One thing announcers try to point out is the defense getting tired. A trademark of great defenses seems to be the opposite. And it definitely looks like our defense is trending in this direction. I notice they love being on the field, don’t get tired, swarm toward the ball for four quarters and get stronger as the game goes on. It may be a time-of-possession thing (strong offense), but it sure is nice looking forward to our defense getting out there on game day.
It’s always a work in progress to me, because it’s really difficult to play four full quarters of strong defense the way this league is geared. I thought the defense really benefited from Green Bay’s TOP advantage in the Pittsburgh and Arizona games, but even then the Cardinals were rolling offensively in the second half until the last play. The defense also had some late-game breakdowns against San Francisco and Cincinnati that almost led to losses, but the Packers survived. The trends are all pointing the right way, and some major reinforcements could be coming, but no one can ever assume it’s all squared away.
Karen from South Beloit, IL
I know there’s no math in the Inbox, but based on the percentage of $14,650 on AL13 and AR12’s salaries, then figuring an average American salary of $50,000, Allen Lazard would be paying $1,085 and Aaron Rodgers $22. For the same infraction. Why is the NFL not fining percentage of salary?
Because that’s not how the union negotiated the fines into the CBA.
In his tenure as HC, ML’s most common self-criticism of his play-calling is that he got away from the run when he shouldn’t have. I know there’s no simple answer, and I’m not being critical, but if he knows it’s an issue in every loss and quite a few close wins, why does he continue to make the same mistake?
That’s the question on a lot of fans’ minds, and as you said, there’s no simple answer. When things aren’t going well on offense, a play-caller is always caught between easing the burden on the QB by running more, or getting the QB into a rhythm by throwing more. In the heat of the moment, LaFleur seems to lean toward the latter. When it doesn’t work out as intended, you’re always going to regret the choice made.
What is the best identity for our offense this year? It feels like we have so many weapons that we lose sight of fueling the engine that makes the system run. Literally committing to running the ball with our dynamic one-two punch in the backfield seems like it will then open up more for us. What do you think?
I agree enthusiastically and wholeheartedly.
Laura from Crown Point, IN
I am glad to see the defense step it up at the Kansas City game. What could the offense do to step it up to give better protection to both Rodgers and Jordan Love?
See above. Make the pass rushers play run on the way to the quarterback. Only the very best can effectively do so.
Following up on Mike’s answer to Joseph from Salt Lake City, if offensive game-planning starts with identifying the opposing defense’s weaknesses, how about defensive game-planning? They would have to try anticipate how an opponent might try to attack whatever perceived weaknesses they put on tape in previous weeks I’m guessing. Is that anticipation part of what makes a good coach great?
There’s more to it. When I said the coaches were figuring out how best to attack Seattle’s defense, that’s within the context of what Green Bay does best. Teams want to run what they’re good at, and they’ll figure out how to do so against a particular scheme to go after vulnerabilities. Conversely, defenses start by figuring out how to try to take away, or limit, what an offense does best, knowing where it might be leaving itself exposed in that effort. The other “weakness” part is more about individual matchups, in my view. Both sides look at how to get this guy matched up on that guy, because they feel they’ll win that matchup and can exploit it, and the converse is understanding the potential bad matchups and figuring out how to avoid them.