One Offensive Category That Needs Improvement

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arodThe Packers’ offense was a juggernaut in 2015 and as training camp continues (don’t forget to catch the daily Tweet-cap) after practice today) they look to make 2015 even better. It is difficult to find weaknesses in an offense like the Packers. Aaron Rodgers has the fastest release in the league, elite accuracy, veteran savvy, and the best back-shoulder pass in the game. Add to that the fact that the Packers are returning all starters and our elite quarterback will be protected by the same offensive line and he will be throwing to the same elite receivers and handing off to the same elite running back. But there is one area that this offense needs to improve. 

In 2014, the Packers redzone touchdown percentage was just over 57%, which was a marked improvement from 2013. This is not a bad percentage (it is hard to find anything to complain about the Packers offense) and was even better at home but was low enough that the Packers were not in the top ten in this category. Hovering outside the top ten is not a place the Packers’ offense will likely put up with and with Richard Rodgers and Davante Adams coming back for a second year, along with the addition of several prospective talents like (also returning) Jeff Janis and rookie Ty Montgomery, the Packers look to get the red zone touchdown percentage up into the top five.

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Now a lot of the touchdown scoring percentage could be due to the fact that the Packers scored frequently from well aaron bearsoutside the redzone. Also, the level of competition would have to be factored in as the Packers faced the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, and the Seattle Seahawks (twice) including the playoff run. This year, however, with McCarthy giving up play-calling duties, there will be a renewed focus on getting in the endzone when the Packers’ offense gets inside the 20. Contrary to what most of the national media (and some in Packernation) seem to think, it was the Packers’ inability to score touchdowns in the red-zone (33.33%) that led to the eventual loss, not the special teams. The special teams gaffs are inexcusable for sure, but they would not have amounted to a loss if the Packers had been able to punch the ball into the endzone from the red zone more.

With a newly adjusted and focused coaching staff, several players coming into their second year, and some exciting new faces on the team, the Packers should jump into the top ten in touchdown percentage in the red zone in 2015. If they do that, an elite offense could become a record-breaking one.

Go Pack!

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3 Comments

  1.   January 8, 2016, 4:25 pm

    Realistically, Washington hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record all season. I may be underestimating their talent, but my opinion is that they’re the weakest playoff team of both conferences. Their offense is decent, especially if Cousins is allowed to get into a rhythm and they have serious speed at WR. Their front 4 on D is good, but their secondary is full of holes.

    If Rodgers is to get on a roll, this is the team to do it against. Our passing game has responded well late in games against much better Ds than this with no run game. I still think we’ll struggle to run the ball with a banged up O-line and Lacy’s sore ribs. I would never suggest we don’t run at all, but running on 1st and 2nd down and consecutive 1st downs has hurt us all year long. I’d like to see a 75/25 pass/run ratio – including a few runs by Rodgers.

    So my best guess is that it comes down to 5 keys:
    Consistent pressure on Cousins
    Turnovers
    McCarthy’s play calling getting Rodgers into rhythm early with some timing routes and screens to RBs
    Not calling too many run plays which plays to the strength of Redskins’ D
    Rodgers playing well.

    I didn’t list our O-line playing well because Rodgers can overcome most of that when performing like he’s capable, and frankly, I’d prefer to see him tuck it and run to slow down the pass rush a bit. Go Pack go!

  2.   January 8, 2016, 3:12 pm

    Your dreaming if you think they are able to run the ball…….
    They don’t need bounces just a swift kick in the butt to Mc Carthy the play caller( joke)

    •   January 8, 2016, 3:42 pm

      You could be right Bill…I may be dreaming. But I think a bounce or two our way is more likely than anyone giving McCarthy a swift kick in the butt. At this point, I would be content to see some consistent individual wins that add up to an extended drive. 😀

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