Rams made the right call
Packers beat writer Ryan Wood answered questions from readers Monday, a day after Green Bay’s 29-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Read the transcript at jsonline.com/packers.
Q: Were you surprised with the run call when Packers was backed up at its own 1-yard line? I thought for sure that Rodgers would try to throw the ball. I know it was Aaron Jones, but I would have to think when Rams saw him in the lineup, they kind of knew it would be a run call.
A: That's actually a great point I hadn't considered. Not that the run call was broadcast to the Rams defense. The Packers had 10 players near the LOS and only Marquez Valdes-Scantling split wide. But it's a great point that Aaron Jones being on the field also broadcast a run, because he sure a heck wasn't in there to pass block. Even more reason it should have been Jamaal Williams on the field in that situation. Not only because Williams is the power back — and a pretty good one, at that — but he's also the best pass blocker at that position, which presents more room for a surprise pass. Again, great point.
Q: After the last series on third down, cameras caught Rodgers having a very colorful opinion of the play call. I just don’t think this relationship is going to last. What say you?
A: Well, I think the quarterback and head coach have certainly been on better terms. Ultimately, that doesn't matter — if they win. So long as the Packers win, Mike McCarthy is going to be safe. If they lose, that's when coaches get fired.
Q: There are no moral victories, a loss is a loss. The team needs to play better.
A: That really is the bottom line, isn't it?