Aaron Rodgers testing new strategy to speed up Packers’ offense
The Green Bay Packers weren’t thrilled with how their offense performed in their 10-3 win over the Chicago Bears in Week 1, and they’re trying some new things to make it better now.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers tested a new strategy during practice Friday by wearing a wristband with coach Matt LaFleur’s lengthy playcalls on his wrist in a bid to speed up the tempo of the offense.
“It gets [the play] out of my mouth a lot faster, I’ll tell you that much,” LaFleur said Friday, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “So yeah, maybe it helps me get him the play a little bit quicker.”
LaFleur would not guarantee that Rodgers would use the cheat sheet in Sunday’s game. On Wednesday, however, Rodgers had said that increasing the tempo was a huge focus for the Packers during practices.
“We do have some long calls in the plan — that’s just the way the offense is,” Rodgers said. “There’s a number of checks for different plays. It’s getting that call in and repeating it and going out there and trying to execute as quickly as possible. The great thing about this offense and the communication is we had a great debrief Monday and Tuesday about everything. We made some subtle changes to hopefully help with some of that tempo.”
There was nothing excessively wrong with Rodgers’ performance in Week 1, as he went 18-of-30 for 203 yards and a touchdown. It was clear he and his teammates were still getting used to the offense, though, and moving a bit too deliberately to be truly effective. They were still better than the Bears, though, which was all that mattered.