Earlier this offseason, the Green Bay Packers underwent the biggest change to the offensive coaching staff in the Mike McCarthy era. McCarthy gave play-calling duties to new associate head coach Tom Clements, marking the first time in his career as head coach that McCarthy will not call offensive plays.
McCarthy was the subject of much criticism following Green Bay’s fourth quarter collapse against the Seahawks in the NFC Championship game. Part of that criticism revolved around his tendency to loosen up aggressiveness when the Packers took the lead instead of putting teams away.
Though it was likely not in direct response to that criticism, McCarthy elected to forfeit play-calling duties anyway. Clements was promoted from offensive coordinator to associate head coach. When 2015 begins, it will be the first time that Aaron Rodgers receives his play calls from someone other than McCarthy.
The Packers offense is not likely to suffer any setbacks from a new play caller. The plays themselves will remain largely the same. More importantly, the offense itself, which features the same eleven starters from last season’s league-leading unit, will have a much bigger impact on the production than the play calling.
Although Rodgers recently acknowledged that he does not call his own plays, he will still have roughly the same amount of freedom when it comes to changing plays at the line of scrimmage. So if McCarthy’s coaching changes will not drastically impact the offense, how will the Green Bay Packers benefit from McCarthy giving up play-calling duties? Read more... (587 words, estimated 2:21 mins reading time)
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