whomsoever we send out perform as a group.

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HankScorpio's picture

January 17, 2021 at 11:40 am

Don't sell yourself short. You do see the issue. You wrote "The problem is ... how whomsoever we send out perform as a group."

That's the issue

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 17, 2021 at 12:59 pm

Surprised Williams was not returning the kick offs. Austin is just a guy or worse. The speed/slot WR has to be procured for the Punt returner job. It is really a joke Packertown cannot figure out how to bring these guys onboard.

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Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

January 17, 2021 at 09:37 am

Here is a wild ass guess on that one Hank. I kind of feel like kick off and punt return special teams really more on defensive personnel while field goals and kick off returns are populated more by offensive personnel. If this were true, scoring more (which we did) and causing more punts (which we also did) could skew the numbers. I have no idea if this is true. It would be easy to check but I’m not interested enough. Just want the players on the field to make better plays on ST.

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HankScorpio's picture

January 17, 2021 at 11:34 am

I tend to believe that STs play is nearly all attitude and very little to do with the side of the ball in traditional offense vs defense situations. That's another wild guess on my part.

I just know the roster is roughly 50/50 split between offense and defense while core ST is 20/80 split. I also know that the two Pro Bowl STers for this season are listed as WR and FB on their respective rosters. So other teams are figuring out how to get valuable ST contributions from that side of the roster.

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Leatherhead's picture

January 17, 2021 at 12:27 pm

If you take the time to check, pretty much every team uses more defensive players on special teams.

It’s not a train wreck.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

January 17, 2021 at 04:28 pm

I believe without really knowing that you're correct. STs happen mostly in space, and that means the ability to react, change direction, are important. Lots of TEs, FBs, LBs, and safeties on STs.

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Stroh's picture

January 17, 2021 at 08:31 pm

Exactly!

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mnbadger's picture

January 17, 2021 at 09:07 am

JKScott's pass to Crosby is inexcusable and could have cost Crosby the rest of his career. Fall on the ball. You are not Johnny Unitas and the kicker isn't Jerry Rice. His head is not in the game. his positive attribute was supposed to be his strong leg but his total lack of football awareness far outweighs the occasional good punt he has. Bring him to camp next year with multiple others, hopefully a competent veteran. GPG

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January 17, 2021 at 09:16 am

Hunter Bradley makes a crappy snap and you're using that to push JK Scott off the team? It was a fire drill play. Scott was trying to make something happen. It's very excusable, IMO.

I don't disagree that Scott needs to get a legit camp challenge next year but that play has nothing to do with thinking that.

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Coldworld's picture

January 17, 2021 at 09:40 am

I wonder what they are coached to do in that situation. It’s a bit difficult to assign responsibility without knowing. If there isn’t a protocol coached then that’s on the coaching staff. Crosby seemed to be complaining that he was drilled more than anything.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 17, 2021 at 10:58 am

I know there’s one snap by Price we wish we had back. Why Price played at all instead of just Harrison was odd.

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January 17, 2021 at 03:37 pm

Knowing the scheme more likely than not.

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Since'61's picture

January 17, 2021 at 11:06 am

Good to see that Gary’s percentage of total snaps is increasing. He is making more and more of impact each time he plays.

Hunter Bradley also had a low snap to Scott on one of his punts. Scott was still able to make a decent punt out of it.

Bradley has one job to do which is to snap the ball accurately on punts and place kicks. What else does he do at practice all week? I remember very well when the Center snapped for every play including place kicks and punts. There was no such position as a Long Snapper.

In fairness to Bradley his name does not come up that often which is good. But every play gets magnified during the playoffs. I don’t know if it’s coaching or the player or both but we need to get it right. Thanks, Since ‘61

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January 17, 2021 at 01:06 pm

Thank Gettleman for taking Jones at the six pick instead of selecting Gary as projected by most astute draft analysts. Another stroke of good luck for the Pack. Could have been a mis-grip on the ball or his footing shifted at snap?

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January 17, 2021 at 04:39 pm

I remember a story a few years ago by one of the media writers in which they said GB wanted more mobility and better coverage ability out of their long snapper. I'd settle for rock-solid snaps, but what do I know; I suppose it is all part and parcel of being a long snapper.

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January 17, 2021 at 08:36 pm

That was the issue with the previous long snapper. He didn't help in coverage because he was like 40 yes old and couldn't run. IIRC he retired which necessitated getting a new long snapper.

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January 17, 2021 at 12:53 pm

Since people are tripping over each other over the missed extra point, I thought I’d interject some facts.

1338 extra points were attempted this season, 1244 were made. That’s a success rate of 89%, or a failure rate of 11%. So how many extra point misses should we have on 66 TDs?

Two point conversions succeeded at a 48% rate, which is equivalent to a 96% rate on extra points.

So my question is....why doesn’t the league’s best offense go for two?

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January 17, 2021 at 01:07 pm

The play call to A. Jones for example.

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January 17, 2021 at 04:45 pm

Suggesting that Hunter Bradley be replaced, as the author does, seems pretty drastic at this point. Do you really want to replace your long snapper during the playoffs? Is Bradley THAT bad? He's been here a couple years, and I don't remember that many bad snaps. The one yesterday was the only one I remember from him that was completely terrible.

Disappointing that Tavon Austin only played one snap on offense. I was hoping he would replace Tyler Ervin. For whatever reason, that hasn't happened at all. Maybe they just don't feel comfortable working him in so late in the season. The ball handling can be tricky on those jet sweep plays.

Here's a question: Why don't they have MVS or EQ return kickoffs? Could they possibly be any worse than Malik Taylor? Taylor has no juice at all. And MVS and EQ have limited responsibilities on offense anyway. MVS in particular seems like a natural fit as a kickoff returner.

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January 17, 2021 at 04:51 pm

No, don't replace Hunter Bradley this year. But he needs competition next year, real competition. That still means a UDFA, most likely, so it will be hard to judge whether the Packers brought in real competition for 2021.

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January 17, 2021 at 04:47 pm

I chose to use a photo of Lowry because he led DL in snaps for the first time this season, IIRC. Of course, Keke and M. Adams were both unavailable, so he is the only DE that's available. Other candidates for the photo included St. Brown and Daffney, the latter mostly just because GB seems very comfortable with Dafney more than his snaps going up.

I will be curious to see if Lowry and Keke go back to splitting snaps (more or less) or if Harrison or Price can force their way into the lineup. Obviously, the opponent might make a difference as well, and LAR did go up-tempo to prevent substitutions for a while. Also wondering if the OLBs will be limited to the big three moving forward.

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