Rodgers’ Play-action Struggles Shouldn’t Worry You
Aaron Rodgers has things to improve on from last season. Hell, all quarterbacks do. Even Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson, the two best quarterbacks going in the game, have things they should be improving on for next season. One of the big things for Rodgers is getting better in the play-action. Zach Kruse of PackersWire wrote about Rodgers’ struggles in the play-action and how they have to improve. This is a good read from Zach, but nothing to cause a great deal of concern for the Packers. While there were real struggles with the 2019 offense, there are reasons to believe that was a blip versus the standard for the Green Bay Packers.
Last year, Green Bay ran a hybrid offense. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur had a combination of two offenses. He had his own and former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. The second part might not have shown up in the scheme but rather the type of players on the roster. LaFleur added players through the draft to gear it more towards his style of offense. I picture Green Bay being more bunched in with a ton of motion and the ability to create things with run/pass options including using play-action.
There are reports, whether you believe them or not, that Rodgers does not like his back to the offensive line. While Mike Lombardi is a peddler of bad information, it could be true. If that’s the case, the Packers quarterback needs to adapt to the new NFL. Play-action is being used more and more and some of the best quarterbacks in the league are using it effectively. Even if Rodgers doesn’t like it, I’m sure he and LaFleur will work on ways to make play-action easier for him.
This is one thing to watch in the first month of the season and beyond. Can Rodgers and company fix their problems when it comes to play-action? We’ll see when things get rolling again in September.