Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has now mentioned this a couple times since the season ended. He wants a big, fast receiver to work the middle of the field.
Logically, that guy would be a fast, athletic tight end, but Ted Thompson refuses to acquire that guy. So if McCarthy is left to work with what he has, which seems pretty likely, he may get creative with Jordy Nelson.
McCarthy has floated the idea of lining Nelson up in the slot more often in 2016.
That would certainly give the Packers the big, fast receiver McCarthy desires to work the middle of the field. He described the potential move as one that would give the defense “a whole different set of problems.”
“Let’s be honest, the middle of the field is open now,” McCarthy said. “League rules. Big people running down the middle of the field, I’ll make no secret about it. I think that’s a key to offensive success, whether that’s a big receiver or big tight end or a big man running down the middle of the field, making those safeties cover you. It’s an important part of playing in today’s NFL.”
This is all true and it’s a swell idea.
However, we know Randall Cobb isn’t great at working outside and we know that clown Davante Adams is downright terrible at it. So if the Packers are going to keep their same roster — and there’s no indications to the contrary — then they lack capable playmakers outside when Nelson is inside.
The logical solution here is no secret. We’ve presented it time and again since last season ended.
You get a tight end with the skill set of Jermichael Finley. Alternatively, the Packers could actually put Jeff Janis on the field.
It’s McCarthy that has been reluctant to do that.
This is life with the Green Bay Packers, though.
You have obvious solutions right in front of you, but are too pigheaded to use them.