Originally posted on Packers Notes  |  Last updated 9/18/12
Replacement officials are allowing defensive backs a lot more contact The Packers’ high-powered offense has been very ordinary through two games. Blame the competition. The 49ers are one of the best defensive teams in the entire league and the Bears’ disciplined Cover-2 scheme has often given Green Bay fits. Blame the quarterback. Aaron Rodgers has been a little off all summer. Blame the receivers. They have dropped easy passes and failed to make difficult ones. And while you’re at it, blame the zebras. The replacement officials obviously know that defenders can’t touch receivers after five yards, but for some reason, they seem unwilling to enforce the rule on a consistent basis. Thanks to NFL Rewind (probably the best $69 I’ve ever spent), I was able to watch the coaches’ tape of the season-opener. It was shocking to see how physical San Francisco’s defensive backs were with Green Bay’s receivers. I counted at least a half-dozen plays where a corner, safety or linebacker had his h...
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