Green Bay Packers: 5 Ways To Stay Competitive Without Jermichael Finley
5 Things Green Bay Can Do Without Jermichael Finley
Jermichael Finley is currently waiting to hear what his future may or may not hold for him on the football field. While the Green Bay Packers play the waiting game, they have to do something to make sure the loss of Finley doesn’t affect them terribly the rest of the season.
Now, with Aaron Rodgers as your quarterback, I don’t think it really matters who lines up for you at tight end, because Rodgers is good enough to get anyone the ball. When I think of great game changing tight ends, I think Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates. Finley is a good player, but he’s not a huge game changer.
Don’t get me wrong though, Green Bay will have to change their game plan up a bit, but it shouldn’t be something that hampers their offense much, or at all. The Packers’ passing offense is going to be good whether Jermichael is on the field or not. This isn’t going to be the first time they have had to play without Finley lined up at tight end.
They have a very formidable duo at running back with Eddie Lacy and James Starks, so running the ball is definitely something they are going to have to do if Finley’s absence affects them worse than what a lot of people think.
With Rodgers as their quarterback, Green Bay will be in contention for the rest of the season. Even with that said, running the ball more and a few other things will help the Packers overcome the loss of Finley.
Promote From Within
They can always go with the "next man up" philosophy and roll with Andrew Quarless. Is he as good as Finley? Definitely not, but he can be adequate with Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback.
Use Tight End Strictly For Blocking Purposes
If Green Bay feels they don't need a tight end to help their passing game, then why not just use the position as an extra blocker? Allow John Kuhn to teach some blocking techniques to the tight end, and use that position to help open up holes for the running backs.
Convice Donald Driver to Come Out of Retirement
Finley isn't the only receiving option hampered right now. Rodgers and the Packers are with James Jones and Randall Cobb as well. Why not bring a Packers' legend out of retirement? Donald Driver would be perfect for the job. A player of his caliber still has something left in the tank, and he very well could help the Packers' receiving game.
Trade For a Tight End
If all else fails and Green Bay doesn't think anything else will work, then why not go out and trade for a tight end? It doesn't necessarily have to be Tony Gonzalez, but I'm sure there is a tight end out there somewhere that Green Bay thinks could help them the rest of the season.
Run the Ball More
With the talented duo of Eddie Lacy and James Starks, Green Bay can afford to take some pressure off of Rodgers by running the ball more. They're going to need a running game in the postseason, so they should allow these two backs to show them exactly what they're capable of if they have to carry the offensive load the majority of the rest of the season.