The Packers need to do two things if they want to make the playoffs.
One, make a true commitment to running the ball.
I hate to say this but the Packers don’t know what the hell is going on as far as a west coast offense is concerned.
Long passes don’t set up the run. Long passes are not short passes.
To see the Packers problem on offense, you have to take off the Aaron Rodgers statistical goggles for a second and realize ball control is more important than big plays.
The west coast offense is predicated on short passes and running the ball. If you can’t run, you can use the short passing game as the run. If you have no short passing game, you need to be able to run.
Currently, the Packers have no short passing game and no running game. This equals no west coast offense.
Personally, I believe Rodgers has a confidence problem which is limiting his ability to make quick reads. I also believe the coach has no patience at all on offense and therefore no commitment to the running game.
Two, drastically change their defensive scheme to better fit their players.
The experiment is a failure and the defense might actually be worse than it was last year.
Nick Barnett is MIA and Aj Hawk is either way overrated or entirely misused.
Aaron Kampman needs to get back on the line rushing the passer.
I truly think the Packers have to do something drastic at safety or nothing else matters. They will continue to get scored on if they don’t get help at safety.
Of course, most people think it is all about the offensive line.
I don’t happen to be one of those people.
If you are only going to throw the ball down the field and you are not even going to pretend you might run, the offensive line is going to have problems no matter how good your players are.
Also, Aaron Rodgers does not adjust. He has a propensity for getting sacked just standing there, waiting for the risk free throw. At some point a quarterback has to realize what is going on and help his line by getting rid of the ball faster. This might mean taking risks, but I’d rather go down throwing than just tucking the ball away.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not a great offensive line. However, I don’t see this line taking over the trenches no matter how much they improve. The impetus falls on the quarterback to make a poor line better.
If the Packers want to succeed they need to get better on both sides of the ball. They can’t get a new roster now. Rodgers and the coaching staff need to step up.