Randall Cobb says he won’t wear on-field microphone anymore

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has never been a fan of players wearing microphones during games and his feelings weren’t changed in the playoffs last year when wide receiver Randall Cobb suffered a punctured lung.

Rodgers said recently that he believes Cobb’s injury was caused by the NFL Films microphone pack that Cobb was wearing during the team’s loss to the Cardinals. Cobb suggested on Thursday that he feels the same way.

While he acknowledges that there’s no way to prove that the injury was a direct result of the microphone, Cobb said that he will “never be mic’d up again” during a game.

“If we were going on a Super Bowl run and we had that live feed during the game, it’s pretty cool to look back and hear what you’re thinking and hear what you’re talking about,” Cobb said, via ESPN.com. “It’s pretty cool in that instance, but I don’t think it’s worth the risk.”

Cobb was left coughing up blood after his injury, which is certainly the sort of thing you’d like to avoid if at all possible in the future. The fact that the decision will bring a smile to Rodgers’ face doesn’t hurt as far as bonuses go.

55 responses to “Randall Cobb says he won’t wear on-field microphone anymore

  1. “UFO’s and the Darkside of the Magic Mic”

    A new documentary by up and coming director, Aaron Rodgers. Starring but who else? Olivia Munn. (cameo appearance: Brett Favre)

  2. Micgate? Can we find somebody to pin this on? Maybe Goodell can come down hard on the Cardinals for targeting him where the mic was.

  3. See, the NFL cheated the packers for making him wear that mic pack. Predetermined outcomes is what the NFL wants in these games to craft their version of parity.

  4. They’ll never mic up hockey players because swearing is everyone’s first language on the ice.

  5. Rogers just doesn’t want any recording of him trying to sneak overinflated footballs past the refs again.

  6. The league will ignore this since he hasn’t filed a lawsuit. Player safety is a low priority if it doesn’t impact the owner’s bank accounts.

  7. The fact that Rodgers inaccuracy on the pass forced Cobb to vainly stretch out in an unnatural position to attempt a one handed circus catch had nothing to do with the injury.

    Says every Packer fan ever…

  8. What a baby. Boy, to say they’re soft in Green Bay is an understatement. First ShAaron, then Fabio, and now Cobb. What next, new helmets that won’t mess their hair up?

  9. So on field mic gives you tiny hands? Ok as always. The fact that you just simply cannot run proper route? Excuses excuses excuses. When will these Packers stop making excuses?

  10. Those things are dangerous.

    The competition committee should review the use of mics.

    Maybe a new committee should be formed to study the impact of the mic on the integrity of the game.

    I read that a shell company owned by a subsidiary company owned by a Kraft Holding Corporation actually is responsible for the manufacturing of the mic and Cobb’s injury. Fines, suspensions, draft picks could be coming. Stay tuned.

  11. I can readily believe Cobb because mic packs (even the newer smaller ones) are also a noted safety issue in the theater. The usual hiding place is the small of the back or sometimes the hip, waist area, but these are considered potentially dangerous in falls (both planned and accidental) when stunts or more-athletic action is done. And so engineers work a risk-assessment with the choreographer of the action to decide the safest position, which may well be different for each sequence, with padding and costumes adjusted accordingly. But the trouble is doubled for a football player because he can’t have the mic moved around during the game AND he’s constantly in action sequences – and that’s before you even consider the 300lb guys trying to flatten him.

  12. For you low-information posters here’s a direct quote from Cobb in early February… “The battery pack for the mic was on my shoulder pads. I landed flush on my back during the catch, and I punctured my lung,” Cobb said. “There’s no way to prove that, but it’s kind of crazy that I punctured a lung without fracturing my rib.”

  13. And in other news….Randall Cobb has a frank discussion with Erin Rodgers concerning over thrown balls.

  14. How is the NFL Network supposed to have their Mic’d up shows if players resort to this? What will they put on in it’s place if they cancel that show?

    Maybe they start a new show called, Woman love football, and football loves woman so buy our sexy NFL woman’s clothing and every man will love you.

  15. I love the troll comments about Packers being soft or Rodgers (usually misspelled as Rogers) being inaccurate.

    While their perennial losing team’s color has always been purple, the fans have long been green – with envy.

  16. Dez caught the ball. Even the Packers knew it when they all dropped their heads believing they had just lost the game. The crowd knew it when they went dead silent.

  17. The fact that Rodgers inaccuracy on the pass forced Cobb to vainly stretch out in an unnatural position to attempt a one handed circus catch had nothing to do with the injury.

    Says every Packer fan ever…

    ———-

    I assume you didn’t actually watch the pass, because he was put where it needed to be for the defender to not have a shot at it.

  18. I don’t care if multiple players die each game – it’s vital that I hear the on field sounds. It adds so much to the game experience for me. It’s not possible for me to enjoy a football game unless the players are miked up.

    – signed – a fan who’s been watching for > 40 years

    Seriously – who needs the miked up sound if it can harm the players?

  19. A punctured lung and Cobb was left coughing up blood after his injury? This is not unusual around here.

  20. How surreal to see Viking fans talking about Rodgers poor passing. And how surreal it is to see a packers story where the comment section is nothing but Viking fans.

  21. Smart move.

    Who knows if the mic is what led to his punctured lung, but that was one incredible catch.

  22. abninf says:
    Jun 3, 2016 10:05 AM
    Dez caught the ball. Even the Packers knew it when they all dropped their heads believing they had just lost the game. The crowd knew it when they went dead silent.

    You obviously weren’t there. The crowd was going crazy.. everyone in that stadium knew he dropped that ball.

  23. abninf says:
    Jun 3, 2016 10:05 AM
    Dez caught the ball. Even the Packers knew it when they all dropped their heads believing they had just lost the game. The crowd knew it when they went dead silent.
    ************************

    Even at home watching on TV I knew that ball touched the ground.

  24. It’s a doubled edged sword with the media. On one side it creates more buzz and I’m not going to lie I enjoy listening to players when they are mic’d up but on the other side it does have implications to the integrity of the game. There’s no way the media leaves the game but if there is a portion of it that is causing potential life threatening injuries in theory that portion should be eliminated.

  25. pkrlvr says:
    Jun 3, 2016 10:29 AM
    How surreal to see Viking fans talking about Rodgers poor passing. And how surreal it is to see a packers story where the comment section is nothing but Viking fans.
    —–
    Please see the play where Jordy Nelson tore his ACL. He had to jump high and twist his body in a way which would allow him to catch yet another terrible pass from Rodgers.

    Thanks for playing.

  26. It’s more probable than not that and I’m sure the league is generally aware that mic caused the injury.

    NFLPA should definitely pursue this.

    Profiteering vs Player safety. It’s cool to see Cobb being so relaxed about it but I think personally I’d be a bit more Aaron Rodgers if that was my lung.

  27. I love seeing purple fans waste their time on Packers stories…it just proves how much more obsessed with our team they are than their own. Knowing how much we get under their skin just shows how much better our team is…

    I don’t even read Vikings stories because they don’t apply to me or what I care about. And typically, don’t apply to anyone winning anything.

  28. GenXJay says:
    Jun 3, 2016 7:06 AM

    “UFO’s and the Darkside of the Magic Mic”

    A new documentary by up and coming director, Aaron Rodgers. Starring but who else? Olivia Munn. (cameo appearance: Brett Favre)
    —————

    Olivia Munn? I’ll watch it.

  29. what’s the point of these mics anyway, to listen to a bunch of grunting and rah rah BS? I’d rather listen to Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth…on second thought, I think mute may be the best option.

  30. I heard Rodgers saying that he won’t participate in anymore overtime coin tosses if the NFL is only going to give the Packer two chances to win the toss.

  31. Gotta give credit where credit is due… Cody had his usual minimum of 3 posts on a Packer article, and while they were still mostly incoherent and made no sense whatsoever, he actually didn’t repeat himself in each one… at least one of the three was slightly different from the other two! Attaboy Cody!

  32. bordner says:
    Jun 3, 2016 4:27 PM
    Gotta give credit where credit is due… Cody had his usual minimum of 3 posts on a Packer article, and while they were still mostly incoherent and made no sense whatsoever, he actually didn’t repeat himself in each one… at least one of the three was slightly different from the other two! Attaboy Cody!

    ———–

    Agreed. But what do the thumbs up on those posts tell us about Vikings fans? I’d be embarrassed if we had a Packers fan posting these inane comments. And I’d ignore every one, not thumbs up them.

    I’ve never seen so many unfunny comments end in Lol.

  33. gtodriver says:
    Jun 3, 2016 8:10 AM

    The fact that Rodgers inaccuracy on the pass forced Cobb to vainly stretch out in an unnatural position to attempt a one handed circus catch had nothing to do with the injury.

    Says every Packer fan ever…
    ==================================
    Hard to believe it, but every QB in the league, good or bad, throws inaccurate passes, at a clip of 35% to 40% of the time.

    Every wide receiver, in every game, goes for passes where they extend, dive, or contort their bodies to catch a ball. Fact is, that was a very accurate long pass and a great try by Cobb to bring the ball in as he was going down.

    Of course, the casual or new fan may not realize this, but these types of plays occur all of the time.

    There are even some uninitiated NFL fans that think that Jordy Nelson’s injury was the QB’s fault. He simply jumped straight up in the air, made a catch, and landed awkwardly.

    Good luck to you, new NFL fans! I hope that as time passes, you learn about the game and enjoy it. It’s a great spectator sport, whether you’re there or watching it by some other media, and it becomes even better as you gain knowledge about the game, which will allow you to make intelligent analyses and statements about the action.

  34. The microphone that Packers players were wearing was pointless, because all it ever picked up was the Vikings, Lions, and Bears players wishing they played for the Packers.

  35. abninf says:
    Jun 3, 2016 10:05 AM
    Dez caught the ball. Even the Packers knew it when they all dropped their heads believing they had just lost the game. The crowd knew it when they went dead silent.
    _____________________________
    Patently False.

    Give the Cowboys the ball or even seven points it would not have mattered. The Packers had scored TDs on EVERY single possession since halftime. There was still plenty of time left and Rodgers had been unstoppable all day. In reality the refs did you a favor by CORRECTLY interpreting the rules and sparing you any further embarrassment.

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