The Packers’ offense was disjointed after the third straight defeat. Aaron Rodgers’ last pass attempt of the day, which was a forward lateral, went out of bounds, and the Green Bay Packers lost for the third time in a row. Rodgers then laid face down on the sod at FedEx Field after he had completed the ball.
Aaron Rodgers Questioned the Packers’ Offense
After the game on Sunday, Aaron Rodgers had some concerns about the way the Green Bay Packers offense was being run. He said that winning the football game was not the objective.
However, as he looked into the future, he felt an overwhelming sense of assurance. Rodgers said that he did not have any concerns over this team. “This might turn out to be the finest thing for us.”
If Aaron Rodgers could, he would make all of the offensive problems disappear, but fixing them won’t be that easy. The Packers are ranked 20th in yards per game (331.6) and 23rd in scoring (18.3), and despite all of the talk that the ayahuasca-drinking signal-caller has done in recent months about good energy, the message has not permeated to every single person in the locker room.
Sammy Watkins, a veteran wide receiver with the team, was quoted as saying to USA Today Sports that “if you watch the game, you see we have those periods when we play well, energy is there, and fantastic feelings.” “Then you have that first half in which you’re looking around like, ‘What the heck is going on?’ “What the heck is going on?'”
If the Packers can’t provide satisfactory answers to these issues before their game on “Sunday Night Football” against the Buffalo Bills, then they run the danger of doing even more harm to their chances of making the playoffs. According to Watkins, the responsibility for this lies with the members of the coaching staff.
Watkins said that their thoughts were all over the place. We’re not quite sure where we are. Running back Aaron Jones expressed his unhappiness with the team’s lack of consistency as the reason.
We Can’t Make Things Work
Jones, who led the Packers in targets (10) and receptions (nine for 53 yards and two touchdowns) on Sunday, said, “We show it here, and we show it there.” “We simply can’t seem to bring everything together. Perhaps one player makes a mental mistake during one play, and then during the following play, someone else makes a mental error. We are going to keep working hard till the task is completed.
Watkins said that he and Rodgers have been in the game for a sufficient amount of time to recognize when anything other than the Xs and O’s is awry.
“Sometimes I just feel like, ‘What the?'” Watkins remarked. “Felt that mood pretty much the whole first half,” the player said. As soon as things started to become difficult, I started to feel ‘OK.’ We must have this mindset 99.9% of the time.
If we can recreate the sensation of the last five minutes of that game, we will be able to easily defeat many opponents. We are going to continue to appear just as horrible as we have been looking for as long as it doesn’t happen.
Watkins confessed only seconds after the loss that the whole squad felt “terrible” about themselves.
“It all comes down to energy,” Watkins remarked. The group with the most enthusiasm will prevail, no matter how talented its players may be. With that kind of enthusiasm and assurance, you can’t help but succeed.
Indeed, Washington did just that. They are bad. However, they were able to defeat a strong opponent. They were able to push through because they were energized.
Instead Of Blitzing Rodgers, Washington Slid Back into Coverage
On Sunday, Washington’s defense did not blitz Rodgers and instead dropped back into coverage. The Packers were losing by double digits in the fourth quarter when the four-time MVP tried five of his passes that sailed 10 yards or more beyond the line of scrimmage.
He attempted 35 field goals, 10 of which were from beyond the 20-yard line.
On Sunday, Rodgers threw for just 3.2 yards per pass, ranking second-lowest in the NFL behind only Eli Manning (4.3 yards per pass). Only 47 offensive plays were run, and for the first time in Rodgers’ career and a game since 1999, the Packers failed to convert on third down. So far this year, Rodgers has passed for 1,597 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions.
Matt LaFleur said after Sunday’s game that throwing downfield may open up the offense. We wouldn’t be here if we knew the solution. Whatever we’re putting out now, it ain’t good enough. “It’s a bitter pill”
The Packers lack explosiveness; De’Vondre Campbell returned an interception for a score (20.09 mph) on Sunday.
“We’ve got to look at everything and see what we’re doing,” LaFleur added.
David Bakhtiari, the Packers’ starting left tackle, has knee difficulties. The offensive line lacks consistency.
Watkins and Cobb are both hurt. Rodgers misses Davante Adams, who signed with the Raiders in the offseason.
Contrasts A Run-Pass-Option-Focused System
ESPN commentator Dan Orlovsky, a 12-year NFL quarterback, envisions a run-pass option-obsessed system and compares it to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021. Orlovsky stated they are in shotgun too frequently, which hinders their ability to combine the run game with play-action passing.
When opponents can play man-coverage because your receivers aren’t as good, they’ll challenge you to throw the ball, Orlovsky said.
“There’s no play where you say, ‘They’re close'”
Sunday, Green Bay receivers dropped passes. Romeo Doubs had two but no catches. Amari Rodgers dropped a long pass and muffed a punt. Christian Watson didn’t contribute.
Rodgers noted later that the receivers, except Watkins and Allen Lazard, made too many mental errors.
Rodgers: “Seven or eight passes might have been caught.” “We need them all because we’re not good enough.”
Rodgers doubled back on his remarks Tuesday, suggesting it may be time to “crack the whip”
“Mistake-prone players shouldn’t play,” he remarked. “Cut representatives.”
Rodgers understands he can create urgency by extending plays. Bakhtiari’s return would defend the quarterback’s blind side and steady a banged-up unit. A trade deadline move might unleash the offense.
The Packers will have questions until then.
“It’s not working,” Watkins remarked. I’m perplexed. This locker room is probably puzzled. We volunteered. Only keep training hard and will a victory. Uncomplaining. Can’t pinpoint what’s wrong.
“We can only play our hearts out each week.” Change is needed. Let’s go! What can we do as players?