Packers offense improves in Phibin's first game as play caller

GREEN BAY, Wisc, (WBAY) In his first time calling plays in the NFL, Packers Interim Head Coach Joe Philbin orchestrates the Packers highest scoring game of the season.

Green Bay's defense contributed a touchdown and their offense steamrolled Atlanta’s 26th ranked defense for 27 points. The offense’s biggest yet to success was fixing their issues on 3rd down. The Packers certainly did on Sunday going 7 for 13 on 3rd down, converting for over 50% for just the 2nd time this season.

“Seven for thirteen, what's the percentage on that Tom (Fanning)? Yeah, a little over 50. That was the key,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “We did it in different ways. I think we hit like a 3rd and close to 15 there to Davante (Adams). We had some 3rd and medium and 3rd and 2 or 3 in the first drive that got things going.”

So was it Green Bay's new play caller that made difference?

“Plays really didn't change. We just executed really well,” Packers running back Aaron Jones said. “I think that just goes to our preparation, and Joe (Philbin) got us ready this week.”

“I felt like the game was kind of in rhythm,” Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb said. “I definitely think we felt like we were in rhythm, and that comes from executing plays, moving the ball, and keeping ourselves in good position.”

For what it's worth, Cobb, Rodgers, and others have said the offense lacked rhythm earlier in the season, so Sunday’s offensive production has to at least be a vote confidence for Philbin and his play calling.

“Joe did a great job on the calls and the flow and timing,” Rodgers said. “We ran some first sound plays, the touchdown to (Aaron) Jones is the first sound play, and mixed up the cadences nicely. Again, the details got to get cleaned up on a couple of those plays where they brought pressure, but we really should have had it picked up or just little details in some of the routes that we got to clean up. I thought the flow was good and the calls were getting in quick.”

“I felt it was good,” Packers Interim Head Coach Joe Philbin said. “It was one where Aaron (Rodgers) and I, I can think of one play in the red zone area in the first half that got a little, I thought I was fine, but I might not have been fine. You know, I thought overall it was good it was fine. A lot of credit to the staff doing a great job kind of formulating the game plan, but I thought we did a good job as a coaching staff communicating during the game, seeing if we could get certain things up and running.”

The Packers next test comes next Sunday in Chicago against the NFC North leading Bears.