Through the first four weeks of the season, the Packers have been able to find ways to win games going 3-1. However, there have been many bumps along the road with execution from players and the coaching staff.
Defense Needs to Stop the Run
For starters, defensive coordinator Joe Barry needs to create more plays that stop teams from running the football.
The Packers defense currently ranks fifth in pass defense, but last in the NFL (32nd) in run defense.
In two of the last three games, the Packers defense allowed 180 rushing yards to the Chicago Bears and 167 yards to the New England Patriots.
Next week does not get any easier as the Packers face Giants running back Saquon Barkley who is a top five running back in the league.
While the defense as a whole has been good so far this year, how quickly will they make adjustments?
Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry
Head Coach Matt Lafluer Needs to Get on the Same Page with Aaron Rodgers
To put it simply, the Packers offense has not been good so far this year.
Head coach and offensive play-caller Matt Lafluer tries to outsmart himself sometimes and in some cases, quarterback Aaron Rodgers does not stick to the game plan. Instead of taking what the defense gives him, Rodgers looks for the deep ball which is not there very often.
Rodgers has had his fair share of frustration with trying to work with the young receivers, particularly the rookie receivers Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson but hopefully adjustments will be made as the season progresses.
The biggest issue on offense however? The lack of trust in using the running game. The Packers have an amazing two headed monster at running back with Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. Message to Coach Lafluer and Aaron Rodgers: USE YOUR RUNING BACKS!!!
Run Game Can Take Over The Season
If the Packers run the ball on offense, it will take the pressure off the passing game and having to rely on the young receivers. Additionally, it will wear down opposing defenses. It does not help that the Packers offensive line has had to shuffle pieces.
Elgton Jenkins is currently at right tackle. He has gotten beaten on so many blocks, he clearly doesn’t fit in that position. Move him to right guard. Or, use backup left tackle Yosh Nijman at right tackle if push comes to shove. He rarely gets utilized.
How quickly can Coach LaFleur and Rodgers work together to fix the offense?