Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy insisted that, “It’s players, not plays,” this offseason. I beg to differ: it’s players and plays – the two aren’t mutually exclusive.
In fact, let’s go one step further: it’s plays that fit your players.
For many years, the Packers had few speedy or shifty receivers. But now we have five such players – all of whom have had some success at returning kickoffs or punts.
As part of their offensive sets, the Packers need to get these guys – Jordy Nelson, Jeff Janis, Ty Montgomery, Randall Cobb, and Trevor Davis – in open field situations, and let them ramble.
How? End-arounds, reverses, and double reverses.
When opponents spring these plays on the Packers, the result is more often than not 10+ yards, am I right?
This misdirection stuff works, but you need speedy receivers, and if possible ones with some good moves as a runner.
These plays are bound to work especially well when the defense is spotted over-pursuing the standard plays.
The clincher: there’s no wide receiver better-equipped to get big yardage out of these plays than Jeff Janis.
We also need to get back to the “YAK” mentality with these speedy receivers competing to see who can get the most yards after the catch.