By now, there are zero secrets around the inefficiency and ineptitude of the Green Bay Packers offense. It’s bad.
Like, really bad.
But what makes things so frustrating is the offense continues to shoot itself in the foot. Mistake after mistake is made in each and every game and it always puts Jordan Love and co. in a hole they can’t get out of. Sans the fourth quarter of their Week 3 matchup against the New Orleans Saints, of course.
It’s a mixture of everything. Penalties, miscommunications, drops, running the wrong route, missed blocks. Hell, even left tackle Rasheed Walker was pulled from the game today and benched in favor of Yosh Nijman.
“We just felt that we needed a change,” Packers head coach Matt LaFleur told reporters when asked about the decision to pull Walker.
The self-inflicted mistakes have a deeper effect than the aggravation and frustration, however. When the Packers put themselves in these positions, they have to completely forgo their entire week of preparation and adjust on the fly, pretty much. It’s a huge reason why the offense looks so damn discombobulated throughout the majority of games.
“We have to throw it better [and] we have to catch it better. We have to block better. We have to stop having penalties that knock us back and put us in these obvious pass situations,” said LaFleur. “[We have] to find a way to convert a third down early in the game, so you can run your offense.”
“We were running two-minute offense for half the game. What you work on all week and what you plan for – you can’t even get into your normal rhythm, because you’re not moving the chains. That’s what’s disappointing: You put all this time and effort into something and you come up with a plan and you don’t even give yourself a chance to go execute it. We’re playing two-minute ball the whole second half.”
“I’m frustrated,” Love said after the game. “Everybody in that locker room is frustrated. Plain and simple – we’re not winning. We’re losing games. And it’s all games that we should be winning, I think.”
One could easily argue the opposite of Love’s final sentence. The Packers don’t deserve to win these games. They have to get out of their own way before they should start thinking like that.
Either way, it doesn’t look like anything is changing anytime soon. Which means we are in for a very long second half of the season.