Ask the expert
Packers beat writer Ryan Wood answered questions from readers Monday, a day after Green Bay’s win over Seattle. Read the complete transcript at www.jsonline.com/packers.
Q: (Aaron) Rodgers complimented Martellus (Bennett) for drawing that flag to protect him. I think it was incredibly stupid and unnecessary (even if it was a dead ball foul, fortunately) but many Packer fans seem to disagree with me. What say you? A: Later in the season, perhaps. For their first game together, I thought it was the type of moment that builds chemistry. Sometimes, those sorts of plays are necessary. Aaron Rodgers seemed surprised by Martellus Bennett's reaction. He did not make much of what K.J. Wright did to receive the shove. But you could tell the quarterback appreciated his tight end coming to his defense. Those moments are not forgotten.
Q: Hey Ryan, on the controversial play regarding (Davante) Adams and (Jeremy) Lane, I did not see a punch, but I did see the two players go at each other pretty bad. When they hit the ground, Lane had his forearm solidly on Adams' throat, and he was not letting up. This, in my opinion, warranted a penalty.
A: Probably warranted some kind of penalty, but I did not see a punch either. After the game, Adams said he couldn't recall every detail of the play because things happened so fast, but said he did not remember a punch.
Q: Oh how the mighty have fallen? I am a huge Eddie Lacy fan. But was that a completely washed up back I saw yesterday? Or is the Packer front 7 currently that tough? A: Maybe both? The Packers defense was exceptional. I think their interior defensive line could be a difference maker. Their disruption instead sets the table for the Packers using so much of their nitro package. But ... 3 yards on 5 carries? No, Eddie Lacy did not look good. Q: What exactly is the Nitro package?
A: It's a three-safety personnel with Morgan Burnett as an inside linebacker in what looks like nickel, playing next to a traditional inside linebacker with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Kentrell Brice as the deep safeties.