Is Green Bay Packers’ Overuse Of Shotgun Formation Causing Inaccuracy?

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Percentage of Pass Attempts from the Shotgun Total Pass Attempts Percentage of Pass Attempts in Shotgun Interceptions 2 ESPN play-by-play Green Bay uses the shotgun because it gives the quarterback more time to throw the ball. That’s an essential part of Aaron Rodgers ‘ game: He is constantly trying to keep plays alive. In the shotgun, Rodgers is also able to scan the defensive backfield and use the extra few seconds he gains from being five or seven feet behind center to make more informed decisions about which pockets he can fit the ball into. Some of these passes are brilliant, such as the 62-yard touchdown to Jermichael Finley below. Others, however, get him into trouble. Rodgers has the fifth-best quarterback rating (115.7) when time inside the pocket is less than two-and-a-half seconds, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). He has only thrown the ball away seven times in 122 attempts in 2013, or six percent of the time. However, Rodgers’ QB rating plummets to 84.6 when he spends more than two-and-a-half seconds inside the pocket. These statistics, of course, do not account for passes he throws when he rolls out of the pocket. But clearly, the longer Rodgers remains in the pocket when Green Bay runs the shotgun formation, the more his accuracy dramatically decreases. Where Rodgers runs into problems is, in spite of having time in the shotgun to get a full view of his open (or covered) receivers, he hates to let a play die.

The Packers-Josh Freeman connection

Packers coach Mike McCarthy wouldnt comment on whether Green Bay might be interested in Freeman but if he was looking for an endorsement from Van Pelt, he got one. I loved Josh, Van Pelt said Thursday. Josh and I had a good working relationship. He was nothing but a pro when I was there with him. He was never late for meetings. We actually had 6:30 (a.m.) quarterback meetings; we were an hour before anybody else, and I never had an issue or anything like that. He did everything that I asked him to do. He was a great teammate, watched him work around the other guys and had a lot of respect for him. I dont know what happened, but I know the guy that I was there with I really enjoyed being with. When asked whether Freeman could still be an NFL starter, Van Pelt said: No doubt. Freeman made his first NFL start against the Packers on Nov.

Lions-Packers Preview

He was at practice early in the week after being sidelined by a concussion sustained Sept. 15 in a 38-20 victory over Washington. Without Lacy, however, the Packers have had a 100-yard rusher in back-to-back games after going the previous 44 without one. “I’m fully aware of how we’re viewed, but the reality is how our offense is implemented in practice and how we train, it starts with the run game,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Now, the way the games are played has a lot to do with the trend and the flow of the football game. Running the football is important.” James Starks ran for 132 yards against the Redskins and Johnathan Franklin had 103 on Sept. 22, though Green Bay lost 34-30 at Cincinnati the week before its bye. Rodgers’ 105.1 passer rating is among the league leaders, but the Bengals were able to get to him and create mistakes. They sacked him four times and forced him into two of his three interceptions this year, while holding him to 244 yards passing. Rodgers had surpassed 250 passing yards in seven straight games since the Lions held him to 173 in a 27-20 victory Dec.

Lions center wants to moon Packers fans at Lambeau Field

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The fact that Packers fans moon departing teams makes them even better in my eyes. One person who doesnt appreciate the subtle humor of a well-timed pants-pulldown is Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola. Hes played in the Motor City for 13 years and has never left Lambeau with a victory. Perhaps its because hes been the mooneeand not the mooner? He joked to the Detroit Free Press this week about wanting to change that. Going there I go before the buses go there maybe I should go moon somebody this week on the way there in the car that we take early. /checks NFL coverage map , learns Joe Buck is in Chicago calling the Bears-Saints game. Do it up, Dominic. There will be no one there to chastise you on national television. (AP) Raiola also talked about how seeing someones bare rear-end is the last thing you want to see after a tough loss. Well, usually youre (ticked) off when you leave there because you dont win.

Packers vs. Lions: Basics; take five; tale of the tape

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, defended by Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, catches a two-yard TD from Matthew Stafford last Sunday.

Bush spent the last two years in Miami, and proved he could handle a heavier workload. He’s also a dynamic receiver out of the backfield. He could give the Packers fits. 2.PACKER KILLER: In 11 career games against Green Bay, Lions all-world wideout Calvin Johnson has 65 receptions for 1,062 yards and 12 touchdowns. That’s an average of 5.9 receptions, 96.6 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. In Johnson’s last four games vs. the Packers, he’s averaged 7.5 catches and 138.5 yards per game. Big, strong, fast and powerful, the Packers like the rest of the NFL have had no answers for Johnson. Tramon Williams, Sam Shields & Co. will have their hands full again. 3.GOOD MATT, BAD MATT: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has one of the NFL’s strongest arms and has averaged over 5,000 passing yards the last two seasons.

Double Coverage: Lions at Packers

Rothstein: Though the players and coaches may not make a massive deal about it publicly — for instance, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford said earlier this week he likes playing at Lambeau Field — there is little doubt how big this win would be for the Lions. A win Sunday gives them an edge to a potential NFC North title, especially since they’ll still have Green Bay coming back to Detroit and would have wins over every team in the division. Bigger than that, itd be a big confidence boost. If Detroit can finally win in Green Bay, the team will believe it can win at any stadium the rest of the way. I know we discussed the streak a bit earlier, but is it something the Packers care about at all? Or have they been so good at home under Mike McCarthy it really doesn’t matter? Demovsky: Rodgers talked a little bit about it this week on his Aaron Rodgers Jersey radio show. All he said is he doesnt want the streak to end on his watch. I think what has his attention — the entire teams attention, really — more than anything else this week is the fact that this is the Packers first division game of the season, and the beginning of a stretch of three division games in five weeks. And right now, the Lions and the Bears have jumped out to fast starts and are ahead of them in the NFC North standing. You saw an NFC North matchup last week when the Lions beat the Bears, and Im sure you’ve studied the Packers some this week.

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