Cosell’s Watching the Divisionals: What Went Wrong with Packers Offense

From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Green Bay Packers, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game, New York Giants

NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Divisional Weekend coaching tape: Packers offense vs. Giants defense. 

  • Giants 1st play they had “big nickel” personnel on the field versus Packers “12” personnel with TE Finley and Crabtree, Boley and Blackburn were the LB in the “big nickel”
  • Packers 1st possession ending in a FG began with Grant 19 yds then followed with 6 consecutive passes
  • Packers 1st drive predominantly featured “12” personnel with Finley and Crabtree on the field

  • Rodgers missed wide open Jennings on 3rd + 8 to end 1stseries, He threw the ball to Jennings wrong shoulder; Rodgers movement had broken down the discipline of the Giants secondary coverage – It would have been a TD
  • Rolle was again the Giants slot corner in their regular nickel versus the Packers 3 WR personnel, Williams again was the nickel LB with Boley
  • Giants played “big nickel” to Packers “20” personnel with FB Kuhn in the game
  • Giants did a good job re-routing slot receivers, Disrupted timing of the Packers pass game; It was one reason Rodgers ran the ball so many times – You force Rodgers to run you win that down even if he gets a 1st down
  • “12” and “20” were the featured personnel packages for the Packers on their first 2 possessions
  • Rodgers not as sharp mentally as he needed to be, A few misreads (throwing to the wrong receiver) that prevented big plays and possibly touchdowns
  • Giants were consistently physical with the Packers receivers, especially on the inside
  • Kuhn 8 yd TD catch came out of straight “I” formation; Play action impacted Kiwanuka, who was responsible for Kuhn out of the backfield
  • Kiwanuka did not play that many snaps in this game, In fact his snap count had gone down dramatically in the last 3 games – Only about 20 snaps per game in the last 3 games
  • Giants a lot of single high safety coverage concepts with lurk elements to take away Rodgers between-the-numbers throws, Rodgers outstanding with seam throws and in-breaking throws
  • Packers did not have a committed or effective run game after Grant 19 yds on the 1st play of the game
  • Rodgers left some plays on the field, Had Jennings wide open down the seam in the 2nd quarter and did not pull the trigger – Could have been a TD
  • Overall Rodgers played a little fast at times, Not as comfortable as I’ve seen him
  • Blackburn has become a very important part of the Giants defense, He played almost 50 snaps versus the Packers
  • Crabtree bad drop on 3rd + 7 in Giants territory in the 2nd quarter, Ended a promising drive that likely would have led to points
  • Giants pass rush became a factor as the game progressed, Started closing down the pocket gradually, Less functional space for Rodgers
  • Giants continued to utilize Tuck in a roving 2 point stance in their nickel sub-package; Often did that out of “Nascar” personnel, with Umenyiora, Pierre-Paul and Kiwanuka on the field
  • Boley sack near the end of the 1st half came out of “Nascar” personnel; “2 man” coverage with Boley responsible for Starks in coverage, Boley rushed forcing Starks to block him, Boley blew up Starks
  • Giants corners played very well in man coverage, Many times Packers WR were not open
  • Amukamara started the 2nd half at RCB for the Giants, with Ross inside over the slot; Rolle was out of the game for a few snaps – Ross became the 3rd safety in the “big nickel”
  • Rodgers inaccurate on open seam throw to Jennings on Packers 1st possession of the 2nd half
  • Giants at times matched up Boley on Finley in their man coverage concepts
  • DT Joseph again stood out on film, A very good run defender
  • There was no rhythm or continuity to the Packers pass game, Offense became a series of random individual plays
  • Umenyiora knocking the ball out of Rodgers hands on 1st possession of 2nd half was game’s biggest play, Jennings wide open on “sluggo” versus Webster – Would have been an easy TD
  • Giants very effective when they played “2 man” coverage, They played it out of nickel and matched Boley on Finley – Packers never exploited the matchup
  • Starks 29 yds in 3rd quarter came out of “12” personnel with TE Crabtree and Taylor versus Giants 4-3 – Giants did not play many snaps of 4-3
  • Packers did not make plays versus Giants man coverage, That was a critical element in the game
  • Amukamara played significant snaps at RCB in place of Ross in the 2nd half, Ross was back at RCB in the 4th quarter
  • Newhouse played significant snaps at LT in place of Clifton in the 2nd half
  • Rodgers inaccurate throw to wide open Finley on 3rd + 5 early in the 4th quarter, An accurate throw and Finley had a lot of running room – Big missed opportunity in a 20-13 game
  • Packers backs inability to pass protect was a deciding factor in this game
  • Giants edge pressure had a significant impact on Rodgers as the game progressed
  • Giants played softer zone coverage concepts on Packers 4th quarter TD drive, They were trading yards for time with a 30-13 lead
  • Driver 16 yd TD in the 4th quarter was an unbelievable seam throw by Rodgers, He almost had no window with Boley trailing Driver down the seam
  • Overall a very good performance by the Giants defense, Excellent combination of pressure and coverage – Rodgers did leave some plays on the field
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