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Damarious Randall’s Got Excuses, Yo!

You know what we love most? Motherfuckers who make excuses. Cue Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall.

Randall was one of the best cornerbacks in the league in week 1 and one of the worst in weeks 2 and 3. His terrible play reached an apex when Minnesota Vikings’ receiver Stefon Diggs went off for nine and 182 (a career high) with Randall primarily in coverage in week 2. The Lions’ Marvin Jones went over 200 in week 3, but that was only partially Randall’s fault, as Josh Hawkins gave up 73 of those yards.

Nonetheless, all eyes are on Randall. He needs to play better if the Packers are going to play better, particularly as long as Sam Shields is sidelined.

So what does he have to say for himself? You’ll love it!

Excuse No. 1: league rules

“I think that’s what the NFL wants to happen because with all the rules and stuff that they have that we can’t touch guys and I know a lot of guys don’t like getting flagged. Obviously, they let most receivers get a last little tug at the end and the receiver catches the ball and the fans start hollering, ‘Yay! Touchdown!’ But I just think it’s great for the NFL. I just think it’s great for those guys that are catching passes and that’s why corners get paid as much money as they do whenever there are great, great corners.”

Excuse No. 2: got tangled up

“We just both happened to get tangled up, and if it was the other way around and the receiver fell and I end up catching the ball, they probably would have threw a flag. So just for the most part I mean that’s just a play you can’t really correct nothing in the film because I was in perfect coverage. I was right there. I was in perfect coverage most of the night, even the one that he caught the one deep ball on me. I was there, and he just made the play. Sometimes guys are going to do that because that’s this league. For the most part, I feel like I played pretty well against the Lions.”

Right, perfect coverage. Except you fucking fell down!

Randall did take some blame. In fact, he threw some shade at the two receivers that torched him the last two games in the process.

“I know we’ve been struggling, me in particular, and the great thing about that is I’m not struggling because of the receivers. I’m struggling because of myself. Just knowing that, I know I’m going to bounce back. That’s really the best part about the bye week is to know that it’s me. If it was the other way around, then I would be in trouble. If I was doing everything perfectly great and I was still getting passes caught on me, that’s when I would be worried and probably think my name might be coming down (from the locker).”

We don’t really know what to think about Randall right now. Obviously he needs to play better, but his comments certainly suggest he’s thinking too much.

That seems to be the problem: focus.

Guys go one of two ways when they’re playing badly and getting blasted for it. The lose their confidence and play worse or they refocus and pull it together.

Sunday’s match-up with ODB should be a good barometer of which way Randall is going.

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Mordecai Jones

Mordecai is a writer living in Los Angeles. He primarily writes screenplays, but also does crap like this because GREEN BAY PACKERS, baby!

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  1. PF4L October 4, 2016

    This brings me back to Ted Thompson apologist. When fans, in defense of Ted, concerning draft picks, bring up the fact that he drafted Rollins and Randall as if that’s proof, that he still drafts well.

    Here’s the problem, to them i said….it’s too early judge, they both have showed flashes, but they also showed ineptness. Let them progress and then let’s see.

    I also will take my own advice when they are shitting the bed now. We’ll have a good idea if they can ball by the end of this season, but season #3 is final judgement starting in week 1, where they’ll sink or swim.

    As most of you know, that know me. Even if Rollins and Randall both become players in this league (lets see). Ted and big Mike can’t leave town soon enough for me.

    1. Empacador October 4, 2016

      He still doesn’t remind me of Ahmad Carroll. Agree with the rest.

      1. PF4L October 4, 2016

        I wasn’t the one who posted he reminded me of A. Carroll

        1. Empacador October 4, 2016

          I know you weren’t, just sayin’ he still doesn’t remind me of Carroll.

    2. Deepsky October 5, 2016

      Many, many Thompson haters called Perry a bust too. Now he’s playing at a Pro Bowl level.

      You gotta wait a few years on some guys.

  2. Kato October 4, 2016

    I am scared for this game. Especially with a motivated OBJ coming into town after last night’s game.

    1. PF4L October 4, 2016

      I’m not scared…i’m seriously looking forward to this game. Lets see how we stack up comparatively to how the Vikings played them. That’s how i look at it.

      Good or bad, i’m not scared of seeing where we are.

    2. Savage57 October 5, 2016

      Put Hawkins on OBJ and tell him to run his mouth like Chris Tucker and rough him up after every play.

      Eventually, he’ll snap, maybe even get the hook. If Hawkins needs to dust it up a bit more to get him over the line and gets the heave-ho along with him? Sometimes you have to take one for the team.

    3. Deepsky October 5, 2016

      The Lions game was an aberration. The Lions have an awful defense. Brian Hoyer, a guy who has been passed around the league, had a 120 QB rating against the Lions. Brian Hoyer threw for more yards against the Lions than Rodgers did!! Rodgers will look like his 30th ranked QB in the league again against the Giants who have always had his number.

      Any team with an average defense will kill the Packers because Rodgers will bail on plays and miss his short routes opening up. Like it or not folks, he’s the reason why the Packers have been awful for the last year or so.

  3. Cheese October 4, 2016

    Randall is not very well spoken and I cringe when listening to him. Rollins on the other hand is just the opposite. However, none of that matters as long as they can play.

  4. Zwoeger October 4, 2016

    I’m afraid it will be o jee,o jee where’s my o.b. next game.

  5. Mike October 4, 2016

    I hope to God he plays better, cuz apparently Shields is out couple more weeks? I HATE Cadaver Ted Thompson & his drafts for the most part SUCK!! Other than Matthews has he taken anyone who helps right away??? Always damn 3-5 year projects if at ALL. I agree with PF4L both of those ass-clowns can’t exit quick enough. Somebody must have woke Ted up?? I see he signed a prac squad FB. just what we need to fix all the offensive problems. Anyone else see CJ Spiller score for Seattle?? Ted Can’t use him

    1. pypack October 4, 2016

      > Other than Matthews has he taken anyone who helps right away?

      Let’s see…

      Morgan Burnett — 4 INTs and 2 FF in his first two seasons, plus another INT in the postseason.
      Sam Shields — 6 INTs in his first two seasons, plus 2 more in the 2010 playoffs.
      James Starks — got healthy in his first season just in time to gallop to 315 yards and a Superbowl win in the 2010 playoffs.
      Randall Cobb — first season, first game, first play? kickoff return for touchdown. Over 1300 yards + 9 TDs receiving in first two years, plus two more return TDs.
      Mike Daniels — 8.5 sacks in first two seasons and a fumble return TD.
      Datone Jones — 5 sacks and a blocked kick in his first two seasons.
      Eddie Lacy — 2200+ yards, 20 TDs rushing in first two seasons despite missing games.
      David Bakhtiari — started every game in his first two seasons and proved to be one of the better LTs in the league.
      Micah Hyde — served as an all-around utility man, scoring 3 TDs on punt returns and reeling in 2 INTs in his first two seasons.
      Corey Linsley — started all but three games in his first two seasons as a dominant C.
      Ha Ha Clinton-Dix — 4 sacks and 3 INTs in first two seasons, plus 3 more INTs in 4 playoff games.
      Richard Rodgers — 10 TDs in his first two seasons.
      Damarious Randall — 3 INTs and a TD in first season, plus another INT in the playoffs, and has 1 INT so far this year.
      Quinten Rollins — 2 INTs and a TD in first season.

      Currently the Packers have 5 starters, a second-string QB, and a heavily rotational player from the 2015 draft, plus 2 more UDFA starters. This year’s crop already has two starters. I don’t know what you’re complaining about…

      1. PF4L October 5, 2016

        That’s fantastic cherry picking. Now, tell the rest of the story.

        Kool aid is good

  6. MR October 4, 2016

    ODB right now is “rubbing one out” to Damrious Randall game tapes…

  7. Mike October 4, 2016

    I’m afraid of that too. Our secondary making Eli & ODB look like Johnny U and Jerry Rice.

  8. Howard October 4, 2016

    Corners get beat all the time in the NFL. Man up the Packer corners have been beat, however they are playing better in man than zone. The zone coverage sucks right now and that is on the entire group of defensive backs and in some cases the linebackers. I will say that Randall appears to be fairly loose in passing receivers to the next level.

    Once any NFL player puts out a reasonable amount tape other teams will try to take advantage of that players weaknesses and every player has some. The player and team just need to keep adjusting and improving.

    The NFL schedule always has some advantages and disadvantages for every team. It is not a plus for the Giants to have to play a team off a bye, on the road, after a road game on a Monday night. GO PACK!

    1. PF4L October 4, 2016

      Exactly…The Packers zone sucks. The 1st defender hands him off to fast, then the 2nd defender is ALWAYS late. Explaining why these receivers catch the ball wide open so much. It makes me sick watching it to the point i wanna choke out Capers.

  9. Mike October 4, 2016

    “No worries though” Ted will look into it, once his Acorn stair lift is installed. He’s a shrewd one. Who else can pluck punters & FBs off cuts & practice squads

    1. MMTTDCSUCK October 5, 2016

      They probably would have to strap that fuck into the chair before he goes up and down. That speed may be too much for him to handle. Such a dizzying and exciting ride for him I would suppose . . .

  10. Icebowler October 4, 2016

    Who’s our best trash talker at CB? That’s who needs to be on ODB!

  11. MMTTDCSUCK October 5, 2016

    I hate to say it, but throw Gunter on ODBJ. He is big and can throw his weight around, he is also the tallest. Have him play smash mouth at the line, fuck Dom Capers ridiculous zone scheme. The pack seems to play better with man anyway. ODBJ may burn him for a few catches, but I believe that Gunter would get into his head; especially if he is physical at the line.