Damarious Randall blames himself for Packers’ playoff loss

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Packers defensive back Damarious Randall had a good rookie season last year, but it did not end well.

The Packers’ season ended with an overtime loss to the Cardinals, and the game-changing play in that loss was a 75-yard reception by Larry Fitzgerald. Randall has now acknowledged that he was responsible for the coverage breakdown that allowed Fitzgerald to get open.

“I put that play on myself,” Randall said, via USA Today. “I take 100 percent blame for it.”

Randall said that four months later, he can’t dwell on it.

“It was just a mistake that was made,” Randall said. “That’s football. . . . I just know that I’m going to make a lot more plays than I give up for the Green Bay Packers.”

Randall’s rookie season showed that he’s a talented young player who surely will make more plays than he gives up in his career. Even if that season will be remembered largely for one play he didn’t make.

71 responses to “Damarious Randall blames himself for Packers’ playoff loss

  1. That’s a breath of fresh air; much different than the immature excuses about coin flips and nfl microphones.

  2. “I put that play on myself,” Randall said, via USA Today. “I take 100 percent blame for it.”

    It’s great that the first year player is willing to take the blame, but weren’t there 10 other players on the field?

    No way is this 100% on Randall.

  3. Is it any surprise that Randall, who was picked late in the 1st round, would go on to outperform the other DB picked at #11 overall? (with all the press accolades that go with it, the fawning comments of Mel Kiper which is actually a kiss of death)

    Yes, he did blow the coverage but that’s all part of playing a rookie. He will be that much better for the experience. He also was part of a team that won a playoff game and he will benefit from that also which is more than you can say for the #11 pick overall.

  4. Rookies make mistakes. Thats the chance you take when you put them on the field. But he has a really bright future.

  5. I am glad to hear someone take responsibility for their actions but he can cut himself some slack. The Cardinals plays were designed to create confusion and sometimes it works. And Fitzgerald is one of the best.

  6. I think it was a combination of randle, Rogers and MacArthur play calling. We’re not going to win many games on hail marries guys. Gotta step it up this year. The window is closing and the Vike’s are coming. Let’s do this. GO. PACK.

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  7. You win as a team you lose as a team no one person is ever responsible for a win or a loss in football!

    That is just like saying Blair Walsh lost the PO game for the Vikings.

    Not true in either case.

  8. @crownofthehelmet – 1) the coin flip was incorrectly done; and 2) Cobb’s microphone pack caused his injury.

    Facts are your friends. Learn how to understand them.

  9. As a Packers fan I like the future this guy has. I also liked that he correctly fessed up to his mistake and it appears he has moved on from it.

  10. crownofthehelmet says:
    May 31, 2016 7:14 AM
    That’s a breath of fresh air; much different than the immature excuses about coin flips and nfl microphones.
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    Yeah – but Rodgers has a point about both. Note that he didn’t blame the loss on either coin flips or mics. He just said both of those things were not done well. And he’s right.

    PS: Wide Left. 🙂

  11. Seems like such a long time ago.. I remember the Seattle loss much more clearly…

    The Pack has to improve the defense or its the S.O.S. = More pressure on the QB.

  12. Rodgers has led this team for 8 seasons. Won the SB in one of those seasons. Big whoop. So hasn’t Dilfer, Hostetler and a host of other QBs with one SB. In the other 7 seasons, he’s won only 3 playoff games.

  13. I like when Vikings’ fans scream about other teams’ fans being on their threads, and then turn around and do the exact same thing that they whine about.

  14. “What a waste of draft pick.”

    Really? he had 51 solo tackles,5 assisted tackles and 3 ints as a rookie.in two playoff games he had 7 solo tackles 4 assists and 1 int. those dont look like the stats of a wasted draft pick,they look like the stats of a future star.

  15. rollotomasi14 says:
    May 31, 2016 9:34 AM

    Rodgers has led this team for 8 seasons. Won the SB in one of those seasons. Big whoop. So hasn’t Dilfer, Hostetler and a host of other QBs with one SB. In the other 7 seasons, he’s won only 3 playoff games.
    ==================================
    There are a lot of really good QB’s who don’t make the playoffs or win playoff games. As far as Super Bowls go, they are pretty hard to win. Ask Dan Fouts, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Fran Tarkenton, or Warren Moon- all HOF QB’s who haven’t won a Super Bowl.

    There’s a difference between leading a team to an SB or being along for the ride, such as Dilfer. Knocking a team for winning 1 Super Bowl is just plain stupid.

  16. The Packers 2nd round pick, the guy who played 4 years of basketball and only 1 year at CB also outplayed the Vikings 11th overall pick.

    Thats not even the worst part, they passed on defensive rookie of the year winner Marcus Peters who went 20th to the Chiefs, LOL.

    Randall played baseball his first 2 college seasons and then became a Safety. The Packers smartly turned him into a CB and its paid off well. 4 ints and multiple pass breakups throughout the season.

  17. That’s what happens when you start rookies in big spots! But GB has no depth of talent so he had to start day 1. Ted better wake up from his hibernation and build something!!

  18. codythao35 says:
    May 31, 2016 8:28 AM

    That’s what happens when TT picked some one who played basketball to play football. How’s that working out for ya?

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    Except the player you are referencing isn’t Randall. That player would be Quentin Rollins who had a much better year than #11 overall Trae Waynes. That’s not saying much though considering I had a similar year to Waynes. Meaning he couldn’t get on the field. Nice pick, though! Viking fans are soo cute.

  19. “Another Ted Thompson bust”

    He will be busting out this season all the way to the Super Bowl.Ted Thompson has seen to that.

  20. The Packers 2nd round pick, the guy who played 4 years of basketball and only 1 year at CB also outplayed the Vikings 11th overall pick.
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    Typical GB fan. Waynes did not play last year. Unlike GB we actually have depth and don’t need to play the rookies. But I do remember that in the playoff game an injury forced Waynes to play and he had an excellent game and picked off Wilson.

    Congrats GB! You have zero depth and need to start a 2nd rounder immediately!!

  21. Damarious Randall was actually a first round pick. It’s not uncommon at all for a first or second round pick to start. But it’s hard to believe that the Vikings couldn’t take advantage of a team with zero depth and a starting rookie DB and beat them on their home field, right?

  22. As long as Rodger’s doesn’t take the blame, your a good packer.

    Coin toss, defense, receivers, lineman, Bostick and now this guy are all legitimate to blame.

    But don’t ever blame Rodgers. Ever. Good packer…good packer.

  23. Cardinals Win! Once again knocking the Packers out of the playoffs!
    Rather than blame…how about credit to Carson Palmer for great qb play and Fitz for making the rook look like a rook 🙂

  24. Just a long line of Packer mistakes. Remember the year before in Seattle when the packers choked, the lob pass by Wilson that Clinton Dix just stood and stared at before the Seattle player caught it??? Can’t make this stuff up and certainly fun to rewatch, over and over. Good times!

  25. Carson Palmer had anything but great QB play in that game. Sam Shields dropped a game ending INT. Palmer did everything he could to choke that game away…

  26. rollotomasi14 says:
    May 31, 2016 9:34 AM

    Rodgers has led this team for 8 seasons. Won the SB in one of those seasons. Big whoop. So hasn’t Dilfer, Hostetler and a host of other QBs with one SB. In the other 7 seasons, he’s won only 3 playoff games.
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    I notice you left Favre off of the list. He played 16 years or so with the Pack with one win. Where are the list of Vikings QB’s to win a SB?

  27. Yes, we blew it. And it hurts. Because football is all we have. We let it control us. Damarious Randall is young and tender and should be marinated and skewered for our Packers’ playoff loss. He will never recover from this. And we will never forgive him. We don’t like him. Maybe we should give him the Avery treatment.

  28. The Packers find a new way to choke in the playoffs every year, classic. Unfortunately this season they won’t even be in the playoffs. At least you have the Bucks to look forward to….. oh. …

  29. “ragnarthemagnificent says:
    May 31, 2016 11:16 AM

    The Packers find a new way to choke in the playoffs every year, classic. ”
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    Uh, isn’t it true that your team has never won a Super Bowl, ever? Isn’t it also true that your team didn’t even win the first round of the playoffs and losing by spectacular fashion by missing a friggin field goal?

  30. He shouldn’t blame himself when it was Clay Matthews that blew the tackle. But that’s typical Packers, all players are expected to publicly take all heat for Rodgers and Matthews’ mistakes …

  31. 250dollarnflowner says:
    May 31, 2016 10:06 AM
    The Packers 2nd round pick, the guy who played 4 years of basketball and only 1 year at CB also outplayed the Vikings 11th overall pick.
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    Typical GB fan. Waynes did not play last year. Unlike GB we actually have depth and don’t need to play the rookies. But I do remember that in the playoff game an injury forced Waynes to play and he had an excellent game and picked off Wilson.

    Congrats GB! You have zero depth and need to start a 2nd rounder immediately!!

    —-

    Eric Kendricks played more snaps than any GB rookie.

  32. Personally, I put most the blame on our pathetic offense scoring 13 points before that lucky desperation heave. We knew our defense was terrible but it’s a reality shock that our offense is as well now.

  33. I seem to recall a Packer player with a mane of hair and mobility similar to that of a plastic Barbie doll that should take far more of the blame on that play.

  34. I put more blame on the #1 cornerback, Sam Shields. He dropped at least one pick six, if not two, on the same possession.

  35. good thing they don’t have an nfl owner to take charge and fire dom capers for yet another playoff collapse by the defense.

    they were lucky to get to OT anyway, should’ve been holding on the last play of the game on green bay.

    you don’t have to start a rookie when you have depth and actually sign players in free agency.

  36. Larry Fitzgerald grew up as a Viking ball boy. Throughout his career, there were always rumors that he would finagle his way back to the Twin Cities. If that’s what Larry really wanted, he had numerous opportunities to make it happen. That say’s a lot!

  37. As the Packers prepare to battle for their NFL record 14th World Championship, hopefully Randall will find solace with the Packers once again advancing deep into the playoffs and further than any of their NFC North opponents.

    Better football.

    For better people.

  38. Tons of silly comments from Viking fans, since all you guys know so much about Randall and his basketball skills tell me what player he would compare to? Was he the next Curry or James since he should have “stuck to hoops”

    I see the way some of you think like being prideful of the 11th overall pick at you don’t need to start cuz of Depth is a good thing. They didn’t want him covering a teams 2nd best WR?

    Why not use that pick on someone who CAN help especially in or close to the top 10. You are practically promised a top player at at least one position when drafting that high.

    I feele Vikings don’t trust, or believe in someone in that secondary, unless theybare are worried Rhodes is going to dip when he hits FA, which is why they decided to take another DB fairly early in the most recent draft.

  39. Randall had a pretty solid first year. I actually thought both of the Packer rookie DBs played well, which says quite a bit as the front 7 wasn’t exactly putting tons of pressure on the opposing QB.

  40. Randall has been a welcome addition to a spectacular Packer secondary that has advanced further than any other division opponent for the following years:

    2010 – Packers
    2011 – Packers
    2012 – Packers
    2013 – Packers
    2014 – Packers
    2015 – Packers

    This season will mark the 7th consecutive season that the Packers will have advanced further than any other NFC North team. That’s what I like to call – sheer dominance.

  41. I like listening to the Vikings’ lemmings talking about Clay Matthews. On the long pass that Fitzgerald almost scored on, Matthews was in the backfield rushing the passer and nearly behind Palmer when the ball was thrown. He sprinted downfield and almost made the tackle on Fitzgerald. Watch the film.

  42. “That’s what happens when you start rookies in big spots! But GB has no depth of talent so he had to start day 1. Ted better wake up from his hibernation and build something!!”

    Ted has definately improved the depth of his team,it just takes time for the rooks to learn and this is the year it all comes together for them and no team will feel the pain worse than those far from mighty Vikings who will sit at home for the playoffs after getting a sniff last season.

  43. The Packer D played on a virtual par with the vaunted Viking D all season long. Any negative opinion to the contrary either reflects poorly on both teams or demonstrates the limited brainpower of the person posting the negative comments.

    This Packer D…particularly the D-backs….is going to be something this year. The Vikings have nothing on these guys. And they’re younger too.

  44. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    May 31, 2016 11:14 AM
    Yes, we blew it. And it hurts. Because football is all we have.

    All Minnesota had was Prince. And we know how that ended.

  45. How do Vikings’ fans call other teams “chokers”?

    The Vikings have the all-time playoff loss record, they blew 4 Super Bowls and 5 subsequent NFC Championship games in all sorts of ways, with no championships. They are 3-6 in the playoffs since 2000, and are 5-15-1 against their arch-rivals since 2006- and they are coming off of a playoff lost where their kicker missed a chip shot at home to win it. They are so accustomed to a losing postseason legacy, it should have it’s own name. Maybe “vikinged” would work.

    As in, “The Thunder were up 3-1 against the Warriors, but they vikinged the last 3 games and ultimately vikinged the series.”

  46. This guy is going to be a star.

    Green Bay is set at CB (and QB, and RB, and WR, etc)

  47. tqaztec says:
    May 31, 2016 11:32 AM
    Don’t sweat it. You were not there for the numerous other one and done playoffs performances.
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    Are you talking about the Packers? Because the Vikings have gone one-and-done twice as often as the Packers. That’s another word for “double.”

    Who went one-and-done this past season, while adding to the all-time NFL record for the most post-season losses including the pre-merger teams?

    Hint: It wasn’t the Packers.

  48. I’m convinced that ariani1985 has never seen a football game, let alone even know what a football looks like.

  49. 250dollarnflowner says:
    May 31, 2016 8:17 PM

    Ted should trade this bust along with Hee Haw Chex-Mix for AJ Hawk and a 6th rd pick next year!!
    ==================================Which only serves as an example of your limited knowledge of the NFL. The guy was one of the Top 10 rookies last year, and around halfway through the season, when targeted, QB completion rate against Randall was the lowest in the league.

  50. frank booth says:
    May 31, 2016 7:32 PM
    I’m convinced that ariani1985 has never seen a football game, let alone even know what a football looks like.
    —-
    You’re also convinced you own a football team because some “stock” says so.

    I know I know…you’re a Bears fan.

    Suuuuuuure…..

  51. Sorry there, but the Bears are family owned. And I would think that most Packer fans realize that a Packer stock certificate has the same value as one of those personalized bricks that the Vikings sell- Remember, if you buy the $360.00 brick, it has the Viking head logo plus you get four full lines of text.

    If you want to think I’m a Packer fan, that’s fine. I can’t prove otherwise here. It’s the internet. For all I know, you very well could be ariani1985- and you can’t prove otherwise either.

    Being that you’re a new NFL fan, I hope that you continue to learn about free agency and the NFL. The NFL is fun to follow in both during the season and the offseason. Good luck and enjoy!

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