Aaron Rodgers Hollywood ending hijacked by rogue decision

Aaron Rodgers\ Hollywood ending hijacked by rogue decision
Mike McCarthy praises alpha performance from Packers rookie Jaire Alexander
Mike McCarthy and the Green Bay Packers have a special labeling for the kind of game rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander produced Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

The Packers’ first-round pick tallied seven tackles and a career-high five passes defended in what McCarthy called an “alpha performance.”

“Theyve had the success theyve had with a lot smoke and mirrors, good play-calling, speed and misdirection,” Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said. “We came out and made it kind of dirty and grimy, really got after them, hit the quarterback. Obviously they found their footing in the second half, maybe late in the first half. But then we put it back on them at the end of the game. We did just enough for our offense to get down there. It really is a shame the way in which we dropped that game. Youd like to think, if we see these guys again … but at 3-3-1, we need to start winning these games.”

“Jaire, I can’t say enough about the game that he put together all four quarters,” McCarthy said Monday. “I don’t recall seeing a young man, particularly a rookie, play at that level. It clearly was an ‘alpha performance,’ (that’s) the way we grade that.”

“I dont understand that, honestly,” Clark said. “In my mind, I swear, if we play games like that, were going to win a lot of games. I dont really know how else to explain it. Weve got to come out there like that every game. I really feel like we can get teams on their heels, and with the offense that we have, we can put up points and get up on guys easy.”

Alexander matched up with Rams receiver Brandin Cooks for much of the afternoon. He broke up three passes thrown in Cooks’ direction, including one in the end zone in the first half. He also disrupted a third-down pass to Robert Woods and made a diving deflection of a pass over the middle.

Sam Shields started the momentum swing against his former team when he tiptoed along the goal line to down a punt by Johnny Hekker, trapping the Packers at their 1. Green Bays next play was a run up the middle by Aaron Jones, and the Rams fearsome defensive front stuffed it for a safety.

McCarthy later called Alexander the defense’s “best cover guy,” which was reflected in the decision to keep the rookie on Cooks for much of the game Sunday.

The Packers realize theyre gaining a reputation as a team that plays to the level of its opposition. As they reach the midpoint of their season, they know theyre running out of time to put together full games — particularly since their next game is at mighty New England.

A fiery, confident player, Alexander never backed down from the challenge. In fact, he seemed to embrace the opportunity to go one-on-one with the Rams’ most dangerous target in the passing game.

A sequence in the second quarter fundamentally switched the momentum away from the Packers (3-3-1), who had built a 10-0 lead — the largest anybody has taken on the Rams all season long — shortly before halftime thanks to outstanding work on both sides of the ball.

“He walked in the door with tremendous confidence,” McCarthy said. “He has tremendous competitive spirit. Sometimes it takes some guys a little longer. They tested him. I thought he played lights out.”

Rodgers still had the ball with the chance to lead a clock-draining drive with 6:49 left. Instead, the Rams lost 6 yards on three plays before a 25-yard punt by JK Scott. The Rams got a go-ahead field goal on the short field, and Montgomery fumbled moments later.

The Green Bay Packers needed to move themselves into position for a go-ahead field goal in the waning moments of the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the undefeated Los Angeles Rams.

The Packers were on the brink of a statement victory after rallying from a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter. Green Bay had a one-point lead and the ball with 6:49 to play, but the Packers only ended up making a statement about their own inconsistency.

They didn’t get that chance, however, after Ty Montgomery elected to return a kickoff that sailed into the end zone, resulting in a fumble that effectively snuffed out any chance of a comeback.

“What those guys will do is theyll continue to work exactly like they have, doing an excellent job coaching and being the best Rams coaches they can be,” McVay said. “Down the line … if thats something that they have goals to be able to try to achieve, then weve got to continue to have success as a team. Theres nothing more exciting than to see people get a chance to grow, if thats something that they feel like is best for them.”

“That play didn’t lose the game,” star quarterback Aaron Rodgers said, “but it definitely took away an opportunity for us to go down and win it.”

The Rams are tied for eighth in the NFL with 22 sacks, but 10 of those came from Donald, who has been perhaps even more disruptive in his first season since winning the APs Defensive Player of the Year award in 2017. Donald sacked Aaron Rodgers twice and delivered four quarterback hits during Los Angeles 29-27 win over Green Bay on Sunday.

Rodgers reportedly used stronger language, per an unidentified Packers coach to Mike Silver of NFL.com.

So McVay wasnt surprised when two of his top offensive assistants were immediately linked to the Cleveland Browns. Quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor and passing game coordinator/tight ends coach Shane Waldron both featured in immediate speculation about candidates to replace Hue Jackson in the future.

“Aaron was hot,” a Packers coach told Silver. “And he had a right to be. He yelled, ‘Take a [expletive]knee!’ He was very, very mad.”

Montgomery elected against talking to reporters on Sunday, going so far as to press his cell phone to his ear when asked for a comment after the Rams’ 29-27 victory.

“I couldnt be happier to be here with our players, with this organization, working for a great owner in Mr. (Stan) Kroenke,” said McVay, who is 19-5 halfway through his second season. “Unless they decide they want to make a change, I wouldnt want to be anywhere else.”

The 25-year-old Montgomery was limited to just six yards on two carries while fellow running back Aaron Jones finished with 86 yards on 12 totes.

Suh and do-everything linebacker Cory Littleton also have three sacks apiece this season, but general manager Les Snead would love to add an edge rusher to take pressure off a secondary thats missing injured cornerback Aqib Talib until at least late November.

Per more than a half-dozen Packers players, Montgomery had “thrown a tantrum” after being removed from the game during Green Bay’s previous series. The Packers’ decision to remove him from the game perhaps led Montgomery into deciding to return the kickoff, according to one player.

Kupp has 30 receptions for 438 yards and a team-leading five touchdowns despite playing extensively in only five games. He left the field early in the Rams win at Denver on Oct. 14 after a horse-collar tackle by Broncos safety Darian Stewart.

“They took him out [the previous drive]for a play and he slammed his helmet and threw a fit,” the player said. “Then [before the kickoff]they told him to take a knee, and he ran it out anyway. You know what that was? That was him saying, ‘I’m gonna do me.’ It’s a [expletive]joke.

“I mean, what the [expletive]are you doing? We’ve got Aaron Rodgers, the best I’ve ever seen, and you’re gonna take that risk? All you gotta do is give him the ball, and you know what’s gonna happen.”

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