Matt LaFleur takes responsibility for “miscommunication” on Scotty Miller touchdown

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Mike Pettine no longer is with the Packers, but the team’s former defensive coordinator still is taking heat in Green Bay for allowing Scotty Miller‘s touchdown before halftime in the NFC Championship Game.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported head coach Matt LaFleur wanted one coverage but Pettine called another. Miller scored a 39-yard touchdown with 1 second left in the first half.

LaFleur said immediately after the game: “It was man coverage. Definitely not the right call for the situation.”

LaFleur was asked Monday whether he called for a different coverage than the one the Packers ran.

“That was just a flat-out miscommunication and ultimately, anytime something like that occurs, that 100 percent falls squarely on my shoulders,” LaFleur said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “I’ve got to make sure that I’m crystal clear with our communication and those mistakes cannot happen, especially when the stakes are so big, in particular, we pride ourselves on being great in situations. Bottom line is all calls go through me. So I don’t care who makes the call; it’s all my fault. Bottom line: I’m responsible for every play call — offense, defense, special teams — and that every call goes through me. So if I’m ever unhappy with a call, I have the ability to do something about it. And that’s all I’m going to really say about that.”

27 responses to “Matt LaFleur takes responsibility for “miscommunication” on Scotty Miller touchdown

  1. Classic case of closing the barn door after the horses have escaped….Pettine has already taken the fall, what is LaFleur looking for now?

  2. He’s terrible. Our coach Zimmer always takes responsibility and never throws anyone under the bus.

  3. No one is going to buy that. He already fired Pettine. I don’t even know why he’s tryin g to take responsibility for it now.

  4. Pettine got himself fired. He deserved it for the defense he put out there all season long. LaFluer is also right, he is to blame.

  5. Ok, so he took responsibility by firing the defensive coordinator. I guess that’s one way of looking at it. That TD pass was more about a DB getting beat, and a perfect throw, and a gutsy call. I was more concerned with the offensive play selection. Well, maybe Pettine was calling the offensive plays, too.

  6. How come no one can accept the fact that Tampa is actually a solid team with the best team leader in the game?

  7. Growing up and taking responsibility a week late is better than not at all but 8 days is a long time to make it sound like you were blaming someone else and taking no responsibility.

  8. Rodgers and the offense was lackadaisical and letting time run off the clock with a minute left in the half and multiple timeouts. And then he throws a terrible pick at midfield which you absolutely cannot do in that situation.

    The defense never should have been on the field in the first place. Rodgers and the offense are as much to blame for that as Pettine and the defense.

  9. Hopefully next time it doesn’t take 8 days to realize it was “his” responsibility.

  10. “We win and lose as a team .. except for me of course …”

    .. and we wonder why Rodgers wants out of there ?

  11. vikingprideforever says:
    February 1, 2021 at 8:30 pm
    Hopefully next time it doesn’t take 8 days to realize it was “his” responsibility
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Shouldn’t Viking Fan be more concerned about Zimmer getting fired before Thanksgiving?

  12. I don’t care what coverage was called, why the heck was Kevin King staring into the backfield while his man ran past him on basically a 4th and goal?

  13. This late you can’t put the paste back into the tube. The offense was far more to blame for that loss than the defense. Arron was showing his arrogance in thinking he could pass his way out of this loss and ending up with interceptions instead. On top of that Matt LaFleur is trying to take the responsibility away from Arron and put it on a defensive call that was bad but in reality the offense was to blame. All they are trying to do now is placate the supposed goat and as usual, stroke his ego. All of you know who I’m talking about. They still want him around to train Love for another year or two. You can talk about the Vikings all you want, but this is a dumpster fire.

  14. And then he throws a terrible pick at midfield which you absolutely cannot do in that situation
    ——
    Terrible pick? It was tight coverage but the defender clearly held the receiver to the point he pulled him off the play and put himself in it. Wasn’t a terrible pick at all, it was a terrible miss by the ref.

  15. How exactly is he taking responsibility? Saying you’re taking responsibility is just words and as empty a gesture as you can take.

  16. Rodgers and the offense was lackadaisical and letting time run off the clock with a minute left in the half and multiple timeouts. And then he throws a terrible pick at midfield which you absolutely cannot do in that situation.
    =====

    Blatant pass interference on that one. Lazard got hooked and redirected.

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