Randall Cobb Says He Won’t Wear Microphone During Games Anymore
Cobb suffered a punctured lung in the first quarter of the Packers’ playoff game with the Arizona Cardinals on Jan. 16 after making a diving catch downfield that was overturned because of a penalty. According to ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky, Cobb believes his microphone equipment caused the injury.
“I’ll never be mic’d up again,” Cobb said Thursday. “This [microphone] theory isn’t anything new. It’s something we’ve talked about plenty of times. There’s no way to prove it, but there’s no way to disprove it, either.”
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers furthered this sentiment last week on former teammate A.J. Hawk’s podcast, per Demovsky:
I don’t feel comfortable being mic’d up, and I will say this: Randall Cobb had a serious injury last year in the playoff game, and I believe — and he would as well, and the team — that that was caused by him being mic’d up. He fell on his mic pack and he had an injury to his insides that kept him out of the game, probably would have kept him out the rest of the playoffs. And the puncture spot was directly adjacent to his mic pack.
Cobb added that the microphone feature is interesting for a behind-the-scenes look at the team, but it is not the worth the injury risk. The incident forced the 25-year-old to stay in the hospital overnight, but Demovsky noted the receiver “has been able to participate fully in the offseason program” and didn’t suffer any long-term effects.
With WR Jordy Nelson sidelined for the 2015 season, the Packers needed Cobb to step up, but he did not have a great campaign. He finished with 79 catches for 829 yards and six touchdowns. By comparison, Cobb racked up 91 receptions for 1,287 yards and 12 scores in 2014. He also had similar numbers in 2012.
He acknowledged this as well on Thursday, per the Associated Press (via FoxSports.com).
“I’m really excited about this year,” Cobb said. “Yeah, there was a lot of things going on last year, but none of that stuff matters. I didn’t perform at the capacity that I know I can perform at.”
The normally explosive Packers offense suffered in part because of Cobb’s decline. The team finished tied for 25th in the league in passing offense after ranking in the top 10 for every season since Rodgers took over as the starter in 2008.
Cobb was the opposing secondary’s primary focus last season, and he was shut down at times. With Nelson back, Cobb can go back to exploiting mismatches from the slot, which should lead him back to his usual production.
All statistics are courtesy of ESPN.com.