2. Offense makes slow start to 2019 but finishes strong
But success might not come right away for this offense. They may take a little while to adjust to the new scheme completely, and that will come by learning from mistakes made early in the season.
According to a report by Vaughn McClure of ESPN back in 2015, Falcons QB Matt Ryan was “overwhelmed by the playbook” in his first season with Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator and LaFleur the quarterbacks coach. All concerns soon disappeared as Ryan and the Falcons offense dominated the NFL the following season. Ryan became league MVP, and the Falcons were within a fourth-quarter collapse away from winning the Super Bowl.
Green Bay’s offense has struggled at times at training camp, including during Monday’s joint practice with the Houston Texans, according to Zach Kruse of Packers Wire. LaFleur said back in June that the defense was “ahead of the game” compared to the offense.
But the more reps the offense gets in this system, the more comfortable they will become.
The defense may need to play at a high level early in the year to close out games. But as the season goes on, the offense should improve. And if they all get on the same page, this team will be tough to stop down the stretch.