Packers' offense making the most out of motion in second year under Matt LaFleur
GREEN BAY - After the Green Bay Packers threw a dizzying array of offensive motion Sunday at the Minnesota Vikings, one might think the guy who had the most influence on coach Matt LaFleur was Isaac Newton.
Now in the second year of implementing his perimeter-attacking offense, LaFleur is opening up his playbook and pulling things out that Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Rams used to reach the Super Bowl two years ago and Kyle Shanahan’s San Francisco 49ers used to get there last year.
They all believe in the science of motion.
The Packers probably looked like a blur to the young Vikings cornerbacks and defensive linemen because they used so much motion during their 43-34 opening-weekend victory at U.S. Bank Stadium. And Green Bay’s Week 2 opponent, the Detroit Lions, can expect the same Sunday.
“I can tell you, the motions aren’t going anywhere,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Those are going to stay.”
Probably the most identifiable motions were the jet sweeps run mostly by receiver/running back Tyler Ervin, who chipped in 38 yards total on the three times Rodgers handed him the ball off that motion. In all, Ervin was sent in motion either in front or behind Rodgers eight times against the Vikings.
But that doesn’t account for even a quarter of the 42 instances a player went in motion, sometimes moving twice before the ball was snapped. The Packers used motion on 32 of their 74 plays from scrimmage that were not kneel-downs and practically ...
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