Besides the six turnovers forced in the game, there were a couple of hilarious and under-the-radar moments from the Packers’ beatdown of the Seahawks that deserve some attention. Two of them revolve around Green Bay’s first touchdown - Aaron Rodgers’ 66-yard bomb to Davante Adams.
First up I must disclose fully that I got to a friend’s house to watch the game a few minutes late, and I missed the first drive. (Along with anyone else watching on TV when FOX failed to turn away from the Dolphins’ win in the rain over the Cardinals.) However, while listening to the game on a national radio broadcast, the play-by-play announcer blew my mind when calling the play. He actually said that it was Geronimo Allison - not Adams - who made the reception. This was stunning and hilarious to me on a number of levels, but most significantly because it would have meant that Mike McCarthy put Allison on the field on a third-and-two on the first drive of the game. After the play, the commentator identified Adams accurately but moved on as if he had never even mentioned Allison in the first place.
The second hilarious item about that play is that after Adams crosses the goal line and runs toward the middle of the end zone, he flips the football back behind him. On replays, you can clearly see that the football hits Seahawks safety Steven Terrell in the face. Talk about adding insult to injury!
The last item I want to mention was Christian Ringo’s hilarious play late in the game. We all remember Kyler Fackrell’s “worst rep ever” from the Washington game - he ran onto the field late, then was tossed aside like a spoiled banana. Remember this play?
Well, Ringo did quite the opposite on Sunday. He did run onto the field late, but he timed the snap count up so beautifully that the momentum of 300-plus pounds running at full speed obliterated Seattle left guard Mark Glowinski, practically throwing him back onto Russell Wilson. Just watch and enjoy:
Ringo's "delayed blitz" almost sacked Wilson with the left guard https://t.co/rYFfC8Tks6— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) December 12, 2016
Jason B. Hirschhorn on the impact of last week's quarterback injuries
Quarterback injuries dominated the news cycle this week, with Ryan Tannehill (severe ACL and MCL sprains), Matthew Stafford (ligament damage in right middle finger), and, of course, Aaron Rodgers (hamstring and calf injuries) all expected to play the remainder of the season with their respective ailments. While Acme Packing Company plans to focus on the latter two given the NFC North-title race, Tannehill's injury could continue to impact the league beyond 2016.
While Tannehill's knee injuries apparently do not require surgery, they do appear likely to keep the former No. 8 overall pick sidelined for the Miami Dolphins' final three games this year. That complicates an already difficult decision the team has to make on him and his contract this offseason. Tannehill hasn't quite thrived under new head coach Adam Gase, but he has elevated his game above the morass of mediocrity that characterized his first four NFL seasons.
At the same time, the Dolphins probably hoped to receive more than above-average play when they gave Tannehill a four-year extension worth $77 million in total. With a cap hit in excess of $20 million looming next season, the team needs to know whether to continue investing in the former first-round pick.
By taking away the final three games against AFC East competition, the Dolphins may decide to hold onto Tannehill past the point they otherwise would. If so, clubs that could have considered the Tannehill for themselves -- perhaps even the Chicago Bears -- must now turn their eyes to the draft, pushing back prospects for those that already have their franchise signal-caller on the roster.
Bob Fitch on Jacob Schum’s positive season
Let’s talk special teams, baby! Is that the worst pickup line ever? Maybe. But you’re still here, aren’t you...anyway, after watching game film this week, it’s become clear who our top priority in re-signing this offseason is: Jacob Schum.
While that may be a bit of a stretch, it isn’t a stretch to say that Schum has brought a level of consistency not seen to the Green Bay punt team in a few years. Sure, he may be 25th in punt yard average, 20th in punt percentage inside the 20, 13rd in fair catch percentage, and 21st in return yard average, but guess what he’s not; last!
While our punter of past, Tim Masthay, may have had a tremendous nickname to go along with a fiery head of hair, he certainly didn’t have a tremendous leg. The Ginger Wolverine repeatedly hampered the Green Bay defense, leaving them short field after short field. After years of repeated shanks and short kicks, it’s nice to actually have a punter who you can reasonably rely upon to help switch field position. I know that punting isn’t cool, isn’t sexy, and sometimes it’s just the wrong decision. Special Teams are generally described as ‘decent’ when they simply avoid total failure. This year, for the first time in a while, I’m relieved to say that the punting of Jacob Schum has been decent. At least it’s progress, right?
Gary Zilavy on Ty Montgomery’s jersey number
When Mike McCarthy confirmed super-utility man Ty Montgomery is officially a running back this week, the very first thing I thought of was his jersey number. Per NFL rules, once the season starts, you’re stuck wearing that number. Montgomery has indicated that he’d like to change numbers in the offseason.
The Packers had a similar case where a player transitioned from one position to another – Spencer Havner. Havner, a linebacker at UCLA, joined the Packers’ practice squad in 2006. Searching for a way to finally break onto the 53-man roster, Havner converted to tight end before 2009’s training camp. As a linebacker, he wore 53 and switched to 41 after converting to tight end. He caught seven passes in 2009 (four went for touchdowns), and was on the roster for Super Bowl XLV.
If you’re a Ty Montgomery fan or a collector of rare sporting goods, a Montgomery jersey with the number 88 may be a good Christmas investment.
Jon Meerdink on some random Packers
Gary’s post made me think of another member of the Packers who changed numbers when he changed positions. Let me take you back to the early 2000’s and a guy by the name of Torrance Marshall.
Actually, let’s not do that. Torrance Marshall was bad. He switched from number 51 to 41 when the Packers tried to move him from linebacker to fullback because the only thing he was good at was running into things and the coaching staff thought he’d be better at running into things on offense than he was on defense. He wasn’t. Then he went to the Arena Football League and played linebacker and fullback.
Anyway, here’s some other Packers you should remember for no reason: Terry Mickens, Nick Luchey, Donnell Washington, Darrien Gordon, Eric Metcalf, Marc Boerigter, Vonta Leach, Korey Hall, Herbert Goodman, Pat Lee, Will Whitticker, Steve Josue, Brett Swain, Tyrone Culver, Marquand Manuel.
Mike Vieth on Troy Aikman
My biggest problem with the game on Sunday wasn’t about the Packers play but when Fox gave Troy Aikman another opportunity to talk about how great he was (which happens far too often). He went into a little detail about how former Packers coach Lindy Infante told him that the Packers would draft him if they had the first overall pick in the 1989 draft. The Packers then won their final game of the season, which gave them the number two overall pick. A number two pick where, then GM/Executive VP of Football Operations, Tom Braatz selected Tony Mandarich. I should’ve just blew off the comments but that got me thinking of how different the Packers would’ve looked in the Ron Wolf years (who took over for a fired Braatz in 1991) if Aikman or one of the other three selected behind Mandarich, some guys named Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas and Deion Sanders, would’ve came to Green Bay.
There are so many possibilities to consider so I’ll keep this as short as possible but if the Packers had the first overall pick with Aikman, it means that Brett Favre most likely would have never come to Green Bay. You never know if Favre would have ever gotten a chance to play for another team or if he would’ve been a career backup to Chris Miller and Jeff George in Atlanta. My mind truly races and gets excited thinking about Barry Sanders in green and gold rather than silver and blue. He was, arguably, the best running back in NFL history and what he could’ve brought to the team would have been magical and the Packers could have had an unstoppable offense in the 90s. Having Derrick Thomas patrolling field in the linebacker corps would’ve been absolutely fantastic to see. Especially, when the Packers brought in Reggie White in 1993. Having Thomas and White rushing the passer would’ve been ridiculous. As for Deion Sanders, I doubt he would’ve ever came to small market Green Bay with how flashy and cocky his attitude was but just imagine having one of the most dynamic cornerbacks and kick returners in NFL history is another great thought.
At the end of the day though, the Packers ended up with Mandarich who is considered one of the top NFL busts of all-time. While it was a horrendous pick, it may have been a blessing in disguise. If the Packers would have one of those other players, who are all in the NFL Hall of Fame, Tom Braatz may have never been fired and that means Ron Wolf would’ve been a GM elsewhere. That definitely would have meant no Brett Favre and probably no Mike Holmgren either. Heck, Lindy Infante was the NFL Coach of the Year in 1989 when the Packers finished 10-6. With those other weapons, he may have been the one who leads the Packers to the Super Bowl and have a street named after him in Green Bay. Who knows where the history of the Packers would be right now if they did not draft Tony Mandarich. It’s fun to think about the possibilities of those other players but, in drafting Mandarich, it led the Packers to having one of the most consistently successful teams in the NFL the past 25 years and I don’t think that I would have changed the way history has played out.
Feel free to throw in some other possibilities you’ve thought of in the comments section. It’s fun to see what other possibilities are out there.