5. Make changes on offense
Few quarterbacks have the ability to extend plays and throw on the run like Aaron Rodgers, but the Packers’ have become too reliant on this part of their two-time MVP’s game in recent years.
Joe Philbin was offensive coordinator during the Packers’ last Super Bowl run. His final season was in 2011. That year the offense dominated, leading Green Bay to a 15-1 record and the NFC’s top seed.
His return has prompted Mike McCarthy to reshuffle things on offense, and it comes at the right time.
“We’ve taken a back to the basics approach on offense,” McCarthy said in January, via Packers Wire. “We’re going back and building the playbook like you would if it was your first year as a staff. Joe’s such a great teacher. It’s been a lot of fun so far.”
That’s absolutely the right call, but only time will tell just how different the Packers will look offensively in 2018.
The Packers couldn’t overcome the loss of Jordy Nelson in 2015, and the unit struggled for the first 10 games of the 2016 season. Green Bay slumped to a 4-6 record in that span.
In need of fresh ideas and a reboot, rebuilding the playbook could help the offense reestablish itself as one of the league’s premier units.