Larry McCarren's Countdown to Camp
Can Packers offense improve from record-breaking 2011?
Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - Don't hold your breath. It could be a long wait for the Green Bay Packers' offense to show any improvement over the 2011 season.
How much better can Aaron Rodgers and company get?
He and his offensive teammates set new franchise records for points, yards, passing yards and fewest turnovers, and there's no doubt which side of the ball led the way to the most important regular season record of all: 15 wins.
Even with all that being said, there are some situations that bare watching once the pads go on.
Perhaps the most intriguing involves wide receiver Randall Cobb, now that he and the coaching staff have had a season and an off-season to get acclimated.
We saw a little bit of the Wildcat formation in 2011. Could we see more of it?
As a former quarterback, Cobb can throw off of any type of reverse action.
There are many possibilities with Cobb, in addition to what is sure to be an expanded role in his day job, playing wide receiver.
Two other players we'll be keeping an eye on in 2012 are backup quarterback Graham Harrell and running back James Starks.
Harrell may be a second-stringer, but he's a snap away from playing the game's most important position.
Harrell looked to be much improved in off-season workouts. His arm looked stronger and he threw the ball with more authority.
In training camp and, in particular, preseason games, a guy like Harrell can establish himself as the real deal.
As for Starks, he'll get a shot at being the team's undisputed go-to guy when it comes to running the football.
After two years, he's shown that kind of ability, but the next step for him is consistent availability.