With 2:05 left on the mr. Mickens runs out the Kickoff and decides to crumble up like a little bitch instead of cutting across the field and wasting the 5secs into the 2min warning…I fucking lost it took about 5 shots to calm my nerves…
He basically gave GB a 4th timeout and honestly wasn’t confident at that point… did anyone else notice that?
No blockers. Defenders running full speed. He made a smart decision to not get caught in a tough situation where two or three players might rip the ball out of his hands if he got tied up.
Also he probably realized Tom Brady was about to get involved and he was needing two first downs to ice the game. in hindsight he was 100% correct,
They pointed it out in the booth that he easily could have wasted another few seconds and got them to the 2 min warning. I dont think I can get that mad at the guy though trying to be safe at that moment. He fumbles it were fucked.
Of course Mickens had some good returns I’m not hatin on him but not running out the 5secs to get us to the 2min warning could of been a disaster… had GB somehow gotten the ball back and scored Mickens/Armstrong would be crucified…
Mickens actually had some good returns so hard to be too upset with him. That being said, I was not happy at the time. He could have easily wasted another two seconds and cover up the ball as best he could. Good thing it didn’t matter!
He could have easily got it to the 2 minute warning… I am not sure what the thought was behind it… But in the end it was a blessing in disguise. We weren’t running the ball very well. If its past the 2 minute warning we are for sure running the ball on 1st and 2nd down and most likely staring at a decision of 3rd and 4-6… The 2 minute warning gave us the obvious chance to do play action pass to Mike Evans for 9 yards. We never call that play if were at the 2 minute warning.
Also I have no idea why they didn’t decline the 5 yard penalty… Make zero sense at all.. at 2nd and 1 its basically a guarantee you get the first down unless you have a penalty.
I think an encroachment call is an automatic 5 yards if I’m not mistaking and honestly I wasn’t as confident to get a first in that situation of the game cuz I’ve watched this movie many times before… it worked out but coaches need to be a little more aware and do better with clock management…
The ST coach 100% told him to slide, why the hell would you risk fumbling it inside their 20 with 2:05 left. Every Packer on that field was going to come in with fists swinging at that ball. Give them the extra time out who gives a shit. Worked out like it was supposed to.
There wasn’t anybody close to him when he slid, even my wife who isn’t real knowledgeable about football said what Fu@# is he doing. He could have easily got another 3 seconds out of that return. Don’t know whose decision it was but I hope they’re not back next year.
He has made some reasonable returns so I won’t totally pan him. But if you watch the guy he is a slightly better Dexter Jackson. He won’t shy away from a tackle per se, but he won’t put his shoulder down and engage. He will slide or step out of bounds to avoid being hit.
Obviously he was told to slide and avoid contact, it’s just he didn’t execute it well enough to make sure the time went down to 2 minutes. He was a big key though in field position unlike pretty much every other game this year when the return units are terrible.
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