Nathaniel Hackett: New system won’t be a “start over” for Aaron Rodgers

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Aaron Rodgers may have a whole new coaching staff to work with next season with the Green Bay Packers, but don’t expect the offense to change too much under the new regime.

According to PackersNews.com, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said on Monday that the new coaching staff isn’t looking to completely tear down the type of playbook that Rodgers has thrived in throughout his run as a starter in Green Bay.

You don’t want to necessarily treat it as a start over because he’s done so many great things,” Hackett said. “I think the whole thing is about working together and kind of bonding together and understanding this isn’t about me, it’s not about (head coach) Matt (LaFleur), it’s not about Aaron. It’s about the Green Bay Packers. It’s about what’s best for the entire organization and the offense and I think it’s just about making that relationship with him.”

Hackett joined Matt LaFleur’s staff with the Packers this offseason after being fired by the Jacksonville Jaguars in late November. On one hand, the Packers needed to switch up the situation in Green Bay as the Aaron Rodgers/Mike McCarthy marriage had clearly run its course. On the other hand, Rodgers has been among the league’s best quarterbacks for a long time and there isn’t a need to completely reinvent the wheel.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be some tweaks and changes to the system LaFleur and Hackett will implement moving forward.

“A lot of the same concepts kind of cross over,” Hackett said. “I just think kind of some of the emphasis of some of the thing that we want to do are going to be different. When you take a guy like Aaron Rodgers – who is a very good football player, I mean, he’s kind of one of those guys where you can kind of pretty much do a lot of everything. I think a lot of it is going to carry over. I think some of the language will be different but it’s going to be a lot of the same premises for him.”

14 responses to “Nathaniel Hackett: New system won’t be a “start over” for Aaron Rodgers

  1. Just design some plays schemed to spring receivers open rather than relying upon them to win matchups on their own every time. That’s pretty much all that anyone wants and all that’s needed.

  2. So the offensive scheme that rodgers was complaining of being outdated and predictable he now doesn’t want changed ?

  3. All this talk is just fodder for the media. The Packers need to do these things to get better:
    1. Run the ball better and run it more.
    2. Play better defense.
    3. Play better special teams.

    If they do those things, Rodgers will be back to his usual high production.
    It’s that simple, folks. Everything else is just talk.

  4. To say “don’t expect the offense to change much under the new regime” is totally misrepresenting what Hackett said.

    It is a totally different offense than McCarthy ran, but at it’s core LaFleur’s offense comes from the West Coast offense, but “no one really knows what that is anymore” because of so many variations to it.

    Hackett was asked what kind of learning curve will Aaron have with this new offense. He said it won’t be a total start over for the current players because it does still have some of the same West Coast concepts but with different terminology and “different things as far as what we wanna do”

    Won’t be learning something that is 100% foreign to them and thus less growing pains.

    The West Coast offense goes back to Bill Walsh, but to try to imply what LaFleur runs is exactly the same as what other West Coast system have coaches have ran over many years is just simply someone not understanding offensive football.

  5. “You don’t want to necessarily treat it as a start over because he’s done so many great things”;
    “it’s not about Aaron”;
    “When you take a guy like Aaron Rodgers – who is a very good football player”.

    Someone doesn’t want to upset the shart cart

  6. Ok that’s 2 Diva articles for this week. One more to go to meet the Diva quota for weekly Diva off-season articles.
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    Wow. Just wow.

  7. I encourage Packers fans to watch Nathanial Hackett’s presser yesterday. He has a very likeable way about him and you can tell the high energy he will bring as a coach.

    LaFleur is slightly more laid back than Hackett in his coaching style. LaFleur has a quiet confidence about him. LaFleur is very enthusiastic, but is more subtle about it. It is a positive that Hackett provides something different. Good to have that balance for players.

  8. the Packers needed to switch up the situation in Green Bay as the Aaron Rodgers/Mike McCarthy marriage had clearly run its course.
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    No. Rodgers was pouting because of his decline and had McCarthy fired.

  9. freefromwhatyouare says:
    February 19, 2019 at 7:50 am
    To say “don’t expect the offense to change much under the new regime” is totally misrepresenting what Hackett said.

    It is a totally different offense than McCarthy ran, but at it’s core LaFleur’s offense comes from the West Coast offense, but “no one really knows what that is anymore” because of so many variations to it

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    For someone who thinks he is a reporter for the packers, he really doesn’t know much.
    “One would have to imagine McCarthy would still want to run some variation of the West Coast principles” this is from an article in the Acme Packing Company. This was during McCarthy looking for a OC. Every team uses some form or the west coast, but thanks for the class.

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