Obviously with McAdoo, our offense is very closley related to what McCarthy is doing in Green Bay. In a recent article, Aaron Rodgers describes a shift away from '11' personnel 3 Wr/1 TE, to running more '12' personnel 2 WR/2 TE, and 4-5 WR sets.
Green Bay resigned Lance Kendricks and added Martellus Bennett in free agency for their 12 personnel package.
As it relates to the Giants, Ellison, the TE we signed, could be a key part of introducing multiple formations, including more two TE sets, and help fix some of the predictability we saw on offense. “I think we saw a shift last year,” Rodgers said, “as we shifted away from really an ‘11’ personnel — three receiver, one tight end, one running back exclusive personnel — to really mixing things up, and Mike did a great job of that, of really evolving the offense and trying to get more people involved as we saw it was going to be important that we didn’t just stick in one personnel group.”
In that regard, the spat of injuries to Lacy and fellow tailbacks James Starks and Don Jackson catalyzed changes that dragged the Packers out of a malaise dating to last season. Their struggles, encapsulated by an offense that ranked 24th in 2015, were often accompanied by the perceived stagnation associated with McCarthy’s cherished "11" personnel.
It stands to reason that the offensive explosion attached to last year’s eight-game winning streak will carry with it certain after effects, primarily the incorporation of additional personnel groupings. The Packers tormented opposing defenses with four- and five-wide receiver sets that placed a premium on Rodgers’ quick release, and it sounds as if the quarterback will lobby for them again this season.
“We got Ty (Montgomery) opportunities, we got Christine (Michael) opportunities, we got Randall (Cobb) opportunities in the backfield, we got Geronimo (Allison) on the field as well,” Rodgers said. “We’re going to be evolving in that manner.”
Among the evolutions, according to Rodgers, will be the reintroduction of “12” personnel, an alignment that features one running back, two tight ends and two wide receivers. It’s something the Packers haven’t utilized much since they paired Jermichael Finley and Andrew Quarless in 2013.
The additions of Bennett and Kendricks, coupled with the incumbent Richard Rodgers, who is entering his fourth season, afford McCarthy an opportunity to play more than one tight end at a time.
“I think we’re going to have a lot more flexibility in that package,” Aaron Rodgers said. “(The) ‘12’ personnel is more of a run-pass balanced personnel and it has been throughout the league and for us the past few years. The opportunity to put two guys on the line of scrimmage and have an opportunity to run right, run left and then run all of our vertical passing game is going to be something that could definitely change and be more difficult to stop.”