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Hey folks, Ryan Wood here. Just got back from Minnesota within the hour. Ready to talk about last night's game, and any other Packers questions you might have.
By Aaron Rodgers' usual standards, I actually thought there were quite a few open receivers he either missed all together, or was off target when he did throw. This is not an offense that has a real vertical threat at the moment, not until Jordy Nelson return to his 2014 form, if he ever does. But that doesn't mean receivers weren't getting open enough for more completions. It was an off-target night from the quarterback.
Yes, and the lack of preseason snaps could be a factor. But Aaron Rodgers has gone 14 games now without hitting the 100 mark on his passer rating. There was a time more than a few games in a row would have been unthinkable. So while last night represented a new low in some aspects, Rodgers hasn't played at an MVP level since Week 3 of last season. It's been a while.
We will talk to Mike McCarthy later today, and I'm sure the question will be asked. Our latest information is that he is in the concussion protocol. It's hard for me to imagine he'll play this week with the bye coming next.
Yes. It's something I've never understood about Mike McCarthy. Even last year, when Eddie Lacy's conditioning and weight prevented him from being a big-play back, he still averaged more than 4 yards per carry on the season. Lacy is not a guy who can get 12 to 14 touches in a game and break off two or three big plays. He's a bruiser, a power back who wears on the defense. A guy like that needs 20 carries, but Lacy rarely hits that number.
This offense has several issues at the moment, but the biggest may be how long the quarterbacks holds onto the football. The Packers had more success last night running quick-hitters, with Rodgers getting the ball and firing. When the offense gets stagnant, the quarterback seems stagnant in the pocket, too.
That's one of the bigger bright spots through the first two weeks. I wondered entering the season whether the Packers' thin depth and lack of experience at ILB would be a problem potentially forcing Matthews to play more off the line of scrimmage like the last year and a half. I think not only Jake Ryan and Blake Martinez are showing they can withstand a lot of snaps, but Joe Thomas is a different player than last year and is making the dime role his own. Would think they feel confident keeping Clay Matthews outside.
No. But he normally doesn't have the weapons he's surrounded with in Minnesota, either. Could be a good fit for the former No. 1 overall pick.
I'm sure those things are discussed player-to-player. To be clear, T.J. Lang thinks multiple facets are to blame for the Packers allowing five sacks last night, with Rodgers not being on time with his throws one of them. As I watched the game, I thought Rodgers holding the ball too long was the biggest factor. The offensive line wasn't perfect, but it blocked pretty well most of the night.
Blake Martinez looks like a keeper, and he was a fourth rounder. Ditto for Jake Ryan. Morgan Burnett is the leader of the secondary, and also a third rounder. T.J. Lang was a fourth rounder. Every team has guys that become reliable starters if not something more in the middle rounds.
That's a good question. For a team that kept seven receivers, there hasn't been much rotation. I think the biggest reason you haven't seen much rotation is because substituting personnel messes with an offense's tempo. The Packers prefer to keep the same personnel on the field in their no-huddle offense so they can get to the line and snap the next play as quick as possible. It also prevents the defense from substituting. So it's probably more of an Xs and Os thing than anything, but it has been very lopsided.
Thought Pete Dougherty had a good column today basically saying that for the significant changes in personnel (Jordy Nelson returning, Jared Cook signing), the offense looks an awful lot like last season. It's not just you.
Think it's more about figuring out how to work a new tight end into the passing game. Not sure Seattle has figured it out with Jimmy Graham, and he's in Year 2. Could take a while. The Packers hope it's sooner than later.
I'm not sure what I expected, really. Except for Mike McCarthy to take the three points and tied game and rely on a defense that mostly had its way with the Vikings. Not sure I buy it being a mistake Eddie Lacy was off the field for the fourth-and-2. Remember, he couldn't knock it into the end zone on first-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the first quarter. Short yardage is one of the issues Packers offense is struggling with.
I honestly don't know if it's more play calling, or the quarterback's decision. Remember, Aaron Rodgers has the ball in his hand. He has the power to throw it wherever he decides. Thought he missed some underneath receivers last night.
It was a mistake. I'm not sure I'd call it a "major" reason. With the way the offense played, no guarantee the Packers sustain a drive past that point.
Entering the season, I did think this was an offense that would get significantly better from the early weeks to the late fall. Still think that. This week could be a big indicator of whether that's the case. Struggling on the road in that environment against a very good Vikings defense is one thing. If the Packers offense struggles at home against the Lions, that's not a good sign.
Well, they do have one of the league's top 5 defenses. They're worth a mention.
I think Josh Sitton's absence might be among the least of their problems on offense right now. Lane Taylor hasn't been a problem through two games. As for punting, that's another story. The punting situation is abysmal. Really no excuse for it inside a controlled-weather climate.
I do wonder how much can be attributed to the lack of preseason snaps. Thought it could bite them early in the season. Certainly hasn't helped.
Kenny Clark looked inconsistent. He had some really good plays, quick penetration, disruptive. There were also times when he got blown off the line. So up and down, but he made more plays than the previous week in Jacksonville. So that's something to build on.
Good question, and I'm not sure I have a good answer for it. Especially with seven receivers. Would think more four-wide sets, and any five-wide sets, could serve as a decent changeup. More important, I think, is to run more two-tight end sets. Think Jared Cook and Richard Rodgers can complement each other well sharing the field.