Could the 2011 Packers Offense Be the Best in Green Bay History?
The Green Bay Packers are such an old franchise that it would be a too difficult a task for any analyst to document virtually every single team that has ever played.
The most notable teams that have ever played would be the years under coaches Curly Lambeau, Mike Holmgren and the legendary Vince Lombardi.
Coach Mike McCarthy may be the most conservative coach in the NFL, and from time to time, every Packers fan catches him doing something that just makes us either throw the remote at the TV or simply scratch our heads.
But at least McCarthy is a brilliant offensive-minded coach who has done a masterful job of developing Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn, as well as winning a Super Bowl without a key run game. He also does a great job in motivating the team.
With the way the Green Bay Packers torched the New Orleans Saints defense in the season opener, one simply has to wonder: Just how good is the Packers offense going to be this season?
Given the way the Packers played last season without a capable running game, and the combination of Ryan Grant, James Starks, Alex Green and John Kuhn working together now, a theory emerges that is really quite simple.
Will this be the best Packers offense ever?
Already great offense plus legit run game equals super high-octane offense.
Aaron Rodgers is already off to a terrific start with 300 yards, three touchdowns and a passer rating of 132.1, and there's no reason to think that will change with the Packers facing Carolina in their next game.
It's a little early, but I think it is entirely possible for Rodgers to break Favre's franchise record of 39 touchdowns in 1996. He accumulated a total of 35 touchdowns back in 2009, so who's to say that it can't happen?
Like I already mentioned, the running game is at the very least, efficient. As the season moves on, the run game could continue to gain more balance and team chemistry, and I expect the run-blocking to improve as well.
Bryan Bulaga and Josh Sitton are becoming an excellent run-blocking duo, and T.J. Lang is still settling in at his new left guard position, and I suspect he will in time become a good complement to the run game.
And what can I say about the receiving corps?
You've already hear a hundred times about how this is the best group in the league, but the return of Jermichael Finley and the addition of Randall Cobb makes this group just plain unstoppable!
There is a dilemma here, however—at least to me there is. How long is this group going to stay together?
James Jones was a given a new contract this season, and while $9 million isn't that much to keep him, I still feel as though it means either Jordy Nelson or Jermichael Finley is leaving after this season.
There is only about $7 million of cap space left, and that's probably not going to be enough to keep both Nelson and Finley. $10 million might have been just enough to keep both of them.
Between those three players, I would have easily let James Jones go. In fact, this is why I vouched for his departure.
So enjoy watching this group while you can Packer fans, because if I had to bet on it now, I would have to say that it's Finley who's leaving.
But for this season, the stellar play of Aaron Rodgers, an effective and efficient run game, the best offensive live under Rodgers yet and a passing attack unlike any other in the NFL, we not only could be seeing the best offense in the league, but the best offense that has ever played in Green Bay history.
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