Clues to possible changes on offense emerge for Packers
Mike Conklin, Packers contributor
Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
CREATED Aug. 21, 2013
It may have largely gone unnoticed at the time, but not long ago a Packers player may have dropped a hint that could point to some possible changes in the look and feel of this season's version of the Packers offense.
During the first preseason game against the Cardinals, James Jones was interviewed after he finished playing for the evening.
It was one of those lighthearted sideline interviews, a rite of summer that happens every year during a team's broadcast of their own exhibition games.
In this particular interview, TODAY'S TMJ4's sideline reporter Rod Burks asked James Jones what he was expecting out of the offense this season compared to last year. Jones' answer may have been revealing.
"Adjust the tempo," Jones answered. "We want to be a lot faster in and out of the huddle when we go no-huddle, and when we go regular standard offense. We want to speed it up a little bit. We're a fast-paced offense, and hopefully when we get down into the red zone we'll score some more points."
Is it possible that Jones was giving a glimpse behind the curtain of what Mike McCarthy and the Packers are planning this season?
Every year, coaches do an in-depth self-evaluation of their own team. Every year, coaches make strategic adjustments.
Last year, one major adjustment was the evolution of Randall Cobb's role in the offense. The coaches would not talk about it during the offseason, and if reporters saw anything in closed-door practices they were instructed to keep their silence on the topic.
Even so, the signs were there for those who observed closely.
Sure enough, when the season rolled around, Cobb was featured heavily. In the first week alone he had nine receptions, after garnering only 25 receptions during his entire previous season.
Cobb went on to become only the seventh receiver in team history to finish a season with 80 receptions.
Because coaches are so careful to protect their competitive advantage, it is often the players who make statements that allow room for interpretation.
This may be the case with Jones' comments a week ago.
If the Packers are indeed planning to increase their tempo substantially, and at the same time carry through with the promise of an improved running game that has been evident thus far, the offense may offer a slightly different look than what has been seen in Green Bay in recent years.