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Packers' defense staying course in face of questionable flags

Oct. 29, 2012
 

It’s been more than a month since the NFL jettisoned its replacement officials, but the head-scratching calls have continued for the Green Bay Packers’ defense.

In what’s become a recurring trend since the Packers’ infamous 14-12 loss to Seattle on Sept. 24, the teams’ defense was again tagged with a questionable personal foul penalty during the second quarter of Sunday’s 24-15 win over Jacksonville.

With the Packers leading 14-3 midway through the quarter, Davon House appeared to make a physical, but clean breakup of a Blaine Gabbert pass intended for Justin Blackmon, who’s helmet fell off upon making contact with House.

The violence of the play drew a flag from the officials, who then awarded Jacksonville a first down, making the play the latest in a series of debatable calls to go against the Packers’ defense this season.

“Davon’s doing what we ask him to do,” said Packers coach Dom Capers on Monday. “I think he was breaking for the ball, and there happened to be a collision – which, that’s what this game’s about. I don’t think there was any intent, if the offensive player’s helmet hadn’t come off, I don’t think it would have been called, but he’s doing what we’re coaching him to do.”

The penalty, ruled illegal contact to a defenseless receiver, follows a barrage of calls that have gone against the Packers — from linebacker Erik Walden’s roughing the passer call in Seattle to rookie Nick Perry’s hit on Andrew Luck in Indianapolis, which he was fined $15,000 for.

As they usually do, Capers confirmed the Packers have already sent their video to the NFL for further evaluation and assessment with House’s personal foul included.

“We’ve tried to make a lot of adjustments as far as staying away from the head and all those types of things, but if you’re back there and the ball’s thrown and you’re going for the ball and he’s going for the ball, there’s going to be a collision,” Capers said.

“I wouldn’t tell Davon (to play different), I’d tell him to keep playing with the same aggressiveness that he did there. The inside receiver broke out and the ball was in the air and he was going for the football.”

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