In the midst of a four game winning streak, the Green Bay Packers offense has come together with a plethora of injuries to key players. Head coach Mike McCarthy has had to deal with these injuries and try to reshape the offense, but it was a much easier process than he originally would have thought. All he had to do was trust the running game and have better balance.
I have been a major critic of McCarthy this season. I think he is a very good coach and his record speaks for itself. However, I felt that he was getting too pass-happy, and when he did decide to run the ball his formation schemes were not fitting the styles of Eddie Lacy and James Starks. McCarthy has finally gone to formations that allow Lacy and Starks to run downhill, and with the sudden explosion on the run game quarterback Aaron Rodgers has had more time and is starting to see more single coverage on his receivers.
This past week against the Minnesota Vikings, McCarthy got the ball to Lacy and he made him the workhorse he should be. Lacy had 29 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown. Many of Lacy’s runs were in the I-formation and offset I-formation that allows the young stud to get his 5-foot-11 229-pound frame going downhill to make his runs even more powerful. Lacy said after the game that he is going to be real sore which is exactly how it should be. McCarthy has done a fantastic job over the past few weeks giving him the ball, and it has opened up a lot of plays for the offense.
The resurgence of the running game has given Rodgers opportunities to hit receivers and tight ends down the field. The play action game has become much more a staple in the offense, and McCarthy is keeping defenses honest throughout the entire game.
If the Packers can continue to run the ball well and keep this balanced attack the offense will only continue to improve and wins will keep coming. I love what I am seeing out of the offense the past few weeks and look forward to more success throughout the season as the Packers look to add another Lombardi Trophy to their trophy case.