Matt LaFleur knows he must get Aaron Jones more involved in Packers offense
The Green Bay Packers were blown out by the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. Their first-year head coach took most of the blame for the loss. After getting a chance to reflect, Matt LaFleur knows that he must get tailback Aaron Jones more involved.
“I think we definitely need to involve him more,” LaFleur said, via ESPN.com. “I think a little bit yesterday was a product of that scheme. There’s not a lot of [opportunities] for the backs, and then when we try to get the ball to the backs out of the backfield, they did a nice job of having vision on our halfbacks. That falls on me right there. I gotta do a better job of making sure he’s in the game when some of those plays are called for the halfbacks.”
When LaFleur took the job, everyone knew that his offense was predicated on utilizing his running backs. As a result, Jones is on his way to having the best season of his young career.
Currently, Jones is on track to finish the year with 1,426 yards from scrimmage and 20 total touchdowns. But in the past three weeks, LaFleur has failed to get Jones consistently involved.
The dual-threat running back has averaged 11 carries for 53 yards in his last three games. Above all, Jones has only caught one pass for negative one yard since Week 9.
The Packers’ offense is at its best when Jones is heavily involved as a runner and receiver. Green Bay can still develop into being a front runner in the NFC, but LaFleur is going to need to get his talented running back more touches moving forward.