Assuming Rodgers doesn’t pass the battery of tests that the NFL requires (his official status is "doubtful" – once again, thanks a lot Malcolm Gladwell), this will be Flynn’s team Sunday. And, as with any quarterback getting his first start, the Packers’ would be well served to keep it simple. Dial back the playbook to try to avoid some of the miscues that were apparent in the Lions game. McCarthy runs one of the more complex offenses in the NFL, but he will need to avoid that temptation (as he was unable to do on 4th and 1 last week) and simplify things this week.
|What reading the defense could feel like for Matt Flynn.|
Maybe it’s just me getting old (41 years today), but I find more and more that simplicity trumps complexity. Of course, for simplicity to work it has to be effective. You can’t just have one I-formation, off-tackle run up the middle and call it a playbook. But if the Packers could get in touch with their inner Lombardi and mix in a few power sweeps and other bread-and-butter plays and know they were going to crank off 3-5 yards per play, then we might have hope on Sunday. But simple doesn’t seem to be in our bag of tricks this year. This is the point in the season where the futile cries of several million Northeastern Wisconsinites begging Ted Thompson to get a running back earlier this season seem so prophetic. This is the moment, when you need a win and your star quarterback is (likely) out, that a reliable running game to fall back on would come in handy. But it was not to be. And so, all we can do as Packers’ fans is expect the worst and hope for the best.