Although Rodgers was saddled with the slowest collection of wide receivers and tight ends in football, per Next Gen Stats, coach Mike McCarthy repeatedly insisted the offense's woes were not a one-position issue.
Outside of a calamitous injury to Rodgers, everything that could go wrong did.
The situation was so bleak by mid-December that McCarthy was even forced to reclaim play-calling duties from offensive coordinator Tom Clements.
Rodgers ended up going nine consecutive games without three touchdown passes and 11 consecutive games without a passer rating of at least 100.0, the longest such droughts of his career.
One NFL assistant coach identified the core issue in a conversation this week with the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
"Last year you had one guy (Cobb) for Aaron to throw it to," the coach explained. "It was, OK, cover that guy, and after that (Rodgers) had to make everything up."
The passing game had degenerated to an atavistic sinkhole, with Rodgers forced to play sandlot ball, improvising as play after play broke down.
The improvement goes beyond Nelson and Cobb recapturing 2014 form and Cook adding a speed element down the seam.
Better yet, Lacy looks downright svelte, providing hope that he can channel his late 2014 success as the only NFL back to exceed 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the final nine games.