A home crowd’s noise level can drastically impact an opponent, but something they are doing are distracting them as well.
The Packers head coach sent a message to fans on Monday, requesting they stop doing the wave or “Go Pack Go” chants when his team is on offense.
“Matt LaFleur says he doesn’t want fans to do the wave or Go Pack Go chants when the team is on offense,” wrote Matt Schneidman of The Athletic. “He’s going to see how the Packers can get that message across to fans, perhaps by player PSAs on the Jumbotron. He loves the fans, he said, but he’s being serious.”
“We’re going to have some talks with some people in our building about how we can help educate our fans in certain situations,” LaFleur told reporters. “But I love our fans, first and foremost. I think we have the best fans in the National Football League. The support they show when we’re at home, when we’re on the road, is second to none. So, I always want to start out with that before I become critical of them.”
“But, certainly, when you’re on offense and it’s a third down situation, I’d rather not hear the ‘Go Pack Go’ chant and, when we’re on offense, I’d rather not see ‘The Wave,'” he added. “I’d rather see that when we’re on defense.”
LaFleur mentioned the possibility of subtle reminders via the large video scoreboard at Lambeau Field. “Hopefully, some of our players will volunteer” to spread the word, he said.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers backed his coach.
“It’s OK when it’s 31-12,” Rodgers said. “It’s not that big of a deal. If it was 31-all, maybe take it easy. I think they get a little bored maybe sometimes, and they’re like, ‘What are we going to do here?’ Because I was watching from the sideline at one point, it was in the third quarter, and I saw like four people right across from me — this would be about behind their bench from the 40-yard line — kind of stand up and do it.
“And I was thinking to myself, ‘I bet you they’re going to do it when we’re on offense.’ And they did, and we love them.”
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