Head coach Mike McCarthy has been the offensive play caller for the Green Bay Packers his entire tenure and this year, and many people, including myself, have questioned him. He has done a decent job, but with more run looks, this offense can become even more dangerous.
The Packers finally have themselves a running back that is strong, physical and can run through the tackles. They drafted rookie Eddie Lacy in the second round of this years draft, and he is proving to be everything they hoped for.
Lacy is the fist running back with a downhill type of running style in Green Bay since Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport. The one difference is that Green and Davenport were used in a lot of I-formation sets when former great Brett Favre was at quarterback and former coaches Mike Sherman and Mike Holmgren were calling the plays. I think McCarthy should start to go back to this style of offense to make this year’s team even more dangerous.
So far this season, the Packers have shown very little I-formation sets. Most of the time, fans can expect quarterback Aaron Rodgers to be in the shotgun formation and either running a draw to Lacy or tossing a short pitch to him. That is where my problem lies with McCarthy.
Lacy is way too physical and should get his feet going forward before he receives the ball. The draw play gives him the ball too far back in the backfield, and the toss play is more desirable for a quick, shifty back like Johnathan Franklin or James Starks.
In last week’s game against the Detroit Lions, the Packers showed the I-formation set very few times, but when they did, Lacy was able to hit the hole and make guys miss. Lacy finished with 99 yards on the ground, and if it wasn’t for a questionable holding penalty late, would have ran for at least 110 yards.
It’s hard to question a coach like McCarthy when the Packers have been one of the top offenses in the NFL for the past few seasons. However, they finally have the running back they were looking for, and if they were to show more run formations, it would allow for Lacy to get going downhill, and would also open up a lot for Rodgers in the play action game.
I expect some changes to be made and for more run looks to be shown throughout the year. If the changes are made, expect even more explosion from an already very good offense.