After the Packers win over Arizona last week, receiver Randall Cobb shared a tidbit about his 13-yard catch and run for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Cobb said that after the huddle broke, Donald Driver told him to take the slot position on the right side, even though Driver was supposed to line up there. Driver lined up outside, where Cobb was supposed to be.
Cobb than ran a quick-slant route, beat safety Adrian Wilson’s tackle with a spin move, and scored.
What Cobb didn’t say was that the original call was a screen pass, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers changed the play at the line of scrimmage to a throw to Cobb.
“The play that was called wasn’t designed to go to Randall, it was a change at the line by Aaron,” said Tom Clements, the Packers’ offensive coordinator, earlier this week. “He saw how the defense was deployed and thought this would be an appropriate check to make.”
Though Clements and coach Mike McCarthy have specific receivers in specific spots for a reason, the receivers are to a degree interchangeable. So it’s not that unusual for them to line up in other than their designated spots, though it happens more often in two-minute possessions when they have to get lined up as quickly as possible after a play.
“We do it in practice,” Clements said, “we move those guys around because of situations like that, so everyone knows what the other guy is doing and you can have a successful play.”