Three years into the Matt Nagy experience and the offense is in shambles. Injuries, inconsistency, and poor play along the offensive line has made scoring points virtually impossible. A change of play-callers didn’t work. And meanwhile, teams around the league with better lines, steadier quarterback play, and savvy play-calling are putting up points in bunches.
So what is retired defensive lineman Anthony Adams suggesting to Bears Wire’s Brendan Sugrue? A plan that’s crazy enough to work: “Just throw away half of the playbook,” Adams said. “You look at an offensive players playbook, and that thing weighs 50 pounds. Get it down to 25 pounds.”
Seriously, that’s it. That’s the brilliant advice handed down by Spice Adams himself. And frankly, I’m here for it.
Among Adams’ other radical ideas:
• “Run some powers, get back to the nitty gritty, put a fullback in there and go ‘I’ formation.”
• “Get back to the smash mouth, snot in your nose football.”
• “We’re going to run power, we’re going to run trap, counter.”
What a remarkable set of concepts. Maybe Nagy should consider handing play-calling duties over to Adams? Now, that’s something the Packers wouldn’t see coming!
Laugh all you want, but Adams has a point. Simplifying the offense wouldn’t be the worst idea. Scale it back. Focus on things that worked. Then build from those plays. Rather than be a play-collector who throws plays out seemingly on a whim, be a play-caller who uses the plays as if they were working hand-in-hand with each other. Hey, we’ve entertained crazier ideas!