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Williams, Dietrich-Smith, Zombo earn game balls

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 10, 2012 – 2:25 pm

Week 14 game ball winners: Green Bay Packers LB Frank Zombo, C/G Evan Dietrich-Smith, and CB Tramon Williams

The Packers’ coaching staff has awarded game balls from Sunday night’s victory over Detroit to the following three players:

Defense — CB Tramon Williams

Offense — G Evan Dietrich-Smith

Special teams — LB Frank Zombo

Williams drew the assignment of guarding Lions WR Calvin Johnson for most of the game, getting safety help over the top much of the time. Johnson had 10 receptions for 118 yards, but when none of those receptions was longer than 20 yards and he didn’t find the end zone, that’s a strong night’s work against the league’s leading receiver.

Dietrich-Smith was a key blocker in the Packers’ surging ground attack. He pancaked Detroit’s Nick Fairley on a draw play to RB Alex Green that converted a third-and-2 on the go-ahead TD drive in the fourth quarter. He then threw the key block on LB Justin Durant, pulling around from his left guard spot to undercut Durant at the point of attack as RB DuJuan Harris scooted through the huge hole for a 14-yard TD.

Zombo wasn’t credited for any tackles on special teams, but it’s worth noting that the Lions averaged just 20.3 yards on four kickoff returns and the special teams overall had another solid game. The only hiccup was K Mason Crosby’s miss from 51 yards in the second half, which barely hooked left.

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50 Responses to “Williams, Dietrich-Smith, Zombo earn game balls”

  1. By Nick Steen on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Zombo needs to be coached to contain on the outside to get a game ball

  2. By Peter on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Zombo? The same Zombo that got taken out of a play by the QUARTERBACK?!?!?!?!?!?

  3. By Gouda on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    I guess I wasn’t the only one screaming at the TV when Zombo didn’t keep contain…lol

  4. By billfromcville on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    If Zombo, then the whole “O” line!!!! Finally some good run blocking!!! Good work guys!!! GO PACK GO!!!!!!!!

  5. By John on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Zombo was terrible last night. He deserves a game bench not a game ball.

  6. By tom donatell on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Frank Zumbo must be related to someone in the front office that would be the only reason he could make a 53 man roster

  7. By Doopus on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Zombo wasn’t credited for any tackles on special teams, but he gets credit for the overall performance of the kick-off coverage? Not sure I understand that.

  8. By tlvincent on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    thought Zombo was terrible all game at OLB, he looks slow and totally unathletic, bizarre that anyone would give him a gameball, I was thinking last night that maybe he shouldn’t even have a job

  9. By Rambo on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Why Not Mike Daniels,He was better than Zombo.

  10. By Gameball on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Zombo kept contain on the outside, problem was there was no help when he forced the runner back inside. I think you may want to review those plays.

  11. By Gameball on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    However, still not much of a factor in the game. At least he wasn’t jumping offsides like Moses was.

  12. By Jon on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hilarious that you all think you know more than NFL coaches

  13. By John Zinda on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Did you people even read the message? Zombo got the game ball for his play on special teams not for his play on defense and wake up …. stop with all the negatives. The other team gets paid also and they are going to win some battle.

  14. By Rick on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    If you Einsteins would read the article, Zombo got the “Special teams” game ball. Tramon got “Defense” game ball

  15. By Brett on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Guys/Gals, FANS! Concentrate on the 1 thing that matters most, the “W”. To relive a bit of 2010, they have 1 more game in which to get 1 more W. This is the focus, beating the Bears! As the team does, so shall we; turn the page and put last night to rest and focus on the game ahead.

    GO! PACK! GO!

  16. By Jeff on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    How can so many people make negative comments about Zombo’s defense and not realize he got a game ball for special teams play? Why do these types of posters always engage their mouth before their brain?

  17. By Bob on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Zombo isn’t the only LB that needs some coaching…what’s up with Moses getting 3 offsides flags…then crashing down and not even looking for the RB going outside, which allowed him pick up a 1st down on a 3rd and 11..they dodged a bullet yesterday.

  18. By Bob on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    You know the Win is good but they didn’t Win GOOD….they won’t go far in the playoffs if they don’t start playing as a team and quit shooting themselves in the foot!

  19. By Ted on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Overall, the defense looked GOOD. A little loose when it comes to the plays down the field though. Next week we need CHAMPIONSHIP defense against the Bears.

  20. By ron on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    for those of you who dont recall the 70’@ 80’s
    please enjoy every win you can and dont worry about coaching until the super bowl game
    after the first 2 i thought i would never see another and for you nay sayers that could happen

  21. By greylorn on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply


    Be kind to your fellow posters. They’ve been sitting on a couch for hours, screaming and hollering at the pixel images on their TV screen, and at their wives to bring more beer. When they suddenly rise from their armchairs and waddle over to their computer to post a message, the blood drains from their little brains, leaving them more impaired than usual.

  22. By dennis hendrickson on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Zombo? that’s crazy i actually thought he was cut awhile ago how about Daniels who changed the game with a fumble recovery !!

  23. By Josh on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    I would have never given Zombo the game ball. Lost contain on the keeper for a touchdown, and was catching taking on a block from Stafford….Maybe he did a terrific job doing something else.

  24. By mfrank on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    zombo, you talking frank zombo, a game ball…no way.
    he blew contain at the goal line to the qb, he should of been there to rock the qb on that end run to the point of causing a fumble killing the drive, on top of which he wasn’t even close to the runner stafford faked it to!!!
    and if he didn’t make any tackles, or be part of a fumble/recovery how in the heck does he qualify for a special teams game ball. i say give it to mason, he missed a 50+ yarder barely in horrible kicking conditions. i question if the special teams coach had a clean dry ball to kick for each field goal attempted.
    regardless of the rant, a very good game overall.
    go pack!

  25. By mfrank on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    to john zinda…..maybe we give every player on the team a game ball for participation, and give them all lollypops. zombo was horrible no matter special teams or defense.

  26. By VanDad84 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Dietrich-Smith finally has a fair game and we give him a game ball?! I have actually switched channels during a game as I did not want to see Aaron Rodgers career ending injury as defensive lineman and linebackers run by Dietrich-Smith at will! I have been hoping that Thompson will surely get rid of this guy in the offseason or earlier. If he is our best option, we have no hope of going very far in the playoffs.

  27. By David Schwalm on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    If they continue to plsy like this on defence (and they will because thety have all year), they will be ‘one and done’ in the play-offs, IF they make it. BUT they won’t beat the Bears next week with these guys on defence: Zombo, Moses, et al
    I don’t care if it’s defence or special teams, there is no way Zombo can be awarded the game ball when he didn’t even ASSIST on a tackle! (and no I am not a professional footbal coach, just an amateur one!)

  28. By Kevin on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    I’m questioning the game ball for Zombo. I was not impressed with his performance.

  29. By LombardisBoy on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    Couldn’t someone who MADE A TACKLE on the Special Teams get the game ball? No offense to Frank, but he didn’t do all that well against the Lions special teams…

  30. By Matt on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    For all of you questioning Zombo, why don’t you go in their and coach. Oh yes, because you’d get laughed out of the room.

  31. By MIddleman on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    Ummm, I think you “nicey” guys should re-read Doopus’s comment, THAT’S the point:


  32. By Nick Steen on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    Greylorn, I never said anything about the game ball, I just said he needs to contain, which he does, you insipid little puke. I don’t drink alcohol and I’m 6’5″ 250 with not a lot of fat. So maybe you should think before you post you mouthy little putz

  33. By Larry on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    Hey David Schwalm, you can’t even SPELL defense ! Contrary to your beliefs, we are going to beat the Bears easily. Now that we have the start of a solid running game and are getting our injured players back, I beleive we ARE going DEEP into the playoffs and maybe even bring the Lombardi trophy back home !

  34. By Mike from Chicago on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    For those of you who didn’t notice, Zombo got the ball for Special Teams, not his offinsive play. Getting taken out by the QB must be quite embarassing for him!!

  35. By Mike from Chicago on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    Graylor, GREAT writing. You should take Stafford’s spot!

    Hey green and gold brothers, can’t we all just get along?

    Bear’s fans, LEAVE!!

  36. By Mike from Chicago on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    Oops, Spofford!!

  37. By R2G on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    Wow… look at all the Zombo bashing. Look at all these armchair experts ramble on when the truth is even on the play where he was taken down by Stafford he did keep contain as the runner was forced to the inside, the problem being there was no inside help. As far as being taken down by Stafford ( who is 6’3″ 232lbs.) seems to me we had a QB (recently) smaller than Stafford that could take down bigger LBers as well so its really not that uncommon and I’m sure they practice there blocking like anyone else. Lets also remember Zombo had no pre-season & hasnt played in quite some time as he is back from a serious hamstring injury. Given a few games I think Zombo will be back to a more competative level and maybe show some of the pass rush ability that he has shown in the past.

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  39. By David Janschutz on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Zombo,makes a lot of money,to make plays on defense and he has to show up, on GAME day.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. By immafubared on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Zombo should have been given the door. Over and over they ran to his side and he wasn’t there. they just ran around him. On passing plays he looked lost, do I rush or do I drop back. Walden looked just as bad and AJ Hawk may be the least mobile DB on planet earth

  41. By immafubared on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I always gave this guy the benefit of the doubt. He was from a small school and I liked the name Zombo. He had some injuries and when he came back healthy I expected a lot and he hasn’t delivered. Too bad. Good by Frank, wish you well. Take Hawk with you.

  42. By northerner on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    All the press about Zimbo I thought he was released or if not should be. The beast will be back for da bears game. Its about time. I have fallen asleep watching Waldo and
    Dizzi trying to rush the passer. Boring!

  43. By you suck! on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    your blog sucks, quit advertising your crap show writing!

  44. By you suck! on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Zombo never has and never will take a snap on “offinse,” he plays ST and defense. You sir, are an idiot.

  45. By you suck! on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    So now Zombo is a DB? Jesus, this thread has some epic selfings!

  46. By you suck! on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Bro, it is spelled D-E-F-E-N-S-E. Unless you are British, there is no reason you should be spelling this simple word incorrectly.

  47. By you suck! on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    You claim to be an amateur football coach but can’t spell the word defense correctly? I don’t believe you.

  48. By Gabe on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    zombo?? is that a joke he is probably the worst active player we have.. slow no contain.. ive never seen him make a big play. hes just a dummy on the field

  49. By Jesse on Dec 14, 2012 | Reply


  50. By Jesse on Dec 14, 2012 | Reply

    Really, you want the guy who has lead the team in tackles for most of the year gone? he has over 100 tackles twice that of the next guy. Must be a bears fan

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