Overall, the Green Bay Packers' performance over the first two preseason games has been average at best. I am not concerned about what I have seen from the defense thus far. But I am concerned about the lack of chemistry on offense. Mainly, the number of times the Aaron Rodgers has been put on his back.
He has been sacked six times in the first two games. In these two games, Rodgers has dropped back to pass 30 times, which means that he has been sacked 20 percent of the time the Packers have attempted a passing play. The blame can be distributed between the offensive line, Aaron Rodgers, and Brett Favre.
Anytime a team's QB is sacked 20 percent of the time, the first place to point the finger is towards the offensive line. Obviously, the offensive line has failed to protect Rodgers, and on multiple occasions, they have given up sacks before Aaron has completed his five-step drop in the pocket, which is totally unacceptable.
However, there have been times in these first two games that the offensive line has given Rodgers more than enough time (seven seconds) to throw the ball, and Rodgers has still been sacked. In these examples, Aaron has to either attempt to complete a pass or throw the ball away.
There is an easy way to decide who to blame for a sack: If the QB is sacked in less than five seconds, it is the fault of the line, and any sack that occurs after five seconds is the QB's fault. And throughout these first two games, there have been examples of both; therefore, both are equally responsible for the six sacks.
Now, you might be wondering why Brett Favre is to blame for the poor play of the Packers' offensive unit. For starters, if he would have decided to come back before the draft, then he would still be the starting QB for the Packers and this article would not have been written.
Over the last 17 years, Brett Favre has spoiled the fans and his fellow players on his team. He is not your average quarterback in any way. His mechanics go against everything the coach wants you to do.
He throws off of his back foot, which means that his O-line does not have to provide him with a real pocket or time that is needed for an average QB. And over the years, the Packers have come accustom to his freakish style of play. Now they have to reform to a QB that has good mechanics and therefore needs time and a pocket to form around him.
I believe that the Packers will be able to get their chemistry, but with only two preseason games before their much-anticipated MNF game against Minnesota, they need to get it in a hurry.