Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers Need to Spread it Out Offensively
The Green Bay Packers are struggling on offense right now and as head coach Mike McCarthy searches for solutions, the answer is simple: spread em’ out. The Packers need to realize none of the tight ends on their roster are Jermichael Finley. Stop using Andrew Quarles and Richard Rodgers to threaten defenses on a regular basis, put in four wide receivers and spread out the defense.
The great thing about Finley is that he could split out as a receiver or lineup in-line as a tight end. That allowed the Packers to use their “11” personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WR) almost exclusively. Yet, without him or a competent replacement, the Packers should just go to “10” personnel (1 RB, 4 WR) and put Jarrett Boykin as well as Davante Adams on the field with Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson.
This would force defenses to play with at least five and possibly six defensive backs. If they play six, then there would be just one linebacker in the box, which could help open up the running game for Eddie Lacy, who has struggled immensely to start the season.
Green Bay can still go up tempo with this personnel group on the field and the best part about it is that it will get more talented players on the field for Rodgers to throw too. The Packers also need to use this grouping to find mismatches for Cobb and be creative about getting him the football.
What we know right now is that the Packers offense has been a major disappointment and unless they get things figured out soon, the Packers are going to looking a 1-3 start in the fact.
Rodgers and everyone on the offense needs to get better. The offensive line needs to block better, Lacy needs to run better, Rodgers needs to make better throws and decisions but McCarthy can help if he changes his base offense to include four wide receivers, which will ensure that all his best pass catchers are on the field.