by Brad Biggs
July 28, 02012
The Green Bay Packers have introduced an interesting tool to practice this summer, adding a passing clock to the sideline.
The clock is set to go off at 2.5 seconds on passing plays, according to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, a feature designed to help both the offense and the defense.
For the offense, it helps with the timing for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his receivers in terms of getting the ball out in a timely manner. Pass protection has been an issue for the Packers at times. On the other side of the ball, it helps train the defensive backs on when to be looking for the ball.
The clock is used in 7-on-7 and team drills and it starts when the ball is snapped. Packers coach Mike McCarthy says most plays are designed for the ball to be released between 2.4 and 2.5 seconds.
“For the offense and the protection unit, to have a clear indication when you’re potentially transitioning into a scrambling phase,” McCarthy said. “It’s something we always try to emphasize in practice in as many different ways as possible. And on the other side of the ball, it’s a time clock for the pass rush and the pressure unit.”
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