Some penal­ties ap­peared one-sided

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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?

A:

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?

A:

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.

A:

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.

A:

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.

GETTY IM­AGES

Daron Payne was not called for a rough­ing penalty on this sack of Pack­ers quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers on Sun­day.

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