Packers: Film reveals team must improve screen, read-option

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 26: Quarterback Brett Hundley
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GREEN BAY, WI – OCTOBER 22: Brett Hundley
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Brett Hundley is a limited quarterback. That much seems apparent after he threw for just 87 yards on 25 attempts against the Saints after a full week of practice as the starter.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy called several (unsuccessful) deep shots for Hundley during the game, but the intermediate passing game was virtually nonexistent. Hundley was unable to connect nearly enough with Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams in the 10-to-20-yard range.

This doesn’t mean that Hundley is bad or that the Packers season is over.

After a bye week, the Packers’ offense will hopefully look much different than it did in Week 7.

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But even if the traditional passing game continues to sputter, there are two play types that the Packers must improve upon to give their offense a jolt: screen plays and read-options.

The screen play was, for many years, a staple of the Green Bay West Coast offense. Those who remember Mike Holmgren utilizing his backs and mobile linemen on outside and inside screens remembers big plays that ate up huge chunks of yardage and helped his offenses move the chains.

The read-option – that play which came to the forefront over the course of the past decade – brought fame to Colin Kaepernick, RGIII, and in recent years, Russell Wilson.

These are plays that help focus on some of the strengths of Brett Hundley and, if implemented, could help the Packers’ offense as the team tries to find ways to move on from the Aaron Rodgers-centered offense … at least for now.

Turn the pages and let’s take a look at each …