By Ben Schumacher @SchuBomber21 on August 12, 2014
The Green Bay Packers are loaded on offense again in 2014, but their personnel isn't the only reason they could put up huge numbers. A slight adjustment in coaching philosophy and several different points of emphasis for officials this season could help this year's offense reset the record books. As long as key players can remain healthy they should be unstoppable.
The unit allowed 26.8 points per game last season and there's no guarantee it will be much better this season. I expect Aaron Rodgers to be attempting about 40 passes per game as the offense tries to keep pace with the other team's frequent scoring.
There will be an increased emphasis on pass interference, illegal contact, and holding this season. This means wide receivers will be running their routes virtually unimpeded, which is perfect for a Green Bay Packers offense that is predicated on timing. Without defenders being able to disrupt receivers’ routes, guys like Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, and Jarrett Boykin will be able to run wild – as if Aaron Rodgers needed it to be easier.
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has shown his ability to run an explosive offense, but this season McCarthy says he wants the offense to be even faster and run 75 plays per game, which would be an NFL record. With this ramped up pace on offense, Aaron Rodgers will probably be airing the ball out about 40 times per game. This should result in the best statistical season of Rodgers' career.
After the injury to quarterback Aaron Rodgers last season, the Green Bay Packers were forced to do something they haven't done much in years past, run the football. This situation created a huge opportunity for rookie running back Eddie Lacy, one he took full advantage of. Now that teams know he's a legitimate threat they will have to respect the running game, which should open things up on the back end for Rodgers.
The Green Bay Packers arguably have the league’s best quarterback in Aaron Rodgers and one of the league’s top wide receiver combos in Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. They have depth behind Nelson and Cobb at wide receiver and some of their tight ends should be able to make a difference in the passing game. They also have a skilled offensive line that will have to remain healthy if they want Rodgers to make it through the whole season.
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