Larrivee: Packers' defense faces 'dynamic' challenge in Eagles
LeSean McCoy. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Philadelphia Eagles are bringing a high-flying offense to Green Bay on Sunday for their game with the Green Bay Packers, and that's not just an attempt at a bad pun.
It's the reality of the NFL's second-most explosive offense, a record-tying quarterback in Nick Foles (seven TD passes last Sunday against Oakland) and the combination of receivers and running backs at his disposal.
"This is LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Brent Celek...these are the guys making it happen," Larrivee explained on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
Rookie head coach Chip Kelly is using a version of his fast-moving scheme from his days leading the University of Oregon, but Larrivee says the scheme isn't the star on the offense.
"I think the NFL knew how to handle Chip Kelly's offense by halftime of the opener (Week 1 vs. Washington). What he has here are some very good weapons that are playing very well right now."
Wayne thinks those weapons are even more productive than the offense the Chicago Bears threw at them on Monday night, with which they scored 27 points and controlled the ball and the game.
"If you want to look at the last two offenses the Packers will have faced, the one difference is that the Eagles' skill position people on offense is that they're more explosive than Chicago. This offense is much more dynamic," said Wayne.
He also says the offense is better served with Foles at quarterback than what normal starter Michael Vick could give them, even if he wasn't suffering from a hamstring injury.
"I think there's no question they are. Foles isn't making some of the big mistakes Vick did. Vick is probably more prototypical of what (Eagles coach) Chip Kelly is looking for in his offense, similar to the quarterbacks he had at Oregon, who could move the ball with his legs as well as his arm," said Wayne.
"How this offense has to function, they need a Nick Foles at quarterback, a guy who's not going to turn it over, a guy who has enough athletic ability to escape the rush, keep the play alive, but maybe isn't the kind of threat with his legs that Michael Vick is."
When the Packers have the ball, Wayne thinks they'd have the opportunity to succeed against Philadelphia's secondary, but they may not have the ability to take advantage of it without Rodgers under center.
"The thing about the Eagles, where it kind of hurts from Green Bay's standpoint, the thing you want to do with Philadelphia is get the ball to the corners of the defense. The Packers are more equipped to do that with Aaron Rodgers, (but) they won't have that this week."