Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was livid over a cut block by a Lions’ offensive lineman.
Matt LaFleur almost lost an important defensive lineman to an injury on Sunday, so his ire over the circumstances makes perfect sense.
Tyler Lancaster limped off the field after being taken down by Lions’ offensive lineman Oday Aboushi.
On Monday, LaFleur was still steaming over that particular play when asked about Detroit’s cut blocking in general.
“I was definitely not happy about that one. Tyler was clearly in front of the offensive lineman, and he landed right on the back of his legs. That’s illegal,” LaFleur said.
Was LaFleur right to be peeved? Were the Lions’ reckless? Let’s check the tape.
Here’s another angle.
That looks like the definition of an illegal block and dangerous play.
Oday Aboushi’s cut block on Tyler Lancaster rightly had Matt LaFleur fuming.
Aboushi was flagged for unnecessary roughness, likely because of the late nature of the hit. But it could have and probably should have warranted even harsher punishment than that.
If a defender can be fined for making contact with the helmet of an opponent, offensive lineman should be fined for that kind of cut block.
“There’s no place for that in this game,” La Fleur said.
Fortunately for the Packers, Lancaster wasn’t seriously injured. He was able to get back in the game. Had it been different Green Bay would have been seriously hampered on the defensive line.
The game was still tight in the second quarter when Lancaster went down. However, Aaron Rodgers scored his second touchdown of the day with seconds left in the half to put the Packers up 17-14. They never looked back, winning the game 42-21 thanks to a 75-yard Aaron Jones scoring run and a seven-yard pick-six from Chandon Sullivan.