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Packers want to pick up the pace on offense

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Packers coach Mike McCarthy believes that quarterback Aaron Rodgers had the best spring practices of his career and that may be part of the reason why the Packers coach thinks the team’s offense can move even faster in the 2014 season than it has in the past.

The Packers ranked 11th in the NFL last season with an average of just over 67 offensive snaps per game and Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports that the team wants to boost that number to 75 snaps per game this year.

“We’ve always been a fast-tempo offense,” McCarthy said. “To me, there are two approaches to playing the game of football. Historically, in my opinion because I don’t want to offend anybody, defensive coaches want to slow the game down, run the ball, shorten the game. Your offensive coaches more want to pick it up. I’ve always been of the belief of getting as many shots as you can, so we’ve always emphasized playing as fast as you can. When you have as many three-down players as you can possibly have, obviously your substitution patterns are cleaner. You’re not subbing because you have to, you’re subbing just when you need to.”

There’s no reason to worry about Rodgers running that kind of offense as McCarthy says he plays faster than anyone else he’s ever been around and the receivers should be up for the task, but the rest of the lineup could get in the way. Eddie Lacy came off the field on a lot of third downs last season, giving defenses time to adjust and slow the game down a little bit, and the loss of Jermichael Finley limited them at tight end.

The hope is that Lacy will be a three-down player in 2014 and that someone can emerge as an every-down tight end so that the Packers are free to keep the pedal to the metal all day long. That should make for difficult days for opposing defenses even if they don’t hit 75 plays every week.

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  1. seapoeschl says: Jul 14, 2014 12:20 PM

    Yes I got here before the Packer bashing Vikings’ fans arrived.

  2. thepftpoet says: Jul 14, 2014 12:25 PM

    The Packers offense is filled with injury prone, system players that couldn’t even produce without Aaron Rodgers.

    This became very obvious when Jordy Nelson had only 1 TD in 5 weeks with Rodgers last year.

    Randall Cobb constantly gets injured and can’t stay on the field when they truly need him.

    And Eddie Lacy is Trent Richardson 2.0, flourishing his rookie season and then is destined to be a bust like the rest of the Alabama Running Backs in the NFL, who all wear out in the NFL fast.

    There’s nothing to be excited about on the offensive side of the ball for the Packers this year.

    Except losing to the Vikings twice next year.

  3. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jul 14, 2014 12:25 PM

    Great… here comes Ariani/Poet/Spielman to post some utter nonsense.

  4. gojags says: Jul 14, 2014 12:28 PM

    #12 is the offense. As long is the OLine keep him healthy, their offense would be on pace to be #1-#3.

  5. nkmho says: Jul 14, 2014 12:29 PM

    Just go steal Chip Kelly’s assistants.

  6. thepftpoet says: Jul 14, 2014 12:30 PM

    Without*

  7. conormacleod says: Jul 14, 2014 12:32 PM

    The offense isn’t the problem. It’s hurrying up to get that crappy defense back on the field. Major problem.

  8. aldante66 says: Jul 14, 2014 12:33 PM

    I personally – and yes the guy won a super bowl and yes his team has a pretty good record but still with all that, I’m not crazy about MM.
    I truely think his mindset is, if we score a lot and play enough D to get buy we can win. Yes true. You can be 8-8 all the time, just ask a lot of 8-8 teams.

    They did improve the D some but passed up on some quality free agent talent that would have shored the D up nicely.

    I mean he will run Lacy the whole game rather than let free legs come in and run at a tired D. He calls the same plays over and over and worst, calls the offensive plays.

    Hey manage the game and let an O coach and D coach do the coaching. Its way too much over his head and the reason this team will not be 8-8 this year and not make the playoffs.

  9. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 14, 2014 12:38 PM

    It’s going to be a good thing! And, our already awesome defense is going to be much better.

    Can’t. Wait.

  10. axespray says: Jul 14, 2014 12:39 PM

    We were unstoppable in 2011 with that no huddle – so it makes sense to get back to dialing that up.

    Especially now that we can counter any defense that wants to drop everyone back in coverage with Lacy.

  11. purplezimmerpride says: Jul 14, 2014 12:42 PM

    This is not good news for my Vikings NFC North worst defense. That equals 75 scoring opportunities a game.

  12. bdfun400 says: Jul 14, 2014 12:45 PM

    pftpoet needs to find a new hobby.

  13. ariani1985 says: Jul 14, 2014 12:47 PM

    If you pick up the pace it puts your high school level defense on the field sooner!

  14. axespray says: Jul 14, 2014 12:47 PM

    aldante66 says:
    Jul 14, 2014 12:33 PM
    I personally – and yes the guy won a super bowl and yes his team has a pretty good record but still with all that, I’m not crazy about MM.

    Yes true. You can be 8-8 all the time, just ask a lot of 8-8 teams.

    Its way too much over his head and the reason this team will not be 8-8 this year and not make the playoffs.
    ——————————–

    Cause the coach whose team has made the playoffs for 5 years in a row (6 out of the 8 seasons he’s been the coach) is someone I’d slap the “8-8″ sticker on. Completely mediocre … running a top 5 offense with his QB gone for half the season. smh.

  15. blue18hutthutt says: Jul 14, 2014 12:49 PM

    Rodgers needs to stop holding onto the ball so long at times too

  16. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 14, 2014 1:00 PM

    Running more plays makes sense if the idea is to hold onto the ball longer to keep the defense off the field. Just playing faster for the sake of getting more plays in is not a recipe for success. Rather than giving your own team more opportunities to score, I would try to give the other team fewer opportunities to score. Rodgers is great on third down, so run the ball more, take some time off the clock, and let Rodgers convert all the way down field. That pressures the other team to score every time they have the ball, which is going to be tough even against the Packer defense.

  17. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 14, 2014 1:01 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Jul 14, 2014 12:38 PM
    It’s going to be a good thing! And, our already awesome defense is going to be much better.

    Can’t. Wait.
    ____

    Ladies and gentlemen…The Packer equivalent to pftpoet.

  18. fartweasel says: Jul 14, 2014 1:01 PM

    A quicker offense won’t help their lowsy defense.

  19. infectorman says: Jul 14, 2014 1:04 PM

    Just add them to the list of teams that are copying the Patriots old blueprint from a few years back

  20. bassplucker says: Jul 14, 2014 1:17 PM

    Wait a minute… I thought they finally had their RB in Lacy? Typically you go to hurry-up when you don’t have personnel with the ability to ground-and-pound.

    The other thing is, the more plays you run, the more chances you give your QB to get hurt — especially behind a suspect OL. Plus as others here have noted, the likelihood your defense will be on the field more often as well.

    Bottom line, all of this isn’t quite adding up. I smell smokescreen.

  21. nflsucker says: Jul 14, 2014 1:18 PM

    pftpoet needs to find a new hobby.
    ——————————————

    Just stop disliking or even acknowledging his incessant garbage. Any reaction at all is like letting a trashcan know you give it a thumbs down.

  22. floratiotime says: Jul 14, 2014 1:22 PM

    That’s 25 possessions.

  23. Frazier28/7 says: Jul 14, 2014 1:23 PM

    Yeah, that fast paced offense will really help you win games in January in Lambeau…. Not.

  24. wutangwild says: Jul 14, 2014 1:27 PM

    I’m dissapointed in the number of Vikings trolls there are on this article. As a Vikes fan that went to college in Wisco and was there to witness their SB win, holy smokes do those guys know how to celebrate. I just hope we are able to compete this year, and Rodgers is an amazing QB. Offense won’t be a problem, it’s the defense that they need to worry about.

  25. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jul 14, 2014 1:27 PM

    I have no doubt that A-Rodge can do it, but can Flynn do it when A-Rodge is out due to injury? NFC North = Toughest Division in Football

  26. thevikingdefender says: Jul 14, 2014 1:30 PM

    Its gonna be a tough division. I bet all 4 teams finish .500 or better. Those divisional games will be crucial!

  27. sameer1138 says: Jul 14, 2014 1:31 PM

    Somewhere, Nick Saban is whining about how this is killing the game.

  28. thevikingdefender says: Jul 14, 2014 1:33 PM

    If you guys hate poet and them. Get filthy, and tokyo sandblaster to stop trolling Vikings articles. They are the only reason you see Vikings fans trolling on here. Go on a Viking article and its ten times worse.

  29. lowdownmofo says: Jul 14, 2014 1:33 PM

    The Vikings offense is filled with marginal players that couldn’t even produce with anyone at QB.

    This became very obvious when Greg Jennings had only 5 TDs in 16 weeks with (insert QB) last year.

    (insert Vikings plyaer) constantly gets injured and can’t stay on the field when they truly need him.

    And Bridgewater is Trent Dilfer 2.0, floundering his rookie season and then is destined to be a bust like the rest of the Vikings Quaterbacks in the NFL, who all wear out in the NFL fast.

    There’s nothing to be excited about on the offensive side of the ball for the Vikings this year.

    Except losing to the Packers twice next year.

    Am I doing it right pftpoet?

  30. purpleguy says: Jul 14, 2014 1:37 PM

    Pace schmace — this team has very little to worry about on offense as long as their QB is healthy. The D is where there are questions, so you’d think MM would prefer to slow the pace down a bit to keep the stronger unit on the field more.

  31. pampabear says: Jul 14, 2014 1:42 PM

    They had better pick it up on offense if they want to keep up with the Bears!

  32. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 14, 2014 1:45 PM

    Don’t listen to the purple trolls just the thought of the offense improving has them more scared than usual. This is the same Packer offense with injuries last year that scored on every single possession in a game against the queens last year. Can’t wait to see when the team is healthy.

  33. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Jul 14, 2014 2:00 PM

    Can’t wait for the vikings to win their division this year!! Oh wait… they have a terribke defense a terrible offense. They only have AP and cordalle patterson but it wont matter because there the vikings. Their superbowl year end year out is the NFL Draft.

  34. bridgeh2o says: Jul 14, 2014 2:04 PM

    The faster the offense gets done, the MORE the undeniably bad DEFENSE needs to stay on the field.

    The packer “defense” is offensive!!!!

  35. bridgeh2o says: Jul 14, 2014 2:05 PM

    Need to see if her shoulder can handle those extra plays……

  36. dpagsknowsall says: Jul 14, 2014 2:08 PM

    Can’t wait to see this in action. This team is as loaded as it’s ever been!

  37. squishman says: Jul 14, 2014 2:14 PM

    I am not impressed by the green and yellow. Sorry cheesers, it is not gold. If you want to see actual gold color in uniforms, I refer you to the Niners, Rams and Vikings.

  38. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jul 14, 2014 2:22 PM

    They better! Vikes and Bears O didn’t get any worse. Bring it Rogers! Bring it Lacey! GO PACK!

  39. jimthebuilder27 says: Jul 14, 2014 2:24 PM

    Darn right they’ll pick up the pace! A-Rod will be MVP, Eddie Lacy will run over the defenders and the defense will shock everyone on their way to a 14th World Championship!

  40. ruvelligwebuike says: Jul 14, 2014 2:24 PM

    All things considered, this is probably the most talented squad the Packers have had in the MM era. The 10-6 Super Bowl Championship year had a lot of young talent, but lacked in quite a few areas. The 15-1 team couldn’t stop anyone…they just scored 40 points a game.

    This team should be much better defensively. They weren’t THAT bad last year, just sorely lacked the safety play required in Dom’s D. Burnett and Jennings were flat-out terrible. Hopefully with Hayward back and Hyde/Ha Ha back there to free up Burnett to do what he’s good at (playing near the line of scrimmage), the D will be vastly improved.

    12-4 is my guess.

  41. rodgersheisjolly says: Jul 14, 2014 2:31 PM

    That just great. The packers defense is crap; so now they are going to run a up tempo so the D can be on the field more? Old man peppers is going to be gassed by half! Fatty lacy will need oxygen.

  42. chris1cat says: Jul 14, 2014 2:42 PM

    Faster doesn’t always mean that it’s better.
    Just ask her………………

  43. ariani1985 says: Jul 14, 2014 2:47 PM

    That picture really shows off those tiny hands!

  44. eagleniner says: Jul 14, 2014 2:54 PM

    Im not a Packers fan, but anytime you have Aaron Rodgers running your offense your going to do well on offense. But what truly amazes me is how Chip Kelly’s influence is now starting to spread throughout the league. He comes to the NFL has success with his faced paced offense and now others want to emulate it. Well all I can say is that if there is anyone that can have that success its Aaron Rodgers

  45. leroysbutler says: Jul 14, 2014 2:59 PM

    “Ladies and gentlemen, with the first pick in the 2015 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings pick…….”

  46. universalchurchoftruth says: Jul 14, 2014 3:01 PM

    It is hard being fast when you are soft.

  47. leatherface2012 says: Jul 14, 2014 3:03 PM

    LIKE TO SEE HOW GASSED THEY GET running the no huddle all game long

  48. rho1953 says: Jul 14, 2014 3:07 PM

    Packers sweep the Queens, ensuring another year with an empty trophy case for the worst franchise in the league.

  49. thevikesarebest says: Jul 14, 2014 3:19 PM

    The great AP>entire packer offense

  50. longtimefanhtr says: Jul 14, 2014 3:21 PM

    Go ahead and talk about last years offense and defense. Problems have been addressed since then.

  51. revelation123 says: Jul 14, 2014 3:22 PM

    Eddie Lacy already is a 3 down player. McCarthy rarely substituted someone else for Lacy on 3rd downs. Instead, McCarthy put Starks in for an entire drive. Then Lacy would come back for a few drives.

    This article flies in the face of what actually happened last year. Not to mention flies in the face of what McCarthy already said earlier this year. McCarthy said he wanted Lacy to get LESS carries this season so he could be fresh for the end of the season.

  52. ronin36 says: Jul 14, 2014 3:36 PM

    Good in theory… but the possible downside is if you don’t score, go 3 (or 6) and out, and punt, your defense goes back out on the field with little time for resting. And their offense is going to want to slow things down.. to tire out the Packers’ defense (and keep #12 off the field).

    That takes its toll by the 3rd quarter. That’s why the defense minded coaches want to slow their offenses down, so their defense can rest.

    Fast paced offense is good, and can control the clock, if you’re running a lot of short yardage plays. Then you tire out their defense while letting yours rest.

  53. kidsamoa260 says: Jul 14, 2014 3:38 PM

    You’re still gonna start the season 0 – 1.

  54. revelation123 says: Jul 14, 2014 3:44 PM

    “But what truly amazes me is how Chip Kelly’s influence is now starting to spread throughout the league. He comes to the NFL has success with his faced paced offense and now others want to emulate it.”
    —————-

    What? The reason McCarthy said that is because Rodgers was gone for half the season; which slowed down the already-fast offense.

    With Rodgers back they should be able to get that back up to 75 per game from the 67 they had last year without Rodgers for half the season.

    It’s McCarthy’s normal offense. He simply wasn’t able to run it for half the year last season.

  55. rodgersfeeblecollarbone says: Jul 14, 2014 3:45 PM

    Come on. Stop playing around. You know this will never work.

    To go to hurry up, or to increase the pace in general, means Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews will be out coming down by halftime. They’d have to replenish their PED’s well before the 4th quarter to make it to the end of the game, let alone a season of this madness.

    And Jordy Nelson would have sweated through his stickum’ on his gloves and Clay Matthews would have completely sweated through all his hair grease that he uses to blind players by rubbing it in their eyes in scrums.

    Then you have to take into affect that Eddie “Too Fat Cause of Big Macs” Lacy’s poor ankles will wear out under that incredible weight. I almost feel sorry for them all… That’s a rough deal.

    NFC Standings for 2014

    1) Minnesota Vikings (12-4)
    2) Detroit Lions (10-6)
    3) Chicago Bears (8-8)
    4) Green Bay Packers (4-10)

    Green Bay may win the last game when the Lions are resting all their players. It’ll be a feel good game for them full with Gatorade on McCarthy and everything.

    Book It

  56. stellarperformance says: Jul 14, 2014 3:47 PM

    Look closely at the photo above….his fingertips appear to be touching inside the handwarmer. My goodness, he has massive hands….like a real NFL starter requires.

  57. deltaoracle says: Jul 14, 2014 3:48 PM

    No, a fast offense doesn’t mean that the defense has to spend more time on the field. If they shut down the opposing offense, the defense is out there for exactly three plays. It’s up to them to do their job. Maybe they’ll be more up to it this year.
    I think a “hurry up” offense is great – as an occasional change of pace. I don’t like to see a steady diet of it. I think an offense misses weaknesses on the defense when it’s trying to hurry all the time. I also think an offense becomes more predictable. Using Lacy to wear down opposing front sevens and mixing in Rodgers’ precision strikes would seem to me to be the best way to go; just my $0.02. I’m willing to admit MM knows more about what’s best.

  58. ruvelligwebuike says: Jul 14, 2014 3:52 PM

    “Come on. Stop playing around. You know this will never work.

    To go to hurry up, or to increase the pace in general, means Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews will be out coming down by halftime. They’d have to replenish their PED’s well before the 4th quarter to make it to the end of the game, let alone a season of this madness.

    And Jordy Nelson would have sweated through his stickum’ on his gloves and Clay Matthews would have completely sweated through all his hair grease that he uses to blind players by rubbing it in their eyes in scrums.

    Then you have to take into affect that Eddie “Too Fat Cause of Big Macs” Lacy’s poor ankles will wear out under that incredible weight. I almost feel sorry for them all… That’s a rough deal.

    NFC Standings for 2014

    1) Minnesota Vikings (12-4)
    2) Detroit Lions (10-6)
    3) Chicago Bears (8-8)
    4) Green Bay Packers (4-10)

    Green Bay may win the last game when the Lions are resting all their players. It’ll be a feel good game for them full with Gatorade on McCarthy and everything.

    Book It”
    ————————–

    Even the most basic of concepts is too difficult for the Minnesotan to grasp. See above.

  59. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jul 14, 2014 4:22 PM

    Really sick of you guys “Thumbs downing” my comments all the time. Show some class, give me a “thumbs up” guys.

  60. lowdownmofo says: Jul 14, 2014 4:59 PM

    Meanwhile… Bustwater is getting real fast at Madden. His tiny thumbs are sore.

  61. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jul 14, 2014 5:17 PM

    Really? Morw “thumbs downs” on a request for “thumbs ups”. Come on guys. Seriously. Be cool.

  62. tangysizzl says: Jul 14, 2014 5:50 PM

    Hey Numba, you want thumbs up try Spelling Rodgers and Lacy’s names correctly.

  63. vegasjss says: Jul 14, 2014 5:53 PM

    Colt Lyria. TE problem solved.

  64. pftpoetisloosebuthole says: Jul 14, 2014 6:02 PM

    If they stay healthy the packers offense could be huge.

  65. rho1953 says: Jul 14, 2014 6:25 PM

    They are going to slaughter the hapless Vikequeens. We may see the first TKO in the history of the NFL. People may change the channel to protect their children from the image. They will have to lock the doors on all the high rise building in Minnesota (okay, that was mean, they don’t have any) to keep Vikequeens fans from committing mass suicide. They may jump from their treestands by the thousands this fall. They might need a law requiring ice fishermen in Minnesota to wear PFD’s at all times to keep them from spontaneously jumping in when the Packers run up the score.

  66. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 14, 2014 8:30 PM

    The Packers had 1074 offensive plays last season.
    The Packers offense scored 417 points last season.
    So that is one point for every 2.57 plays.

    The Packers Offense averaged 6 yards per play (4th) and over 400 yards per game (3rd).

    Just having Rodgers for the full season will improve those numbers.

    Some teams were so bad they did not even have 1000 plays.

  67. beerbratscheese says: Jul 14, 2014 8:46 PM

    The Packers have played an up-tempo offense for years. They’ve just been tweaking it here and there to make improvements. The o-line is young and should be stable now. With a lethal running attack now, this offense could be close to unstoppable.

    If the defense can stay healthy all year, they are easily top 15 and probably top 10. This team is fully capable of making another deep playoff run.

  68. rudedog36 says: Jul 15, 2014 9:37 AM

    nflsucker says: Jul 14, 2014 1:18 PM

    pftpoet needs to find a new hobby.
    ——————————————

    Just stop disliking or even acknowledging his incessant garbage. Any reaction at all is like letting a trashcan know you give it a thumbs down.
    ————————————
    He’ll just change his name. Heck who am I kidding. He already has various names. He posts several times in the same page with different names.

  69. 1952vikefan says: Jul 15, 2014 4:49 PM

    wish and want in one hand and s*#t in the other see which fills up first you have to have long drives with a lot of first downs erin always wants the deep ball but coming off broken collar bone he will be dumping it off more often once she is sacked a few times and breaks a nail its pouting time as is always she will blame a coach or player

  70. coleman121280 says: Jul 15, 2014 10:26 PM

    VIkings go 11-5 and are super bowl champs!

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