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Rodgers Cites Lack of Deep Threat as Issue, Is So Right

Aaron Rodgers wants a penalty

We all know the Green Bay Packers’ offense has been bad this season. We all know quarterback Aaron Rodgers is authoring the worst season of his career.

There have been a lot of attempts to pinpoint the culprit for those issues.

  • Poor play calling
  • Lack of playmakers
  • Awful receivers
  • No running game
  • No commitment to the running game
  • No Jordy Nelson
  • Davante Adams

You know, take your pick.

Rodgers actually has a theory that’s better than all of those.

“I think we have to rely a little bit more on the run this year,” Rodgers said, “because we just don’t have that deep threat that we’ve had that’s been able to open up some of those two-man routes deep down the field.

“We just don’t have that element to our offense. We just have to be a little more patient and realize it’s going to be more of a grind-out game sometimes.”

And actually, it’s not just a theory. It’s a fact.

While compiling the numbers to illustrate just how off Rodgers has been this year, we noticed he was hitting hardly any deep balls. Rodgers has just six completions of 40-plus yards this season (and one of those was a Hail Mary).

That will be the lowest of his career as a starter. Even in 2013, when he only played nine games, Rodgers had seven completions of 40-plus. He hasn’t had less than nine in any full season until this year.

Now you may say there’s not a big difference between six and nine completions, but it means the opposition doesn’t have to worry about the deep ball.

It’s not as if they’re throwing a ton of double coverage at the Packers’ inept receivers. With no deep threat, that allows defenses to blitz heavily, as you saw in Arizona, or stack the box to stop the run, as we’ve seen on multiple occasions.

Jordy Nelson is obviously the guy who provided that deep threat in years past, but so did Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley and even Donald Driver, at times. The Packers relied on one guy to do that this season and when he got injured, they were screwed.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. PackFanAtic! December 31, 2015

    They do have a deep threat and his name is Jeff Janis! This S$%* about he doesn’t run routes well or can’t learn the playbook or the numerous other loads of S*&% that is floating around is just that S$#@

    I think the guy can burn in a str8 line down the field…turn him loose!

    Anyone who has been a fan of the Packers for any length of time knows there’s something more going on !!!!!

    1. PF4L December 31, 2015

      Exactly, i’ve said before, at least it occupies a corner and a safety if nothing else.

    2. MMTTDCSUCK January 2, 2016

      Fuckin’ A!

  2. Packer Bob December 31, 2015

    No shit? I hear water is wet too.

  3. V December 31, 2015

    Ha-ha hahaha….Packers fans have said as much all frogging season long.

    Donnie Avery was sitting at home ready to run deep for ya Teddy. And some guy named Janis too!

  4. PF4L December 31, 2015

    Pertaining to the last line of your article …”The Packers relied on one guy to do that this season and when he got injured, they were screwed.”

    That’s maybe a small segment of the problem. Jordy wasn’t just a deep threat, he was also a possession receiver, he also was the best at catching those back shoulder passes to move the chains on 3rd and long or catching td’s. The defense also had to key at least 2 players on him. All this combined, along with the fact that after a handful of games, NFL defenses now knew how they could implement their defense to thwart Rodgers because he was now more vulnerable. Couple this with the 0 line tackles creating free, or almost free passage way to giving him little or virtually no time for the offense to get any sort of rhythm. so he has to deal with all that and i haven’t even begun to talk about the receivers that can’t get open in the under 3 seconds that Rodgers has to release the ball or that the receivers are 2nd in the league in drops.

    So let me say this, for everyone all over Rodgers nuts saying…”trade him!!” or “he sucks”. Or even Shawn, who writes a diatribe blasting Rodgers that he doesn’t know how to read NFL defenses. Are you fucking kidding me dude??? This isn’t Colin Kaepernick you’re writing about. Rodgers hasn’t accomplished what he has by not being able to read a defense. <—This is your brain on drugs.

    The real problem is not just…..the 0 line. He overcame a shit 0 line (50 sacks) and a shitty defense to go 15-1 and win him an MVP in 2011 with the highest QB rating in NFL history.

    The real problem is not just…..the receivers, his receivers have been injured before, and the offense still clicked.

    The REAL problem, is…that even Aaron Rodgers, can't overcome BOTH problems, at the same time. So everyone can
    keep whining how Rodgers sucks, or Shawn can travel up to Green Bay and try to teach Rodgers how to read a NFL defense. but until at least one of those 2 above issues is resolved, i don't see anyone waving a magic wand and the offense is back to normal.

    With that said, yanking out some optimism. Matchups are everything in the NFL and maybe, just maybe, we match up well against Minn. like we did back in week 11 when Jones and Lacy had a monster game and the D held Peterson to 45 yards and sacked Bridgewater 6 times.

    1. ay hombre December 31, 2015

      I’m sorry did you say something? I couldn’t hear anything over the sound of your tongue slapping Rodgers’ balls.

      1. Fart_Tosser January 1, 2016

        I thought he was tongue punching his fart box

      2. PF4L January 2, 2016

        It’s good to see hombre taking time from his landscaping duties, and fart tossers obsession with farts to be able to take time and share their football intellect on this site.

  5. Osseo, WI December 31, 2015

    There is an easy formula to beat our offense: Rush 4 linemen, man coverage on all receivers. Then play underneath zone with extra linebackers or safeties. Jim Schwartz did it last year with the Bills defense and we couldn’t move the ball and lost the game.

    1. PF4L December 31, 2015

      I’ve seen them get pressure rushing 3, against 5 of our lineman and a running back into help block.

  6. PF4L December 31, 2015

    I thinks it funny, like funny stupid, how Shawn critiques Rodgers, from game film on his Game View article, with a Capers view from up above, that he can rewind repeatedly to bash Rodgers….Tell ya what Shawn, get padded up, go back to pass with pressure in REAL time from ground level, and 9 300 lb guys fighting and swarming in on you, and lets see if you see everything, every play. If you can’t do that, then please drive to Green Bay and show Rodgers how to play QB. It’s fairly obvious by your pompous comments towards his play, that you know his job better then he does. Until then, enjoy sitting in your chair eating cheetos critiquing arguably one of the top 10 QB’s in NFL history.

    Everyone is entitled to voice their opinions, so i will also, no big thing… But Jesus Christ dude, are you serious with this shit?

    1. ay hombre December 31, 2015

      Slurp. Slurp. Sluuuuuurp.

    2. Arcturus January 1, 2016

      Never thought someone could make E. Wolf’s posts look good by comparison.

      1. PF4L January 2, 2016

        I’m sure hombre’s trying his best. Give him a break.

  7. The Hawk December 31, 2015

    Release the Janis!

  8. Tequila December 31, 2015

    You hear that? Weird

  9. The Big Sleep December 31, 2015

    You know how to beat that? You put your best run blockers on the field; include Tretter over Linsley and Barclay over Baktiari, Kuhn, Quarless, maybe 82, and hand the ball to Lacy. You will get first downs. When Lacy gets tired go to Crockett. Make the defense crowd the line so that even your slowest receiver can get behind it. Then go play action. It won’t be pretty, but by the end of the 3rd quarter the other teams defense will be hoisting the white flag. Modern Day defenses are all about the nickel and dime, built to stop the pass. Tiny middle linebackers that can cover, shut down corners. Go hit those guys and you will hav a good day.

    1. MMTTDCSUCK January 2, 2016

      But that is too easy for the Buffoon . . .

  10. gort December 31, 2015

    Monty’s “take your pick” list has 7 items. 5 of those 7 are essentially the lack of a deep threat described by QB1. If those 5 get fixed, even a little, the running game issues (the other 2 on Monty’s list) will fix themselves.

  11. Dean January 1, 2016

    Relax or Exlax looks the same watching.
    Hoping for a better season next year.
    Maybe we will get a decent draft pick or something helpful. Still pulling for Packers no matter what.

  12. Organicbuzz January 1, 2016

    If we don’t have a deep threat, run a “hail Mary” once in a we hile without it be the last resort. Pipe dream. Go Pack Go!!!

  13. Tundraboy January 1, 2016

    Absolutely right. Lost Jordy and have no TE pass threat from day one. Gambled that Adams and Lacy would be better to offset this.

  14. chaka January 2, 2016

    Re-sign TE Colt Lyerla, he has 4.2 speed for a TE. Deep threat problem solved.