Posts Tagged ‘offense’

New Wrinkles?

August 26, 2010

Earlier in training camp, when asked about the offense, Aaron Rodgers stated that some new wrinkles have been added to what is already a relatively unique, highly complex offense. This of course has left me to ponder the question, whatever could they be?

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What Happened to Mike McCarthy?

November 14, 2009

Mike McCarthy

When I look at the coach of the Packers today, I see a guy that I almost don’t recognize anymore. Early on in McCarthy’s tenure it was easy to see that he was one of the more creative offensive minds in the game. Some of the concepts that you see in use elsewhere around the league, McCarthy was on the forefront of the innovation in the NFL, here in Green Bay too. Since 2007, each year it seems that the innovation has declined, to the point where this year, the offense is dead and lifeless with almost no creativity.

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Protection Issues

October 19, 2009

Daryn Colledge

Thus far this season, the offensive offensive line has been the talk of the town. Opinions on the subject have ranged far and wide, from fire Campen, it is all Barbre’s fault, Colledge sucks, Aaron is holding it too long, Ted Thompson needs to be fired for poor talent. I applaud Bedard’s recent analysis of release times in the Mn game (Here). By and large, I think that it speaks to a lot of confusion on the issue, simply put it is hard to pin down what the issue is. Compounding everything is that the Packers lead the NFL in sacks given up, and that typically is the only stat readily avalable; as a volume stat and only part of the picture, overall it is a very poor indicator stat.

I went though all the stable QB situations thus far this season (Cle, Phi, Sea, Det, Mia, StL, Tam have not been), and tallied all the pressure metrics for the QB, there are some interesting findings. The three primary pressure statistics are sacks, hurries, and hits. Sacks are self explanatory, a hurry is a play where a defender chased the QB, but the QB got the ball away and wasn’t hit, a hit is similar to a hurry, but the QB is hit in the end.

Unfortunately the stats have not been updated for this week yet, so this is only through week 5.

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The 2nd Quarter

October 16, 2009

Dejected Lions

As the Packers enter the 2nd quarter of the season, fresh off a bye and a chance to self scout, here are a few things that I’d like to see. This goes back to the earlier point that I raised, finding a way to win despite team weaknesses. This quarter of the season presents us a golden opportunity. After a first quarter where we faced three quality opponents, this quarter we will face one quality opponent, and it will be at Lambeau (the Vikings). With a win against the Vikings, it certainly is not inconceivable that the Packers will be 6-2 at the halfway point. This team needs to find its identity, this quarter of the season gives the team a great chance to do so, and can should be able to really help boost the team with some positive momentum.

So what should we be looking for?

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