Adam Stenavich, rarely mentioned during Packers' turnaround, could start drawing interest from other teams
The Packers' playoff push hasn't turned Adam Stenavich into a household name, but it could make him a candidate for a play-calling OC job as early as this offseason.
As the Green Bay Packers endured a winless October in which the offense stagnated in every facet, criticism came from seemingly every corner, and understandably so. Jordan Love, the QB for which the team traded away Aaron Rodgers to play, couldn't settle into his new role. The receiving corps, the NFL's youngest by a significant margin, struggled to go an entire drive without a mental error. Head coach Matt LaFleur hadn't found the right balance as a play-caller.
Even with a somewhat-functioning defense, the Packers fell to 2-5 and appeared on a bullet train to a top-5 draft pick and irrelevance.
"Obviously, it's not good enough," Love said after a Week 8 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in which the Packers managed just 10 points. "It's been, I think, pretty average to start. We got highs and lows. It's too bumpy right now. I need to find consistency in my play where I'm able to make every play, go to the right place with the ball every play.
"When our number's called, we got to just execute and make those plays and limit mistakes. That's what's killing us right now, penalties and mistakes. Top down, that's everybody."
At that time, the Packers seemed in dire need of a teardown. The bet that general manager Brian Gutekunst made on Love looked foolhardy, especially as his turnovers mounted and his poise evaporated. Christian Watson's regression and deteriorating health left the passing game without a true field-tilter and the rookies couldn't fill the void. LaFleur even heard calls for his job.
But as the champagne flutes clinked to bid adieu to 2023, that broken team feels like a distant memory. Over the last nine weeks, the Packers transformed into one of the league's most potent offenses. They currently rank sixth by weighted offensive DVOA and, since the start of November, fourth in expected points added per play.
Love has quieted his doubters by throwing for 3,843 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 11 picks. The young pass catchers no longer look so green with Jayden Reed, Dontayvion Wicks, and others stepping in as offensive catalysts. The narrative surrounding LaFleur has flipped too as his play-calling now better utilizes Green Bay's personnel.
That improved offensive play has helped the Packers overcome their disastrous October and the subsequent implosion of the defense. They now enter Week 18 with a previously unthinkable 8-8 record and the chance to stamp their ticket to the postseason with a win over the Chicago Bears this Sunday.
Still, for all the well-earned plaudits that Love, his weapons, and LaFleur have received, another important part of the offense has somehow drawn little acclaim nationally: offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich.