Quickslant: I am LOVING the tempo

Posted by  Brady Augustine   in  , , ,      3 years ago     73 Views     1 Comment  

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We have talked about how the Packers would have to shorten their routes and use Eddie Lacy out of 2014 Packersthe backfield to reach play count goal that McCarthy has for this team. Well, we are seeing it. I am LOVING the tempo of this Packers team.

It’s not just going “no huddle”, there’s more to it than that. The Packers put the Rams against the ropes…and then pushed. I see three things that I like about the Packers no huddle offense in this game.

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Aaron Rodgers release is lightning quick

Aaron Rodgers was delivering the ball like the rush delivery man at Fed Ex. He was decisive and distributed the ball to several receivers including (leading receiver) Eddie Lacy. Andrew Quarless also had a good game and of course it was good to see Jordy Nelson get in the mix.

Aaron’s delivery is faster than anyone on the planet and Green Bay is going to need that to throw over pressure and keep moving the chains.

The play-calling was spot on

We got to see what we all expected…Eddie Lacy catching balls out of the backfield. But I loved the mix of run and pass and the fact that the passing routes tended to be shorter. I’ve said before that for the Packers to get in 75 plays a game, they have to throw more short passes. The first touchdown took 12 plays but only took like five minutes. This is the recipe that will make defenses just want games to end. The pressure can’t get there on time when the play call is right and with Rodgers delivering the ball so fast. This will gas defenses…fast.

The communication was seamless

Running the no huddle offense takes seamless communication. The Packers looked like they had been running this way for years. Of course the St. Louis defense was not throwing the kitchen sink at them but the pre-snap calls were good.

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I can’t wait to see the Packers no huddle offense this year during the regular season. If the play calling, delivery, and communication are as good as they were in the first two series of this game, it could be a real benefit for the Pack.



Brady Augustine is co-owner and content creator for www.greenbaypackernation.com. He currently resides in Tennessee and also conspires with brother, JR on www.cheesnewswire.com

1 Comment

  1.   December 9, 2015, 9:36 pm

    I’m humbled by your references to my post Brady. Thanks!

    Just to clarify, I’d love to see Eddie Lacy return to form and become a dominant force in the NFL. And credit to him as a person, he (in my opinion) reacted very well to being benched for his mistake(s). He didn’t whine about it to the media, and he didn’t try to defend his actions. Part of being a good manager is understanding that people are motivated in different ways, and knowing which way works best with each individual. Hopefully McCarthy pushed the right button for Eddie.

    I don’t think this was for curfew alone. His RB coach stated that he’s 20lbs over his stated weight of 234lbs. He doesn’t appear to be playing with much passion or energy. He’d fumbled 4 times in his last 5 games prior to the 2nd Lions game, and almost gave up a TD by dropping the ball early. So I think McCarthy was sending a message that Lacy needed to get his head into every aspect of the game. I doubt any coach cares about a player’s weight – as long as they’re making plays. But when they look slow to hit the line, it would be 1 thing coaches (and fans) would point to as a possible reason. There’s no way that more weight makes any person quicker.

    Seattle has a unique situation with Wilson at QB. He’s a part of their game plans in the run game. He lines up under center often, and they use designed QB roll outs, QB draws, play action passes, and a punishing running game (Rawls is the best 2nd string RB in the NFL in my opinion – a quicker version of Lynch). Wilson and Lynch/Rawls are a threat to break a big run on every play, which forces Ds to respect the run game – typically taking a man out of coverage as a QB spy. So you have to pick your poison with Seattle. Keep Wilson in the pocket and force him to beat you with his arm, and he’s prone to making mistakes. But when he’s allowed to roll out or escape the pocket, he’s as good as any QB in the NFL at throwing on the run, and the best in the game at running from the QB position. Bevell is criticized often for his offensive game plans when they’re losing, but I think he’s one of the best in the NFL at using deception and misdirection to free up players.

    So when I compare Seattle to GB, we have the ability to run for 1st downs with Rodgers, but he’s not a threat to break TD runs like Wilson. We line up in shotgun or pistol far more than Seattle. I don’t think that play action from shotgun or pistol is nearly as effective as play action from under center where the ball is actually hidden from defenders. I don’t think RBs are generally as successful when handed the ball flat footed in shotgun or pistol, as they are running towards the line with vision and momentum from under center. A split second can be the difference between breaking through the line for a big gain, or being stuffed in the backfield as defenders react.

    So to bring this back to the power run game, I was referring to the line up big (2 TE or extra lineman sets with a lead blocker) and stuff it down your throat for 15 play drives. The days of a Larry Csonka type back are over, unless as you say, your entire offense is built to run the ball – and I think those days are about over as it’s becoming more and more of a passing game. As you pointed out, very few NFL teams now carry a FB on their roster. Even fewer teams have a true power back who’s consistently successful. I don’t think the power run game is dead yet, but the difference today is that they also need quickness and speed attributes for it to work against modern defenses consistently. And that’s where I think the heavier version of Lacy is lacking, quickness and speed. Put Lacy behind an O-line like Dallas, or on almost any team in the ’70’s, and he’d be a 2000 yard RB. Behind our line today, he’s not likely to be more than a 1100 yard rusher.

    That all leads to my biggest criticism of the Packers offense in recent years. We don’t have a top 10 O-line for run blocking, we can’t run for a 1st down on 3rd or 4th and short from a big formation against any D. So we need to rely on more deception, and setting up run plays with our passing game. Misdirection and play action from under center are still valuable tools for today’s game which have all but disappeared from McCarthy’s game plans and play book. I know many believe that players make plays, over play calling. I’m a firm believer that they both are vital parts of a successful offense. When any team becomes predictable, they become more easily beaten. Go Pack go!

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