After years of being handicapped in Mike McCarthy’s ultra-conservative offense, new Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur still doesn’t look ready to totally cut Aaron Rodgers loose at the line of scrimmage.
LaFleur’s system doesn’t allow the quarterbacks to have a great deal of freedom and control at the line of scrimmage, in much the same way McCarthy’s offense was constantly handicapping Rodgers.
"I don't think you want me to turn off 11 years. There's stuff that not many people in the league can do at the line. That's not a humble brag. That's just a fact." Rodgers to @MikeSilver on LaFleuer's system not having a ton of freedom at the LOS for the QB.
— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) June 14, 2019
Here we go again. Rodgers just can’t seem to find anyone who gives him the right amount of creative control over the O.
This union still seems more likely to work than the ill-fated McCarthy-Rodgers marriage. First, LaFleur’s scheme is more pass-happy, vertical, and innovative than McCarthy’s basic offense. Second, LaFleur’s personality is more amicable than the iron-headed McCarthy, which could mean that there is still hope that he and Rodgers could find the perfect balance between coaching authority and Rodgers’ ad-libbing.
Earlier this week I talked to @AaronRodgers12 and new @packers HC Matt LaFleur about adjusting to one another and solving the Audible Dilemma. I discussed earlier on @nflnetwork and will further elaborate in my story, which posts early next week… pic.twitter.com/6isFTcQqV2
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) June 13, 2019
Not allowing one of the best players in the history of the NFL to audible at the line like a rookie quarterback, who came from an Air Raid scheme, is either painfully unwise or totally arrogant.
Hopefully LaFleur can realize that and try to strike up a more ideal partnership with No. 12.