The Packers offense has been the subject of much concern in Green Bay all season, leading coach Mike McCarthy to say that quarterback Aaron Rodgers is “the most frustrated I’ve ever seen him.”
The team has tried various things to get the unit operating at a higher level, including McCarthy taking back play calling responsibilities, but nothing has worked consistently. One thing that’s worked at times, including the fourth quarter of last week’s loss to the Vikings, has been a more freewheeling approach when the team is trying to come from behind.
Rodgers said this week that “maybe I have to adjust my mindset and kind of let it fly a little more” than he’s accustomed to doing, something that could raise both the potential for the missing big plays on offense as well as the risk of turnovers. Avoiding interceptions has been a strength for Rodgers over the years, but he said winning is a bigger consideration.
“Whatever it takes to win,” Rodgers said, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “At this point we haven’t been very consistent in any capacity on offense, so if it means being a little riskier with the ball with a bigger reward on the back end, that’s something you’ve got to think about.”
We’ll find out Sunday if the Packers will make those adjustments, but there’s little downside to something new when the same old thing hasn’t worked out in Green Bay.