Some penalties appeared one-sided
Packers beat writer Ryan Wood answered questions from readers Monday, a day after Green Bay’s 31-17 loss to the Washington Redskins at FexExField. Read the transcript at jsonline.com/packers.
Q: It’s hard to find any positives in the showing at Washington. Rodgers was off, the drops, the holding penalties, the special teams penalties. Can you explain why Matthews got the roughing penalty when the one on Rodgers wasn’t called?
No, there aren’t many positives to take away from yesterday. Even the real, tangible silver linings — Geronimo Allison is pretty good, it seems — can be negated by the fact Jordy Nelson was better. (Sorry.) As for your question, there is only one explanation for why Daron Payne was not penalized for roughing Aaron Rodgers: referee Craig Wrolstad didn’t see it. Wrolstad said as much to Rodgers on the field in a conversation picked up when his mic was left on during a timeout. He simply missed the call. Doesn’t make you feel any better, I’m sure.
Q: Lots of talk in the off season about a more aggressive revamped defense and offense. Looks exactly like last year. What am I missing?
The troubling sign is that the defense appears to be regressing, as it did last year. The Packers defense looked awfully good in their opener last season against Seattle, just as they looked pretty good in this year’s opener against Chicago. They were unable to sustain it last year, and they haven’t sustained it the past two weeks. So if you say this looks familiar, you’re not wrong.
Q: What, really, has McCarthy done? Sometimes it’s good to just make a change for the good of re-energizing the team.
Getting a lot of McCarthy/hot seat questions. It’s Week 4, guys. September isn’t the time for that conversation. He’s not getting fired early in the sea- son, or even in the middle. We don’t know where 2018 is headed, and until we do, I’m not making any rushed evaluations on McCarthy’s job security. Just breathe.
Q: How can they get Jones out there quicker? Kentrell Brice needs to get off the field.
My guess is Josh Jones will be back this week. That said, he’s going to have to play a lot better than last season if he’s going to be the answer.
Daron Payne was not called for a roughing penalty on this sack of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday.