I never thought I’d say this, but thank god Mike McCarthy will be the Packer's playcaller again.
After making the switch last year to having offensive coordinator Tom Clements call the plays, McCarthy finally took over the stagnant offensive with four games left in the season and rebooted the offense.
Just when I had thought that the Packer’s playcalling couldn’t get any more predictable, Tom Clements showed up and proved he could be even more vanilla than our previously very vanilla head coach. So now maybe I should call McCarthy french vanilla instead, a tempting thought given that it’s slightly fancier than regular vanilla, but the connection to France reminds me too much of losing and/or surrendering, so let’s just skip it.
Watching the Packer’s offense in weeks 1 through 13 last year was like watching a movie you’d already seen a hundred times.
1st and 10: Eddie Lacey up the middle (4 yards)
2nd and 6: Eddie Lacey off tackle (2 yards)
3rd and 4: Rodgers drops back, immediately forced to scramble as the entire defense blows through the offensive line like they’re Alsace-Lorraine and the defense is Hitler’s army. No receiver is open (shocking) and Rodgers either throws it into the upperdeck or at the feet of one of his worthless receivers.
4th and 4: Punt
I get that the offensive line faced a lot of injuries and without Jordy, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams were exposed as clear WR2 and WR3/WR4 options respectively who need a top tier receiver to divert safety attention and stretch the secondary. So Rodgers was throwing to players who were expected to be on the practice squad before Jordy was hurt. He was also throwing to James Jones, a receiver that was so comfortable lazily drifting through his routes that he didn’t bother to change out of his “girls-night-in” sweats for the game.
Come week 14 and a 3-4 record over the last 7 games, McCarthy finally took over the reins again and actually brought some life back to the offense. He mixed things up at the line of scrimmage, occasionally throwing Cobb into the backfield to get some actual speed back there and also putting Lacey in positions where he could succeed – i.e. not creating a pattern of playcalling that made it so the whole defense is thinking run right before we hand it off to Lacey. This reopened the gates for effective play-action, something no defense had bitten on since week 1, which is the bread and butter of this team’s offense.
I don’t know if it was a pre-meditated genius move by McCarthy to throw us an offensive coordinator even worse at calling plays than he is, but regardless it worked. I’m brainwashed and ready to follow McCarthy and this team to the gates of hell, now let’s do what we’re supposed to do at Jacksonville and for the love of god don’t lose to the Jags.