If there is one player that benefited more than any other from the decision by head coach Mike McCarthy to take back play-calling duties, it was wide receiver Randall Cobb.
There have been a number of players that have not played up to their standards this season and one of them is Cobb. He has struggled to make big plays and has not produced as much as he should, with the amount of times he has been targeted.
But that all started to change last Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
Cobb, who was a Pro Bowl receiver a season ago, had one of his best games of the year vs Dallas catching eight passes for 81 yards. He also rushed for nine yards to increase his total to 90 yards for the just the third time this season.
And part of the reason he has so much success was the way that Mike McCarthy used him.
I’ve been saying for weeks now that the Packers have been underutilizing Cobb and it’s possible that McCarthy had the same idea.
In his first game back calling plays — he moved Cobb around everywhere — the slot — the backfield — split wide and it worked. Cobb made a number of key receptions, including an 18-yard reception on an important third down.
The Packers have also been talking about getting Jared Abbrederis more involved in the offense and in a new look, he lined up in the slot against the Cowboys, while Cobb split out wide.
The former second-round pick from Kentucky was also used more in the backfield probably since Seattle. He carried the ball just three times for nine yards, but even when he was used as a decoy, it turned out to be successful.
The fact is that Cobb is one of the Packers most important playmakers and he became even more important when Jordy Nelson went out. During the first part of the season, Cobb was living up to that role and he had more than 100 total yards against both the Chiefs and Seahawks.
Now after a bit of a lull, it looks like Cobb in getting back on track, which is great news for the Packers but bad news for the Oakland Raiders and the rest of the teams remaining on Green Bay’s schedule.