There were many compromises Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur had to make in 2019.
They didn’t want to take out of the offense too many things Rodgers excelled at while also removing the broken parts while installing new, albeit foreign, ones for the veteran quarterback.
One of those new things is the use of presnap motion. Players in motion was almost non-existent in the offense former coach Mike McCarthy ran in Green Bay but was a staple of the offense LaFleur and his former mentor Kyle Shanahan run.
With one year under his belt, LaFleur is starting to infuse more of his own concepts into the offense and that starts with pre-snap motion. Rodgers acknowledged after Sunday’s win over the Vikings that the motions are not going anywhere and “it’s been a lot of learning every week” for the team to properly utilize them.
The results on Sunday speak for themselves but one downside with motion is it chews up a lot of play clock and the Packers had to burn timeouts unnecessarily to avoid delay of game penalties.
That likely will get ironed out as games go on thanks to no preseason and an abbreviated training camp. Seeing receivers move around before the snap is something fans aren’t used to seeing but they had better get used to it. The offense took off Sunday and the sky is the limit.
Rodgers said he wasn’t a fan of motion earlier due to remembering all the signals but thanks to a wristband, and seeing the success other teams are having utilizing it, the quarterback is adapting and results like Sunday also help.
Rodgers and Davante Adams picked up right where they left off on Sunday and the bond between the two has been years in the making. Rodgers had his top two receivers in Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb when Adams was drafted in 2014 but the quarterback knew he was going to grow into something special.
The reports of Rodgers’ demise were apparently greatly exaggerated. Accurate, good footwork and throwing in rhythm. All have been things Rodgers has been inconsistent with the last few years but he excelled at on Sunday. Let the revenge tour commence.
No fans and also no tailgating at Lambeau Field Sunday for the home opener. It’s going to look and sound super weird all season, but safety for fans comes first and hopefully fans are back in some capacity later this year.
The truck is for sale in Missouri but the odds are pretty good someone from Wisconsin will buy this, right?