CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jaire Alexander should not even have been on the sphere for the coin toss when the Inexperienced Bay Packers cornerback crashed the captains’ assembly at midfield, practically costing his crew possession in Sunday’s 33-30 win over the Carolinas Panthers .
Alexander, who joined the Packers’ three recreation captains, Aaron Jones, Quay Walker and Eric Wilson, at midfield, known as tail and received the coin toss.
When referee Alex Kemp requested for his decide, Alexander mentioned the Packers wished to be on protection, which isn’t technically the identical as selecting to postpone. If Kemp had not clarified, it may have price the Packers possession, and the Panthers would have had an opportunity to start out each halves.
As a rule, the winner of the toss can select to obtain the decide, kick off or postpone it till the second half. Since Alexander mentioned they wished to go on protection, this might have been interpreted as a kickoff selection.
It is potential that the one motive Kemp double-checked and requested Alexander if he meant a postponement was as a result of coach Matt LaFleur makes some extent in the course of the pregame assembly with officers to tell them of their selection in the event that they win the toss.
LaFleur did not sound proud of Alexander, who was enjoying for the primary time after lacking six video games with a shoulder damage.
“That was an enormous mistake,” LaFleur mentioned of Alexander’s name. “That is one thing you go over with the blokes earlier than they exit each time: ‘Hey, we win the coin toss, we will defer.’ “I went to the referees earlier than the sport and made positive they knew what we had been going to do. We had an incident earlier this yr the place we had the same scenario, so we at all times tried to be proactive in that method.”
LaFleur added that he believes Kemp clarified this as a result of, “I do not assume they ever need to perceive that [wrong].” Alexander did not appear to understand his mistake.
“I mentioned, ‘I need our protection to be there,’ they usually all checked out me like I used to be loopy,” Alexander mentioned. “I am like, I imply, it is fairly easy what I mentioned, like I need the protection to be there. They’re like, ‘You imply delay?’ and I am like, ‘Yeah, I suppose.'”
Why Alexander went to the toss within the first place was a thriller. The Packers do not have seasonal captains, simply weekly rotations. When requested if Alexander was added as recreation director by the coaches or by Alexander himself, LaFleur responded, “Sure.”
Alexander mentioned, “It is solely becoming. I do not assume Coach knew I used to be from Charlotte, so…”
This was one other chapter in a weird season for Alexander, who has been wholesome sufficient to observe for greater than a month however hasn’t performed since his shoulder damage on Nov. 5.
His return did not assist the Packers’ struggling protection or embattled defensive coordinator Joe Barry. Panthers rookie Bryce Younger threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns.
When requested if it was a priority to surrender 30 factors to a crew that has received simply two video games, Alexander mentioned: “Um, yeah, it’s. Actually. However we simply should play the decision that is known as” , which might be assumed as a shot at Barry. However Alexander then added that it was “a fairly good recreation plan.”