<div id=“content_id“>GREEN BAY https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/hats , Wis. — Time for Joe Philbin to assume an important new responsibility with the Green Bay Packers, and it’s not just the duties that come with taking over as interim head coach.It’s been a while since Philbin has called plays.“Trying to think. Might have been about 20 years, maybe,” Philbin said.More Packers coverage from FOX Sports WisconsinBucks’ Wes Matthews loves Wisconsin, is a Vikings fanPreview: Packers look to slow Vikings’ revitalized run gameTop Tweets: Yelich thanks fans for support after season-ending injuryAmos sparks rebuilt Packers defense in debutPackers to be tested again by familiar foe in Zimmer, VikingsNow he takes over the job on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons following the Packers’ firing of Mike McCarthy, who also called the plays.The previous time Philbin had that task?“I think it was at Northeastern if I’m not mistaken,” said Philbin, who was offensive coordinator of the Northeastern Huskies in 1995-96.He does have a wealth of experience. A 16-year NFL coaching veteran, Philbin’s college coaching resume goes back to Tulane in 1984. He’s in his second stint as offensive coordinator in Green Bay, having held the job when the Packers won the Super Bowl in the 2010 season, and when the offense set franchise records the next season.Philbin was head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2012-15. He spent two seasons on the Colts’ staff before returning to Green Bay this year. He has been heavily involved in planning, installation and putting together play scripts. He met regularly with McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers.This week, though, will be a little different.“Sometimes, because I wasn’t calling the plays, I could kind of peek ahead a little bit so we could move forward a little bit,” Philbin said. “I think that will be the biggest difference. I’m not going to be looking at our next opponent until the game is over.”“And then obviously just sequencing the calls the right way and hopefully they work when we call ’em,” he added.7<button class=“view-gallery“>View Gallery</button> Gallery:Upon Further Review: Packers vs. CardinalsAP | Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved.McCarthy was fired after a 20-17 loss on Sunday at home to the lowly Arizona Cardinals. His specialty was offense Green Bay Packers Hoodie , but the once-prolific production had slacked off. Empty third downs and a lack of potent plays have been season-long issues. Rodgers’ completion percentage is his lowest in three seasons, though he has still thrown just one interception this year. Drops by receivers especially plagued the Packers on Sunday.“I just think you really need to be better in situational offense if you want to win games, so we’re going to pay a little more attention, even more attention, to that the next couple weeks,” Rodgers said, “because we’ve got to fix that if we want to win games.”The change does present a unique wrinkle to how Falcons coach Dan Quinn prepares his defense. He can get his team ready for the unique skillsets of Rodgers and top receiver Davante Adams. But he can’t study Philbin’s tendencies when it comes to calling plays.“The analogy I told the team today,” Quinn said, “if we all had the same playbook, we wouldn’t all call plays in the same way or the same style even though it’s all part of it.”It helps to have a quarterback of Rodgers’ caliber to have input on concepts and schemes, Quinn said. But there isn’t a lot of background into figuring out Philbin’s tendencies in clutch situations, such as on third down. Quinn calls those “Got to have it moments.”“Those, hey, you better be ready to call your best stuff because those aren’t scripted. Those are off the cuff,” he said.An intangible is the familiarity between Rodgers and Philbin, who was on staff for the quarterback’s rookie season in 2005. They’ve worked together during highly productive seasons. They apparently share a similar sense of humor.“A lot of dry humor. Joe is, every time he talks he reminds us about how simple this game is,” Rodgers said. “It comes down to the little things and he’s always reminding us and harping on those things.”NOTES: RG Byron Bell (knee) and RT Bryan Bulaga (knee/illness), who both left in the second quarter against Arizona Dexter Williams Jersey , missed practice. … CB Bashaud Breeland (groin) and S Kentrell Brice (ankle/concussion) were limited. … Little-used RB Tra Carson (rib) and starting CB Kevin King (hamstring) were placed on injured reserve. King’s rookie season last year ended on the injury list because of a shoulder issue. … The team claimed DL Fadol Brown from the Raiders and rookie CB Natrell Jamerson from the Texans. Originally a fifth-round draft pick by New Orleans, Jamerson played in college at Wisconsin. The perfect rating, the 400 yards and six touchdowns, it has all been discussed at nauseum over the past two days. But Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers did more than just have the best statistical game of his career on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders — he firmly inserted himself back into the thick of the NFL’s MVP race for 2019.After six weeks this season, Rodgers was doing, well, fine. He had not been back to his MVP numbers from 2011 or 2014 yet, and his overall numbers were sitting fairly close to those from the Packers’ 2018 campaign. Here were his numbers through six games:137-219 (62.56% completions), 1,590 yards, 8 TDs, 2 INTs, 7.26 Y/A, 92.8 passer ratingStill, with those relatively pedestrian numbers, Rodgers sat in a tie for the third-best odds to win this year’s MVP award. According to BetOnline.ag, Russell Wilson was last week’s favorite at 2:1 odds, while Patrick Mahomes sat at 5:2 and the duo of Deshaun Watson and Christian McCaffrey were tied with Rodgers at 9:1.But now, after a game with a perfect passer rating http://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Jace-Sternberger-Jersey , Rodgers has climbed the rankings all the way to the top spot. That same online betting site now puts Rodgers as the odds-on favorite to win the MVP at 5:2, narrowly passing up Wilson, whose odds dropped to 3:1. Meanwhile, Mahomes’ chances plummeted due to his injury, dropping all the way to 16:1. Interestingly, Watson’s odds improved to 6:1 despite the Texans’ 30-23 loss to the Colts, a game that saw Watson account for just one touchdown and two interceptions.Rodgers’ tremendous game puts him back on a pace more similar to his previous MVP seasons. His yards per attempt for the year now sits at 8.1 after being at 7.4 or below in each of the past four years. Yards per completion are up as well, sitting at 12.5 after five years of being below 12. Finally, his passer rating is back in triple digits at 103.7, above his NFL-record career rating of 103.2.Admittedly, Rodgers’ exceptional performance came against a Raiders defense that now ranks 30th in the NFL against the pass, according to DVOA. But even adjusted for opponent, his rankings in advanced stats shot up, as he is up to 5th in DYAR and 7th in DVOA. If the Packers’ passing game continues to shred opposing defenses, Rodgers’ odds today might end up being a bargain. That is no sure thing, however, as two of the Packers’ next three opponents sit in the top five in best pass defense DVOA (Chiefs 4th, Panthers 3rd).</div>
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