Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was not happy with the performance of his team on Monday night. In all three phases of the game, the Packers made crucial mistakes in crucial moments. However, the Packers took a one-point lead with a minute and a half to play and just needed to stop Tommy DeVito in order to win the game. The defense gave up chunk plays and the Giants kicked an easy field goal to win the game. After the game, LaFleur gave his opinion on the last defensive series.
Matt LaFleur on that last defensive series:
"We obviously gave up too many chunk plays, lost our leverage twice and gave up, like I said explosive plays. Explosive plays lead to points… it was just bad ball."
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Green Bay Packers Matt LaFleur On Last Defensive Series
LaFleur didn’t seem too happy with how the players played in the last series. Keisean Nixon especially got absolutely cooked for the biggest gain on the drive which was the dagger play. LaFleur called it “bad ball.”
“We obviously gave up too many chunk plays, lost our leverage twice and gave up, like I said explosive plays. Explosive plays lead to points… it was just bad ball.”
Even before the big play to Wan’Dale Robinson, the Giants had no issue picking up six to nine yards each play. With a minute and a half, two timeouts, and only needing a field goal, New York was happy to take those small chunk plays.
This Can’t Keep Happening
It is so hard to listen to LaFleur and others talk about this when the problem is self-inflicted. This is the problem with Joe Barry’s scheme. It is meant to not give up big plays. However, when big plays aren’t needed, the scheme is useless. The Giants didn’t need to score a touchdown. They simply needed a field goal. They were happy to take the small chunks because they had plenty of time to do so. I hope that this is a game that LaFleur looks at in the offseason when evaluating who to bring back. Nothing will change while Barry is the defensive coordinator.
I hate to say this but I would be surprised if Matt LaFleur moves on from Barry at the end of the season. The Green Bay Packers will continue to have performances like this until something drastically changes.