Packers head coach Matt LaFleur wants a more explosive offense
LaFleur on @WildeAndTausch: “One are we really need to improve on is creating more explosive plays. We were pretty efficient … but were 23rd in explosive plays. That starts with play calling (and) maybe take a few more chances to help generate those plays down the field.”
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) May 28, 2020
“One are we really need to improve on is creating more explosive plays … We were pretty efficient . . . but were 23rd in explosive plays. That starts with play calling [and] maybe take a few more chances to help generate those plays down the field.”
LaFleur thinks the changes to play calling would help increase the offense’s success on explosive plays, but something else could probably have helped in that area as well. In one of the most loaded draft classes for wide receivers in years, the Packers didn’t select one.
It was shocking enough when the Packers drafted quarterback Jordan Love instead of going after a playmaker to help Aaron Rodgers win games now, but the fact the team didn’t take even one wide receiver caught everyone off guard.
The Packers did add Devin Funchess in free agency, who they hope will help the offense. But when it comes to explosive plays, he probably isn’t the answer. Of his 164 career receptions over five seasons, just 36 have gone for 20 or more yards.
Hopefully, LaFleur is right, and he can script up more explosive plays. Otherwise there are going to be a lot of questions coming about the way the front office handled the offseason.
Rodgers is 36 years old and not getting any younger. If the Packers want to win one more Super Bowl before he retires or moves on to another team, they need the offense to be more explosive this season, especially when the playoffs approach.