When the 2015 NFL draft weekend wrapped up, the Green Bay Packers felt confident they had found their shutdown cornerback of the future.
If it wasn’t first-round pick Damarious Randall, then surely it would be second-rounder Quinten Rollins.
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Yet when defensive coordinator Dom Capers sits down these days with his assistant coaches and decides whether to match one of his cornerbacks against the opponent’s No. 1 receiver, it’s someone else the Packers picked up that May 2015 weekend who’s the focus of the discussion.
Instead, mysteriously, the Seahawks handed the ball to backup running back Alex Collins twice, running the risk of a fumble with little upside, to end the half. It’s a bizarre decision: If you want to give up (and you shouldn’t), why not kneel three times given Atlanta had only two timeouts? And why wouldn’t you want to try to score against a middling pass defense given how much success the Seahawks had enjoyed throwing the ball downfield?
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I’m not one to argue that an end-of-half field goal would have given the Seahawks momentum heading into the final 30 minutes, but those three points could have come in handy.
And if Carroll didn’t have enough faith in Wilson to try to score without turning the ball over, he might as well not have sent the team out for the second half. Atlanta promptly took the ball after halftime and drove 75 yards for another touchdown. Carroll’s aforementioned fourth-and-1 punt, designed to keep the game close, came with the game at 12-10. By the time Wilson took his next meaningful snap on offense, the score was 26-10.