When the Green Bay Packers blocked a Bryan Anger punt against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, it wasn't just an individual error that allowed a free rusher to block the kick. It was a couple of small mistakes that when combined, caused the blocked punt.
When speaking with the media on Monday, Jacksonville Jaguars' head coach Mike Mularkey told reporters that the punt team had a couple of new players on the formation and that there was a miscommunication between the new players on who each player should pick up on the punt attempt:
"That was just a miscommunication. I haven't used any excuses of we had to put guys in different spots but we had new guys in different spots due to injuries, and was just a miscommunication of a call in a couple different areas. Not one guy in particular but a number of guys had a chance to make that not happen. It's been cleaned up obviously, but it was miscalled. There is a number count. You're counting guys and we mis-numbered it."
Only adding to the confusion, the Packers didn't have a full roster on the field during the play. The Packers had only 10 men out there, which according to Mularkey, altered the blocking assignments. The punt team normally looks to the sidelines to see how many players were assigned to block the gunners and alter their blocking assignments accordingly:
"Yeah, that had a lot to do with it because you look outside and see who's covering your gunners and you absolutely assume that the difference is inside and it wasn't."