Matt LaFleur “pretty upset” with himself after failed PI challenge

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The first pass interference challenge in regular season history came in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game between the Packers and Bears in Chicago.

After a 15-yard catch by Bears wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, Packers coach Matt LaFleur threw the red flag and told officials he believed that Gabriel pushed cornerback Jaire Alexander while breaking toward the ball. While there was some contact between the players, there wasn’t much to suggest that the on-field officials had missed a clear and obvious case of interference and it didn’t take long for the call to be upheld upon review.

LaFleur could be seen berating himself on the sideline and continued his self-criticism after the game.

“I was pretty upset with myself,” LaFleur said, via Michael Silver of NFL Media. “I saw the play live and felt like he pushed off, but it’s got to be clear and obvious for them to overturn it — and clearly, it wasn’t clear and obvious enough. I felt pretty sick. That was a big play. It could have hurt us. But thankfully, our defense bailed us out.”

The Bears also helped bail the Packers out. Left tackle Charles Leno was penalized on the next two plays and Gabriel was flagged for a much more obvious offensive pass interference a play after that to give the Bears a first-and-40 from their own 27-yard-line.

That led to a punt that was followed by a Packers field goal and an interception that made LaFleur’s bad decision a footnote in his head coaching debut.

28 responses to “Matt LaFleur “pretty upset” with himself after failed PI challenge

  1. All I know is……as of today…….the Packers have a Top Ten Defense and the best record in the NFL.

  2. On replay, I saw a full arm extension that shoved the CB further away from the ball and helped move the WR back toward the ball. Subtle, but obvious.

    I’m surprised they didn’t call offensive PI and wondering just how often they actually will this season.

  3. All of the NFL coaches will likely have a moment this year, like LaFleur, when they see a pass play and have to decide whether or not to take a chance on challenging the opposing receiver’s play under the new rule. MF made seemingly few mistakes in last night’s game, but the challenge was one of them and he’ll learn.

  4. I’m glad MLF admitted that was a stupid PI challenge and won’t be doing that again in a similar situation.

    It’s nice to have a head coach that will openly admit a mistake and learn from it. One thing I love about Matt is his honesty.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  5. stellarperformance says:
    September 6, 2019 at 7:30 am
    All I know is……as of today…….the Packers have a Top Ten Defense and the best record in the NFL.

    8 7 Rate This

    ——-

    That ends Sunday…

  6. With a zillion refs on the field and one head coach, why is a coach responsible for fixing the mistakes of the refs? That red flag system is idiotic.

  7. I’m glad he threw it. This way, other coaches can see what not to do and won’t waste more time with such idiotic challenges. Welcome to 3 hour and 40 minute games.

  8. Everyone is knocking that challenge but Chicago had all the momentum before that and the “Time-Out” pretty much gave the defense a chance to reset and settle down and then choke the Bears.

  9. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    September 6, 2019 at 9:43 am
    Packer fans meanwhile are grateful to have a GM who saw that the defense needed to be remade and did a great job of it

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Remember, you beat trubisky, with no running game and only 1 receiver. And only by 7.

  10. Packers should have tried to put the game away on the drive that ended in a field goal. They just tried to run the clock down on that series. They were clearly too conservative on offense. It only works if your defense is good and they were lucky that Trubisky was awful. If they try the same thing with New England or Kansas CIty or Pittsburgh, they would have lost the game.

  11. It use to be extending your arm like that was always a flag. Orange gloves didnt help. It was iffy but I didnt mind the challenge. If you ask me they let receivers push off far too much. Defensive player breathes on a receiver and a flag comes out.

  12. I’m surprised they called the one on Gabriel because it didn’t look that obvious – but it sure was crucial. But surprised they didn’t call Hicks for running Rodgers into the ground after he had thrown.
    Not much mention of two penalties by Tramon Williams which were dumb considering his experience level. .

  13. Nothing to be upset about worked out perfectly for the Packers. Bears had all the momentum on that drive. After the review bears self destructed. Before ya knew it, it was 1st and 40! LoL
    So nothing to be upset about unless your a Bears fan.

  14. Packers fans bragging about week 1 power ranking and their amazing d after 1 game. Oh boy. That sounds about right. reminds me of last year when they were bragging about a 5th ranked d in week 5

  15. September 6, 2019 at 4:27 pm
    Packers fans bragging about week 1 power ranking and their amazing d after 1 game. Oh boy. That sounds about right. reminds me of last year when they were bragging about a 5th ranked d in week 5
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    If all one ever does is pick fights, they lose their sense of humor……like this guy.

  16. > Remember, you beat trubisky, with no running game and only 1 receiver. And only by 7.

    Says a fan of the team that lost twice to Trubisky last year, the final one when Da Bares had nothing to play for while his team had to win to make the playoffs.

  17. Beat Trubisky with no running game? The Packers D stopped the run is why Trubisky had to pass so much. Cohen and Montgomery are good RB’s. No WR’s? He has more talent at WR than Aaron does according to Vikings fan.

    We all realize Vikings fan is very butthurt that the Packers beat the Bears.

    Poor Barney

  18. “That said, head coach Matt Nagy didn’t do Trubisky or the offense any favors. He called a John DiFilippo-like 53 pass plays to only 15 runs, one of which was Cordarrelle Patterson up the middle on third and 1. The result was a two yard loss.

    Tarik Cohen had no carries. Rookie David Montgomery, who we’ve been told is a dynamo, had six carries for 18 yards. At one point, with the score 7-3, Nagy called 30 straight passing plays. ”

    Trubisky missed open receivers, made wrong reads, threw into coverage, and stayed locked on the initial read for most of the game. His play took a large step back.

  19. Aaron Rodgers on the lone touchdown drive:
    4-4 (100%)
    74 yards
    1:0 TD:INT
    Zero sacks
    158.3 rating

    Aaron Rodgers on every other drive:
    14-26 (54%)
    129 yards
    0:0 TD:INT
    Five sacks
    67.6 rating

    Rodgers’d decline? Lack of quality WRs? A bit of both most likley

  20. Ok, we get that you are totally butthurt.

    Don’t worry…this will feel like nothing compared to the feeling you will have at 3 p.m. on Sept 15th.👌

  21. Just ignore fans of the terrible franchise to the immediate west.

    VS the Bears with Mack, Rodgers and Brady are the only QBs to top 100 for a QB rating. If you lower it to 90, Rodgers has TWO games above that threshold.

    Where is their savior? The $84 Million Man?

    Oh. Mid 70s. And they’re trying to tell us our QB is declining?

    Nah.

  22. freefromwhatyouare says:
    September 7, 2019 at 12:04 pm
    Ok, we get that you are totally butthurt.

    Don’t worry…this will feel like nothing compared to the feeling you will have at 3 p.m. on Sept 15th

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Please child

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