Three times in a row, all in the 4th quarter, our quarterback threw the ball Tua defender.
Yes, I should trademark that one, but I don’t have the legal acumen.
And while the Tua was the main culprit–again–in a winnable game vs. an inferior opponent, others share the blame. Namely our rookie hipster coach and our atrocious special teams.
Look at the shot above from Tua’s third interception of the quarter. Look at the 31 yardline. Can Jeff Wilson (orange circle) possibly be more open? Look at the Pack defenders running from top to bottom. If Tua hits Wilson (who’s running bottom to top), he’s gone. At least for an easy 1st down.
Now look at the aqua square Tyreek Hill at the 35. Another guy WIDE open. 3 yards away from an easy first down. And we know Hill No way on earth he’s tackled at the 38. He would have run laterally around the defenders for a huge gain.
But, unfortunately, Tua decided to throw the ball to a guy who’s barely had any catches this year. A guy who isn’t even in the picture at this point. A guy with 2 defenders running near him. As bad as Tua’s pass was, he is still young. He NEEDS his head coach in his ear to “remind” him that Tyreek Hill is as clutch as they come late in a game. Throw the ball to him any and every time he is open. And in the shot above, you see just HOW open he was.
The only thing worse than Tua’s pass was his decision to throw to Gesicki in the first place. I love Tua and support him more than most people, but I call him out when it’s deserved. And he blew this one badly.
The defense shined and we can be proud there. But that’s where it stops.
Failing to challenge a dropped pass that would have been an easy overturn is just ONE of McDaniel’s continuous, ongoing streak of incorrect decisions. Instead, he chose to give Aaron Rodgers and the Pack a 40-yard gain, and thus the game itself. Well done, McDaniel.
That lack of wisdom was nothing compared to calling for an onside kick….right after a gigantic TD that gave us all the momentum in the world. But with yet another poor decision, McD gave the Packers the ball back at midfield, and all the excitement from Waddle’s TD was gone in less than an instant. The rocking stadium turned to a morgue. Well done, McDaniel.
Tua throwing the ball to the wrong team three straight times must make our defense hate him, no matter what us they say to the media. But I hope they also hate guys like McDaniel and Jason Shankders too after this loss.
And I hope that same D takes out their frustrations own Mac Jones next week…
The sky is gray, but it has not fallen. We still own a playoff seat for now…