Players cleaned out their lockers on Tuesday and a number of them were asked about Capers’ departure. Two players stepped forward with the same response — players weren’t held accountable for mistakes.
The first guy would know something about that. Cornerback Damarious Randall was benched early in the season after blowing an assignment against the Chicago Bears. An argument ensued and Randall was sent to the locker room early.
Interestingly, when Randall came back the next week, it started a stretch where he played his best football of the season. While he was held accountable, it sounds like he was the only one.
“Players weren’t executing what they were being told, and I feel like maybe (that) wasn’t being enforced enough, that we were still allowing guys on the field that wasn’t getting the job done,” Randall said.
Rumor is Randall was referring to rookie safety Josh Jones, although he never mentioned his name. Jones played 730 snaps on the year. He had but one interception and PFF gave him a final grade of 48.1, which reflects a totally pathetic level of play.
You could probably throw cornerback Quinten Rollins in there too, although he got injured, so didn’t get nearly as many snaps as Jones.
Now, this one I find downright HILARIOUS! Who else talked about accountability, you ask?
Why, Mr. Accountable himself, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, of course!
“We go from our starters to basically free-agent players. Sometimes that can hurt as we’ve seen through the years that I’ve been here, that we don’t have the guys behind us that we had. Jarrett Bush here when I was a rookie. We don’t have the Micah Hydes that can step in, we don’t have the Chris Banjos or the Sean Richardsons that can step in and be held accountable. I think that’s the biggest thing we’re missing.”
Keep in mind this is a guy who did this in the season finale.
Considering Clinton-Dix plays about 99 percent of the Packers’ defensive snaps, it’s clear no one has ever held him accountable for missing tackles or blowing assignments. Those are two things he did plenty of 2017.
Maybe Randall was talking about Clinton-Dix, as well.
Either way, it doesn’t much matter and comes as no surprise. The Packers never bench anyone. Once you’re a starter, you only get pulled if you’re injured.
It’s not just the Dom Capers way. It’s the Mike McCarthy way, too.