Matt LaFleur plans more passes to running backs

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Last year the Packers didn’t pass a lot to their running backs. This year that may change.

New head coach Matt LaFleur said he thinks the Packers’ offense could get the running backs more involved, and Aaron Rodgers could benefit from that receiving threat.

“I love it when we can give [running backs] the ball in the passing game,” LaFleur said, via Rotoworld. “That’s one more eligible that the defense really has to focus on.”

Both of the Packers’ top two running backs, Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, have shown some promise as receivers. But last year the Packers were 24th in the NFL in catches by running backs. This year Jones and Williams may get more balls thrown their way, as LaFleur tries to revamp a Packers passing game that grew stale last year.

14 responses to “Matt LaFleur plans more passes to running backs

  1. I think its so cute how LaFleur still thinks he is going to be calling the Packer’s offense.
    He better get use to only a few plays to the RBs and a lot of hero plays way down field.

  2. I think it’s cute how Zimmer still thinks he is going to be calling the Vikings defense.

    He better get used to only a few plays he calls and a lot of hero plays followed by fake injuries when they fail.

  3. The LaFleur/Rodgers tandem of new blood and old veteran promises to be something special. The Vikings will be certain to copy the winning formula when Zimmer gets torched on the hot seat.

  4. LaFleur will be playing to the strength of GBs skill position players. That’s why it makes perfect sense that he will emphasize getting the RBs more involved in the passing game. Having said that, I am under no illusion that the Pack’s offense will be humming like a fine-oiled machine out of the gate. In fact, any chance they have of getting to the playoffs in LaFleur’s first year at the helm, will rely more heavily on the defensive side of the football. This upcoming season for Packer fans should be an exciting one.

  5. This offense will stress defenses at all levels with both run and pass.

    As far as pass catching out of the backfield, you indeed do have two very capable receivers at the RB position in Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. LaFleur also values the FB and Danny Vitale who is a dual-threat FB that is a very good receiver having caught 135 passes for 1427 yards and 11 TD’s while at Northwestern.

    The Packers backfield is just another weapon that defenses will have to focus on and will keep defenses guessing.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  6. stellarperformance says:
    June 27, 2019 at 8:41 pm
    The LaFleur/Rodgers tandem of new blood and old veteran promises to be something special. The Vikings will be certain to copy the winning formula when Zimmer gets torched on the hot seat.
    ———————————

    Hopes, wishes and prayers are a wonderful thing.

  7. filthymcnasty3 says:
    June 27, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Best young coach in football. Great hire.
    ________

    I can just see how the interview went:

    “Guys, I was just watching some old NFL Films video from the ’70’s and Jerry Burns kept throwing passes to Chuck Foreman. I think maybe we should try throwing passes to the running backs, too. Other teams will never see it coming.”

    “You’re hired!”

  8. As far as I’m concerned this is just another indictment of Mike McCarthy’s unwillingness to deviate from his system, despite time passing him by or the talents of his players.

    I’ve said it before and will again, when casual fans know what play is coming your offense is beyond stale.

    Any changes will be refreshing. As for Rodgers being OK with it? It’s still a pass. A pass with a low likelihood of an interception. He’ll be fine with it.

  9. flviking says:
    June 28, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Brilliant just brilliant, these young coaches what a concept, throwing to their RBs. Why hasn’t anyone else thought of this.

    +++++

    Your head coach spent the first 13 games last season wondering why there weren’t more running plays. That’s 82 percent of the season.

  10. As long as I dont see empty backfield on 3rd and 1 every single damn time. After McCarthy got fired I assumed that would be done. Philbin did the exact same thing. Ugggh

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