George Kittle went “Hollywood” again Monday night, if you will.
Kittle appeared as a second-quarter guest on ESPN’s Monday Night Football at the same time as Peyton and Eli Manning while the Los Angeles Rams visited the Green Bay Packers.
Four days earlier, Kittle had two touchdowns in the 49ers’ NFC West-clinching win at Seattle, and that first score came on a play called “Hollywood,” which led to one of the Manning brothers’ first questions on ESPN.
“I was fake blocking and waiting for the two linebackers to separate, and as soon as I see them separate, that’s when I start going down the field,” Kittle explained. “(Brock) Purdy did a great job. it was very natural how he faked both ways.”
Later, as the Packers drove into the red zone, Peyton Manning asked if “Hollywood” should be the next call, to which Kittle replied, I don’t want other people driving it or getting used to it.”
Here are other excerpts from Keatle’s commentary:
About Purdy, whose emergence didn’t completely surprise Keatley, as he watched him play the past four seasons at Iowa State, Keatley’s University of Iowa rival.
“When he first came in, we were all like, ‘Hey!’ “He’s ready. He can do it.” He follows Jimmy and studies. He played at an unreal, high level, played left and right. It’s fun to see someone like that take advantage of his opportunity.”
About his “crazy” glee at pancake blocks like the Falcons’ Ricardo Allen in 2019.
“Well, come on buddy, run blocking is forcing your will on someone else, moving them from point A to point B against their will, and you gotta love that. You have to flip a switch, go to a dark place, but when it does, you just have to enjoy it. It’s so much fun.”
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On the toughest part of playing the Rams in the NFC West.
“The toughest Rams player to play is Aaron Donald. He’s really good at football and changes your game plan. … You must always have four hands on him.”
Dallas Clark, one of Peyton’s former Colts teammates, on growing up idolized.
“He’s an Iowa guy. I watched every game he played (at Iowa) with finger tape on, no gloves, just squeezing it. There was nothing like it.” (Peyton: “He was a player in the playoffs.”)
On how National Tight End Day was born.
“It’s unbelievable. Shout out to Jimmy (Garoppolo). It was week 2 of 2018. We played Detroit at home, the tight ends had good energy. We had four active boys on the day and everyone was in good spirits. Jimmy said. “What is it: You are celebrating. I say, “Yes, it’s a holiday.” He says. “Oh yeah, it’s a holiday, National Tight End Day.” We said: “Yeah, let’s roll with it.” … The NFL brought it up after the season and I said, “Let’s run with it.” It’s fun when you raise a single position group. And I don’t think tight ends get enough love.”
On what the Packers should do after a fake punt count on fourth-and-3.
“I’d hit it at this point.” The Packers (5-8) ran it for a first down.
On hosting NFL end zone celebrations. (The question was asked when the Packers scored the first touchdown of the game to take a 10-3 lead.)
“We have had in the past years. Most of the time we don’t. we have tight end celebrations that we’ve practiced once or twice. Back in 2019, every Friday, they would have ideas and execute them while the quarterbacks did their scouting team work. At Christmas we held one of the tight ends up as a nutcracker and walked across the field.’