Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers aim to boost their high-powered offense to a new level by running 75 plays per game, hoping that a quicker game can make the difference.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed nearly half of last season with a collarbone injury, but he returned in Week 17 to lead the Packers to a miraculous NFC North championship.
He will look to maintain elite form over a full season, and he and head coach Mike McCarthy have a new goal in mind.
They have both stated their desire to run 75 offensive plays per game. They ran 67.125 plays per game in 2013, and they ran just under 69 when Rodgers played, but McCarthy says the target is to step up that total.
“That seems to be the answer to some of the different things that defenses are doing,” said the 50 year-old to ESPN, who has been in charge of the Packers since 2006.
Running back Eddie Lacy burst onto the scene in 2013 and was rewarded with Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
McCarthy has expressed that he wants Lacy to become a three-down back so that the Packers can develop even more of a rhythm on offense.
They will also look to take advantage of their weapons at wide receiver with Randall Cobb returning healthy and Jordy Nelson lining up opposite him.
Running 75 plays per game will be a tall task for the Packers though. The Denver Broncos ran 72 plays per game as their offense broke NFL records, and the New England Patriots ran 71.