Jaire Alexander: Missed playoff tackle “fueled me” for offseason

NFL: JAN 22 NFC Divisional Round - 49ers at Packers
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Cornerback Jaire Alexander landed a big new contract from the Packers this offseason, but that wasn’t enough to wipe out the bad taste in his mouth from the end of the 2021 season.

Alexander missed the final 13 games of the regular season because of a shoulder injury and then returned for the Packers’ playoff opener against the 49ers. He played sparingly and didn’t look like himself when he missed a tackle on Deebo Samuel on a 49ers conversion that set up a game-winning field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter.

Alexander said this week that the whiff has served as a motivating factor for his offseason work

“It was super bitter, man. I was only in for less than 10 plays, and I missed a tackle. I was so upset about that missed tackle,” Alexander said, via Jason Wilde of Madison.com. “That was my first time tackling in a few months, so I was pissed, honestly. It was more mental. And that fueled me for this offseason.”

There were plenty of reasons for the Packers to have regrets about their early playoff ouster last season. If enough of them turn into motivating factors for the coming year, they may be able to turn it into a deeper postseason run this time around.

10 responses to “Jaire Alexander: Missed playoff tackle “fueled me” for offseason

  1. Alexander was not healthy enough to have been on the field that day, as evidenced by the number of snaps that he got, and that is on the coaches.

  2. Alexander is a big part of why that packer defense is considered soft

  3. Jaire’s constant pursuit of perfection helped fuel his meteoric ascension into becoming the best shut down corner in the NFL.

  4. Alexander worked his ass off to get himself healthy enough to play in that game and he should be commended for his efforts.
    There is, in fact, plenty of blame to go around for last year’s early postseason ouster. (Viking turds, insert inane comments here.)

    When Jaire is healthy he is one of the best corners in the game and I would expect him to return to form opening day.
    Looking forward to finally seeing a secondary fueled by the opportunistic Douglas, the burgeoning Stokes, and the elite Alexander, all on the field at the same time.

    If this defense continues to progress with good health and some assistance from our top two draft picks, 2022 is going to be fun.
    Well, for Packer fans anyway. 😉

  5. Alexander is a big part of why the Packers defense is getting better every year.
    And maybe this year the Packers will have their two best Offensive linemen in the playoffs. That would be helpful.

  6. cheeseisfattening says:
    June 9, 2022 at 10:07 am

    Alexander is a big part of why that packer defense is considered soft

    Tell me you don’t watch Packer football without telling me you don’t watch Packer football. 😉

  7. The coaching staff forced a lot of players to come back too soon last year. Bakhtiari, Alexander and Smith. None of them were ready.

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