Matt LaFleur fell on the sword for the Packers' Week 1 performance, but Aaron Rodgers preached patience after the Vikings' 23-7 win at Minnesota.
LA Fleur gave a blunt assessment of his own performance as a play-caller in a game where the Packers averaged 6.7 yards per pass attempt and one productive unit — the run game — seemed to get away early.
Obviously, it wasn't very good," LA Fleur said. "It starts with me. I have to plan better for the team and prepare the boys. “LA Fleur even threw a few logs on his own fire when it came to offensive distribution.
Anytime Aaron Jones comes out of a game with eight touchdowns, that's not good enough," LaFleur said.
But Rodgers, who stumbled on the sideline as the Packers offensively stumbled out of the gate, seemed to mellow a bit as the play began.
We had a lot of opportunities today,” Rodgers said. I had many opportunities to score more than seven (points)." Both have truth in their words. LaFleur wrote a more on-point game plan than most of his illustrious Packers career. But he certainly wouldn't be framing this call sheet.
The Packers became passive and unwilling to test the Vikings' secondary deep more than a few times. That part can understandably be chalked up to pretty beat up offensive lines.
But his two best playmakers in the game, Jones and A.J. Dillon, backfiring ends. They combined for 23 touchdowns; realistically, that number should be closer to 40 than 20.