There are not many things that Packers fans agree on. One of those few things is that Amari Rodgers should not be returning punts anymore. After another fumble on Sunday, fans are screaming for the Packers to remove him as the returner. The only people that seemed on board were the people that matter, the Packers coaching staff. Today, Matt LaFleur revealed the plans for Amari Rodgers on special teams.
Matt LaFleur Reveals Plans for Amari Rodgers On Special Teams
Matt LaFleur confirmed today that the Packers are moving on from Amari Rodgers on punt returns. He didn’t say who would replace him — they’re still “working through it” —, but after sleeping on it, they’ll try another option Thursday night.
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This coaching staff seems to be about four weeks too late to the game. Matt LaFleur confirmed today that the plan is to move on from Amari Rodgers on special teams. As a Packers fan, all I can say is finally. LaFleur did not say who would be returning punts on Thursday night against the Titans but at this point, I don’t think any Packers fan cares who it is. Amari Rodgers had a chance to make his mark on special teams and he has blown his opportunity.
Fumbles Doom Amari Rodgers
Fumbles on punt returns are among the most devastating mistakes in football. The defense has just gotten a stop. Instead of getting the ball back, the opposing team now gets the ball back and a free 50 yards. It almost always ends in some kind of points being scored. The Packers’ margin for error is very slim. They cannot afford to have back-breaking errors on special teams. In his career, Amari Rodgers has 8 catches and 7 fumbles. These are not numbers that help you keep your job. The sample size was big enough that it would have been coaching malpractice to continue with Amari Rodgers as the punt returner.
LaFleur did not reveal who would be returning punts. All we know at this point is that Amari Rodgers will not be appearing on special teams in the punt returner role. This is a welcome change that all Packers fans are rejoicing over. This is probably the end of the line for Amari Rodgers unless he can make some big impact in the receiving game over the next eight weeks.