Damarious Randall on Packers: “They traded away all their good players and they expect Aaron Rodgers to just be magical.’

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Cleveland Browns safety Damarious Randall spent his first three seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He started 30 of 39 career games in Green Bay at cornerback before being traded to the Browns this offseason in a trade that sent DeShone Kizer to the Packers with a swap of draft picks.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Randall was asked his thoughts on the changes in Green Bay as head coach Mike McCarthy was fired after last Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Randall didn’t hold back in his assessment as he was asked about whether McCarthy can still be a successful head coach in the evolving NFL.

“I don’t know,’’ Randall said of McCarthy. “They traded away all their good players and they expect Aaron Rodgers to just be magical. The magic hasn’t been so magical lately. But other than that, I don’t know.”

Randall was traded. Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix (to Washington), Ty Montgomery (to Baltimore) and Brett Hundley (to Seattle) were traded during the season this year. Several other key veterans have been allowed to leave in free agency or released in recent seasons (Jordy Nelson, T.J. Lang, Josh Sitton, Casey Heyward, etc.). There likely isn’t only one area to affix blame for the slide of the Packers, but the erosion of talent on the roster is certainly a contributing factor as Rodgers has been asked to make something happen out of nothing far too regularly.

Randall expressed support for McCarthy as a head coach and curiosity over what the Packers are attempting to do under new G.M. Brian Gutekunst.

“The G.M. that drafted me (Ted Thompson) was no longer there,’’ said Randall. “So the guy that came in (Brian Gutekunst) felt they wanted to go a different direction. I’ve got nothing but respect for him. Just tell him thank you. I don’t know what they were doing, but it is what it is.”

56 responses to “Damarious Randall on Packers: “They traded away all their good players and they expect Aaron Rodgers to just be magical.’

  1. Their #1 problem was drafting. Letting the old players go is just business. The last 5 drafts have included like 7 DBs in rounds either 1 or 2. They have had too many misses for late offensive linemen that never developed and no pass rusher with misses like Datone Jones and Nick Perry (but they paid him).

    This is the cycle of most teams, the Packers only made their run last longer with superior QB play and Thompson drafted pretty well late for a few years. It is easier to build a team with a QB on a rookie contract and the team had been drafting in the top 15 for 4 years. It gets a lot harder once you have to pay your QB and your team is drafting in the late 20s every year. Chiefs and Rams will be here one day soon and luck to get 1 Super Bowl. Eagles got their very quick by skewing old too much in free agency and have cap problems.

    Packers have wholes all over their roster but a draft like the Saints had they can have the talent to be contenders again. Gute has the picks, lets see what he does with them.

  2. Its not hard to get rid of players who quit at halftime and leave the stadium like Randall did in 2017. He played well as a rookie but has been a circus clown ever since.

  3. Never should’ve let Casey Heyward go. Also, could’ve let Charles Woodson finish his career in GB. Could’ve been a great leader the D has lacked since his departure. He still balled his last 2 years in Oakland.

  4. Don’t know which “good” players he’s talking about. None of the defensive players drafted in the early rounds really panned out. Some are above average but no dominant.

  5. Thompsons drafts from 2013 – 15 were pretty bad. I think there’s only 4 or 5 of those picks left on the roster. Those drafts should have produced at least 12 core players, maybe more. There’s your downfall.

  6. “Randall was traded. Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix (to Washington), Ty Montgomery (to Baltimore) and Brett Hundley (to Seattle) were traded during the season this year. Several other key veterans have been allowed to leave in free agency or released in recent seasons (Jordy Nelson, T.J. Lang, Josh Sitton, Casey Heyward, etc.).”

    I think Randall thinks he is x Raider. Who are all these best players” Green Bay has dealt off?

    True that they way over rely on Rodgers–for many years. But this is not a team that lights it up with player personal decisions and draft steals, this has basically been a weak organization, with extremely sub par coaching and a qb that has indeed spoiled fans and club by pulling off miracles. So now, the qb has been a bit too busy shooting tv endorsements, had himself a really poor season (by his standards), and all the organizational and coaching blemishes are have the spot light shined on them. But let us not kid ourselves that these players that have been sent away qualify as “team’s best”.

  7. I wish to add that teams who pay huge bucks to their qb usually are pretty tight when it comes to justifying the salary of the others on the roster. Same goes for teams that pay absurd $$s to name head coaches, then struggle to recruit the valuable assistant coaches.

  8. They don’t miss Randall, and lets say for a second the Packers kept Haha…. MM was still got at the end of the year, and lets say they make Haha the highest paid player on the defense, thats a mistake, because you have 9 players in front of him that can be better whether it being a shut down DB or a great pass rusher, having the Safety being the highest paid defensive player is and always be…. bad news for the the team.

  9. The problem with the cheeseheads is that they just paid Rodgers an obscene amount and he can’t actually give value on that contract… THAT’S HOW NUTTY the gb leadership is; hof player can’t even make good return on that contract. This is why Seattle, Dallas for a minute, and now the Chiefs and Rams succeeded; cheap QBs from rookie contract. You can get 3 game changers or 2 stars for that cash. Also rodgers is just not that amazing this year, that contract gonna hurt if it’s due to age and injury.

  10. The Packers struck gold getting Favre, Reggie White, and Rodgers. Outside of that, they don’t even know what talent smells like. That’s why they have 2 SBs with 2 HOF QBs.

  11. The “good players” listed either aren’t good or were in steep decline, apart from Heyward. Thompson had some bad picks, some bad luck with injuries, buy also took a bunch of players who helped win a Super Bowl. Not a lot of GMs can say that.

  12. They do trade a lot of good talent away and always try to do things on “the cheap”. They trade people away rather than pay them. Lang, Sitton, Dix, Heward, Hyde all talented players traded and replaced with people of less talent! You can not run a team like that and expect to contend for championships even with Aaron Rodgers.

  13. Or maybe they spent all of their money on said quarterback at the expense of a well rounded team. Tom Brady gives hometown discounts and is in the dance each year. Do the math.

  14. We fleeced the Packers with that trade.

    Randall has quietly had a very good season at safety for us.

    Kizer on there other hand……..

  15. None of the players that are mentioned as leaving haven’t exactly gone elsewhere to light things up. The biggest head scratcher was releasing Jordy to sign Graham. I just think the team is slowing down and starting to go south. Rodgers best days are behind him, and this is what GB fans can expect for the next several years until Rodgers is gone. Better start that QB grooming now.

  16. Not having draft picks turn out was a problem. Letting the players go was not. Now, please set your sights on Matthews and Cobb.

  17. Rodgers “new” contract was based on long past performance.

    He was coming off a serious injury – for the second time in the last 5 years.

    With the exception of the 2014 season, he has not been the QB that Packer fans remember from his glory days (2010 – 2012).

    2013 – Injured

    2014 – 11 – 5 and a very solid year.

    2015 – 17th in passing yards – losing the NFC North title at home in week 17 (leading Packers to only 1 TD drive)

    2016 – Not a bad year – but 10 – 6 is not a great season.

    2017 – Injured again.

    It would have been prudent to wait until at least midseason for Rodgers to be able to prove he might still “have it”.

    The GM’s desire to keep the petulant QB happy overrode common sense – and they decided to give Rodgers the fat new contract (highest paid player in the NFL) that his current abilities can’t match.

    Seriously – wouldn’t waiting two or three more months (if not the whole season) made more sense?

  18. Or maybe they spent all of their money on said quarterback at the expense of a well rounded team. Tom Brady gives hometown discounts and is in the dance each year. Do the math.
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    Aaron Rodgers cap number
    2018 – $20,900,000
    2019 – $26,500,000

    Tom Brady
    2018 – $22,000,000
    2019 – $27,000,000

    Stop with the myths and lies.

  19. We fleeced the Packers with that trade.

    Randall has quietly had a very good season at safety for us.
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    They traded him because they thought he had an attitude problem.

    And technically, he did. He walked out on the team DURING a game.

    There’s no coming back from that.

  20. None of the players that are mentioned as leaving haven’t exactly gone elsewhere to light things up.
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    Sitton and Lang continued to play at All-Pro level after leaving. Sitton was PFFs highest rated interior lineman last year, #4 overall.

    … the interior line has been a cr@p sandwich all year, and might be the key to the offenses struggles.

  21. Hayward BURNS.

    He was everything the Packers needed at corner. Charles Woodson-lite… AND he was Packer People.

    The type of mistake that costs you your job.

  22. I saw haha standing in the end zone watching the other team score this weekend.

    Looks like more of the same out in Washington.

    He might be a touch overrated.

  23. Not having draft picks turn out was a problem. Letting the players go was not. Now, please set your sights on Matthews and Cobb.
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    They can take their place in line BEHIND Nick Perry..

  24. None of the players that are mentioned as leaving haven’t exactly gone elsewhere to light things up
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    Hayward has.

    Led the League in picks in 2016, All-Pro in 2016 and 2017.

  25. aarons444 says:
    December 7, 2018 at 10:03 am
    Not having draft picks turn out was a problem. Letting the players go was not. Now, please set your sights on Matthews and Cobb.
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    They can take their place in line BEHIND Nick Perry..

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    No, they can’t. Perry’s contract will keep him around for another season, but Cobb and Matthews have cleared the books.

  26. No, they can’t. Perry’s contract will keep him around for another season, but Cobb and Matthews have cleared the books.
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    $11mil to cut Perry, if I read it right.. They would save $6.6mil in bonuses for 2019-2021.

    .. if the new coach runs the Seattle scheme, I could see Perry having a spot. Otherwise, I think you bite the bullet and cut him loose.

    One of the worst signings in team history. Right there with Hunt.

  27. Many thanks to the Viking trolls for their heartfelt advice on improving the Packers.

    It can’t be easy to care about us that much while your guaranteed dreams are turning into a guaranteed nightmare. Again.

  28. As the most well respected Vikings fan here I can speak for all Vikings fans when I say we are fearful of who the Packers hire as head coach.

    I have said 8-7-1 is our destiny this season and that will not get Zimm or Spielman fired. It is interesting that the Packers admit this is a failed season to them and are now on a positive path to a new coach and direction. The Packers are moving in the right direction. The Vikings ship is taking on water and we are doing absolutely nothing about it.

  29. Never should’ve let Casey Heyward go. Also, could’ve let Charles Woodson finish his career in GB. Could’ve been a great leader the D has lacked since his departure. He still balled his last 2 years in Oakland.
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    Woodson wouldn’t take a pay cut and was released.

    Capers wouldn’t move him to S full time, so it was just as well. Capers was stuck on the notion that he was still a slot corner, and the same player he was when he won DPOY.

    I’m glad that Woodson moved on and had a couple more good seasons.

    I don’t think that would have happened here.

  30. I can’t really blame the Packers because the formula Randall describes, having Rodgers carry a garbage roster, has had some success, albeit limited. However now that Rodgers is in decline and can no longer carry the team they are stuck with a garbage roster and a jerk QB who is pouting more than ever now that he is in decline and having everyone fired because of it.

  31. Meanwhile, Bellichik and the Pats continue their 17 year run as one of the top teams. Face it, Bellichik is the best coach ever, and Brady the best QB ever. As a Steelers fan, I’m jealous!

  32. If Brady’s cap numbers are close to Rodgers what does that say for the ability of the Packers front office to put a talented team around him . They should have looked at the consequences of giving him all that money with such a lack of talent . Now they will be spending a few years in cap hell.

  33. They traded away their average players and expected Rodgers to be magical…they have no really good players….fixed it for ya.

  34. Dear Bears and Lions fans, thank you for being classy on PFT. You do the right thing and focus on your own team, and opponent for that particular week. I wish you both the best in your upcoming games.

  35. Another country heard from.

    If Randall counts himself as “one of the good players,” he sure did not show it in Green Bay after his rookie season.

  36. jimmysee says:
    December 7, 2018 at 1:32 pm
    Another country heard from.

    If Randall counts himself as “one of the good players,” he sure did not show it in Green Bay after his rookie season.

    =—
    That’s because Green Bay played him out of position at CB. Now that he is back at safety in Cleveland he is doing well.

  37. I can’t really blame the Packers because the formula Randall describes, having Rodgers carry a garbage roster, has had some success, albeit limited. However now that Rodgers is in decline and can no longer carry the team they are stuck with a garbage roster and a grumpy eliest QB who is pouting more than ever now that he is in decline and having everyone fired because of it.

  38. I’ll admit, I skipped the previous comments. So, if I’m repeating, forgive me.

    Is this really Rogers fault? McCarthy’s fault? There have been visible failures with this team. But, could it be the front office both past & present administrations?

    I’m NOT a Packers fan (my son is though).

    The population loves the fact that the Packers are, “publicly owned.” But, in most cases, when someone is vested in the operation, the best decisions are made (sorry, Cleveland, I don’t even know how to explain what you’re going through.) The decision process needs to become more accountable. Period.

  39. The Packers certainly have avoided going “all-in, all-now,” as the Vikings had to do. I can’t really blame the Vikings. They mistakenly believed all they required was Cousins to “fix” a “near-perfect” roster. However, Cousins has shown he is only minimally better than the guy he replaced, and at big-money that could be better spent elsewhere. Big mistake. The entire team is now in-decline compared to last year, and they are now stuck with a roster of pretenders and an apple-polishing QB who is sugar-coating the decline to appease the purple-blind fans. He’ll end up being an overpaid coach-killer and will get people fired.

  40. If Brady’s cap numbers are close to Rodgers what does that say for the ability of the Packers front office to put a talented team around him . They should have looked at the consequences of giving him all that money with such a lack of talent . Now they will be spending a few years in cap hell.
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    The cap is more than fine. Nobody does it better than Russ Ball.

    They’re well under for 2019 and 2020, and only 3 core players will need new deals between now and then.

    The personnel is clearly not fine.

  41. They didn’t get rid of anyone who was any good. Aside from Clinton-Di. (Who always seemed to be a step behind) the rest were washed up or just sucked, including Randall. Randall would still be in Green Bay if he were better than his back up. Dude couldn’t cover anyone and always pointed fingers every time he got burned. The best thing that ever happened to Randall was being traded. He realized right then that if he didn’t play up to his potential, he would be back in the real world looking for a job.

  42. packsupersoldier says:
    December 7, 2018 at 1:18 am
    This is true of Casey Hayward and Micah Hyde, but the only mistake with Randall was drafting him in the first place.
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    Micah Hyde was playing slot LB. good in the run, but not a TRUE CB at the NFL level, and MAYBE a starting safety but not over Burnett or Clinton Dix. He recieved a pay day which GB wasn’t going to match for what they ask him to do, much like J C Tretter.

    Casey Hayward was almost ALWAYS injured, he started out great as a rookie but then never got back on the field after an injury, that would be like getting mad at GB for Kevin King who flashes talent, but isn’t on the field moves on some how stays healthy for 3 years straight and goes to the pro bowl, or if Justin Harrell turned into a beast.

  43. I live in Florida and have always liked the Packers. Before the season I bought one of those cheese hats and now I just look stupid.

  44. I’m guessing the fact that Randalls current team switched his position back to the one he played in college and he now leads them in interceptions is a bitter pill to swallow for some people.

    Cleveland might have been the best thing to happen to him.

  45. Casey Hayward was almost ALWAYS injured, he started out great as a rookie but then never got back on the field after an injury
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    Wrong

    3 of 4 seasons, he played in all 16 games

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