The NFL has become a league of constant change and adaptation. What works for you one year will probably not work for you the next. To believe you can run the same base plays every year and have faith that Aaron Rodgers wins the game for you? Well, that’s a polluted mindset, Mike.
The Green Bay Packers offense should be one of the more dynamic in the NFL, but to use a technology metaphor, Apple Computer they’re not; instead, think staid IBM.
The “IBM Way” is a declaration that they have their way of doing things and will continue to do things that way, no matter what. Apple computer instead reacts to the market dynamics and adjusts accordingly.
Mike McCarthy is an IBM guy all the way.
I’ve written many times about McCarthy and his lack of creativity as a play designer. For a man who loves to talk about un-scouted looks, where have they been these first three weeks? Has anyone seen anything different from the Packers? If you have, please clue me in.
I used to think having DirectTV was a great thing, but now I’m having some doubts. You see, I get to watch games of a lot of other teams thanks to DirectTV, and what I see makes me jealous. I see bunch formations confusing defenses, I see players in motion (and I don’t mean the tight end as an h-back), I see jet sweeps, I see crossing routes, I see pick plays…
I see so many things being done to confuse defenses, but I don’t see these things from the Packers. I see the same 8 running plays, the same 10 route combinations. Talk about doing your opponent a huge favor.
Where is the creative use of Randall Cobb? He may not be Percy Harvin, but couldn’t the Packers at least try to use him in a similar way? For a coach who claims to have a big enough playbook to go through three games and never repeat a play, where are these other plays?
I’ve heard a lot of moaning that the receivers aren’t getting open enough. Why do you suppose that is? Are they suddenly not as good as they used to be or do defenses know where they are going? The Packers best pass plays seem to come when Rodgers extends the play and the receivers are left to improvise. When, you know, the defensive backs don’t know where the receiver is going.
During this preseason, I had great hopes for the Packers offense based on their use of the running backs in the passing game. Designed routes, screens, dump-offs, they were all working and they were drive extenders. They gave the defense another thing they had to worry about covering. WHERE HAVE THEY GONE?
I was watching the Seattle – Denver game and towards the end of the fourth quarter, Phil Simms started gushing that the Broncos were pulling out plays he had NEVER seen them run before. Well, neither had Seattle and those plays allowed the Broncos to come back and tie the game against the best defense in the NFL.
Simms will not be gushing about Mike McCarthy’s offense any time soon.
Packers fans have been spoiled by Aaron Rodgers. Too many times he has bailed the Packers offense out and fooled people into believing it’s McCarthy’s offense. It’s not.
Mike McCarthy has his base principles and concepts, has his game plan, but one thing he hasn’t had in a few years, is an offense that surprises anyone. He believes if the players just execute his concepts, they will be successful, no matter what. That’s the IBM mindset, and in today’s NFL, Mike, that’s a polluted mindset.
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.