Matt LaFleur: We need more explosive plays on offense

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The Packers’ decision to pass on drafting a wide receiver this year drew a lot of responses and many fell on the negative side given the perceived need to upgrade that position group heading into the 2020 season.

After the draft, General Manager Brian Gutekunst said the team addressed other areas because head coach Matt LaFleur “wants to tie everything to the run game and off the run game” on offense. While that may be the case, LaFleur does have some ideas about where the passing game needs to improve.

During an appearance on ESPN Wisconsin on Thursday, LaFleur noted the need for the team to pull off more big plays than they were able to manage in his first year with the team.

“One area we really need to improve on is creating more explosive plays,” LaFleur said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “We were pretty efficient . . . but were 23rd in explosive plays. That starts with play calling [and] maybe take a few more chances to help generate those plays down the field.”

Devin Funchess was the lone free agent addition to the receiving corps and he’s not been a particularly explosive wideout in recent seasons, so the Packers will likely have to come up with some new tricks for the old faces if they’re going to change things around.

32 responses to “Matt LaFleur: We need more explosive plays on offense

  1. Quit shaming the Packers for not drafting ‘explosive game changers’ in the draft. I always had a feeling that the reason the Packers didn’t draft skill players is not because the roster is poor, but because we had a 1st year head coach implementing a brand new offense! The team will likely take a big leap in points-per-game in their 2nd year, and with the players all familiar with the new system. Drafting a QB in the 1st round is one of the biggest indicators of confidence in the roster a GM can make in their situation. Expect the Packers to finish as a top 10 offense in 2020-21.

  2. Perhaps drafting a sure fire stud Wide Receiver with your first pick this year would have helped in that regard coach? I dunno, let’s see, Hall of Fame QB check, stud RB check,one stud WR check, and the best pass rush and defense Green Bay has had – maybe going back to the Fritz Schurmur/Reggie White days.(and at least a three year window to win the Super Bowl)

    But hey coach, your G.M. is the smartest man in the room. And to cap it off, he drafts another running back two rounds too early to add insult to injury? If I were the owner he would be on the street.

  3. Gute never said he didn’t draft WR’s because “Matt LaFleur wants to tie everything to the run game.”

    Gute didn’t feel any of the WR’s available in the 2nd round on were better than what the Packers already have on the roster. He liked only a few WR’s in this draft and they were all gone by the 2nd round. End of story.

    Any offensive minded coach is going to want more explosive plays and Matt LaFleur is no different. In LaFleur’s offense some of those explosives come in play action and that happens when he have a solid running game that teams have to respect. 2nd Round draft pick AJ Dillon will make the running game stronger. Teams having to respect both Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon will lead to more explosive plays down the field.

    #GoPackGo!✊

  4. more explosive plays…hmmm, draft is loaded with explosive wrs…i know, i’ll take a back up qb

  5. Explosive plays are great but I’d prefer Aaron Rodgers to take what’s given to him and keep the chains moving (instead of holding the ball for 6 second hoping Jordy Nelson’s ghost runs the fly route).

  6. LaFleur is stating the obvious but how does he expect to accomplish it with a decling QB and no talent WR depth?

  7. Rodgers knows he missed a few downfield last year. If he gets back on his game, which was always defined by accuracy, their explosives will improve.

  8. Forcing an opponent to pass more than 8 times in a game might be a way to go as well.

  9. Great idea, but to have explosive plays you need to have explosive players and I don’t see anyone, with the exception of Aaron Jones, like that on the Packers offense. Plenty of time before the season starts so Gutekunst may still make a trade or sign somebody. It seems that double teaming Adams will shut down the offense. Nobody else on the current receiving corp has proven they can step up and be a reliable receiver consistently. That may change this year, but if not explosive plays will continue to be at a minimum.

  10. Then maybe Gutekunst should have drafted a wide receiver instead of Love. You reap what you sow.

  11. “Aaron Rodgers team and season last year were fraudulent-” Analyst slams the QB for his performance last year

    No wonder green bay used all it’s high draft picks on replacements

  12. Yes, every player the Packers drafted sucks and their whole draft is horrible because they drafted Jordan Love who is the future at the QB position for the Packers. Many are SO jealous that the Packers set themselves up for the next 14 years at QB while their team is stuck with mediocrity now and no plan for the future.

  13. The Packers aren’t ever going to have more explosive plays with Little Ted (Gutekunst) making talent decisions.

  14. Nothing defines the ability to make explosive plays better than having a newly drafted backup QB.

  15. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 28, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    “Aaron Rodgers team and season last year were fraudulent-” Analyst slams the QB for his performance last year

    No wonder green bay used all it’s high draft picks on replacements
    ______

    Cheese, you really are hard up for material if you’re just going to report the garbage that comes out of Skip Bayless’ mouth now.
    skoLOL!

  16. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 28, 2020 at 1:37 pm
    Yes, every player the Packers drafted sucks and their whole draft is horrible because they drafted Jordan Love who is the future at the QB position for the Packers. Many are SO jealous that the Packers set themselves up for the next 14 years at QB while their team is stuck with mediocrity now and no plan for the future.
    ——————-
    As long as Jerome Boger doesn’t retire the Pack should be good for eternity.

  17. I actually agree with LaFleur’s offensive approach, as is evident by looking at the offenses of the playoff teams last year. That doesn’t change the following points: (1) Rodgers has to buy in; and (2) By drafting a back up QB, RB and TE the Pack could have taken a more modern roster building approach to enhance that offensive system.

  18. Even if Jordan Love doesn’t pan out, the ego-check to Aaron Rodgers is worth the pick.

  19. Not gonna happen with Aaron in a steep decline. Best bet for GB IS to run the ball, but they won’t and will be lucky to finish 500…

  20. bhcpaul1989 says:
    May 28, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    As long as Jerome Boger doesn’t retire the Pack should be good for eternity.
    _________

    Jerome Boger officiated one (1) Packer game in November of last season.
    And none the previous year.
    Could you please explain your statement because it really doesn’t make much sense to the rest of us.

  21. Nothing makes your offense more explosive than overdrafting a plodding running back and a fullback. What LaFleur is trying to say is he’ll never have an explosive offense until he gets his new quarterback in there.

  22. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 28, 2020 at 11:43 am

    Gute didn’t feel any of the WR’s available in the 2nd round on were better than what the Packers already have on the roster. He liked only a few WR’s in this draft and they were all gone by the 2nd round. End of story.
    ___________

    Then he’s a terrible talent evaluator. This was the deepest wide receiver draft in years and he couldn’t find anybody after the second round who was better than Jake Kumerow?

  23. Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    May 28, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Nothing makes your offense more explosive than overdrafting a plodding running back

    +++++

    Dalvin Cook combine 40 time: 4.49. AJ Dillon combine 40 time: 4.53. Plodding?

  24. Brian Gutekunst no WR’s taken in the 2020 draft.

    Bill Belichick no WR’s taken in the 2020 draft.

    Yeah, we will go those “talent evaluators” over some lonely clown on the internet.👌

  25. cdgohio says:

    Perhaps drafting a sure fire stud Wide Receiver with your first pick this year would have helped in that regard coach?

    ——–

    You mean like John Ross, Corey Coleman, Josh Doctson, LaQuan Treadwell, Kevin White……………..

  26. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 28, 2020 at 3:25 pm
    Yeah, we will go those “talent evaluators” over some lonely clown on the internet.
    ————-
    Cool so in other words your done with your awesome “insider analysis” like Love being a great QB for the next 14 years lol.

  27. As long as Aaron is paranoid about throwing an interception or two, explosive play numbers probably won’t improve.

    I’m not saying he needs to throw mass quantity of INT’s, just take a chance once in awhile.

    It’s like putting in golf. 100% of the putts that are short don’t go in the cup.

  28. Explosive plays take time to develop and their offensive line got pushed around a lot by good defensive lines.

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