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McCarthy Committed To DuJuan Harris and No One Else


So the Green Bay Packers didn’t sign Steven Jackson. Big deal. Coach Mike McCarthy already knows who his running back will be in 2013 — DuJuan Harris… and probably someone else.

McCarthy expressed a commitment to the 5-7 Harris during the NFL owners meetings on Wednesday, saying Harris would be one half of his one-two rushing punch. McCarthy stopped short of saying Harris would be the starter though.

“Oh he’s going to play for us next season. That’s his responsibility if he wants to be the starter,” McCarthy said.

Harris rushed 34 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns in the regular season and added 100 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries in two postseason games. More importantly, the former practice squad signee was the only member of the Packers backfield that looked at all impressive after Cedric Benson was lost for the season.

McCarthy also said the Packers will try to establish some consistency by using only a couple guys in the running game in 2013. In 2012, they used five guys, or six if you count fullback John Kuhn.

The second guy in 2013? McCarthy made no commitment to anyone, which doesn’t really bode well for James Starks and Alex Green, the two other holdovers from 2012 (Benson and Ryan Grant are free agents).

The Packers obviously weren’t happy with either of those guys in 2012. Both of them started games and both of them got benched. They were also afterthoughts once Harris entered the picture.

Green Bay is reportedly interested in free agent Ahmad Bradshaw and they may very well draft a running back.

In 2013, the Packers running game will probably look a lot different than it did a year ago. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Buster Bluth March 20, 2013

    Starting backfield next year in Green Bay:
    DuJuan and Neil Patrick Harris

    1. PackAttack March 20, 2013

      Where can we buy Super Bowl tickets?

  2. RodgerDat March 20, 2013

    If they keep moronically handing the ball to Kuhn I will seriously have to reconsider watching football altogether. Nothing takes more time off of my life than seeing Kuhn get carries. I’m probably 15 rushes away from a stroke.

    1. therealChuckywasCecil March 20, 2013

      thank god I’m not alone. When the crowd starts that Kuhn chant I want to scream.

      1. GreenAndYellow March 21, 2013

        ive felt so alone in this sentiment for so long…its good to know im not alone. every time i say something about it i seem to get odd looks and dumb comments, so thank you for providing a measure of reassurance

  3. cd4packers March 20, 2013

    I think its a great thing. I would love to see the packers get their running game up to par….right now it is played like it’s an afterthought….and every team in the league knows it. They are only interested in one thing….getting Rodgers off his game and getting him on the ground. We need to give them something else to think about for a change. Last year I was totally against getting a RB in the draft….we needed Defensive players and sure enough….TT did exactly what I had hoped he would do….he took 6 Defensive guys in the draft….problem is….did our defense really improve much? Nope. Now after watching team after team take on our offense with apparent ease….i am ready to see the Pack get a RB and a good one. I do like Harris…but I think we need one more really productive RB…and I would prefer to take one from the draft rather than from FA. I don’t like the idea of getting someone elses problem players….like Bradshaw…who is a good back but has recently been laden with injuries….we do not need that. Go get someone young and ready to fight for the Green Bay Packers each and every Sunday….an enthusiastic, young RB…there are plenty to choose from this year. Do it Ted.

  4. Nick March 20, 2013

    The great news is you don’t have to pay minature used car salesmen a lot to be your starting running back.

  5. tim March 20, 2013

    is it the RB or the OL that is fault here?

  6. Iltarion March 20, 2013

    I find it comical how every time Harris is mentioned, his height is included. Look on JSonline or the GBPG and you’ll find the same thing. Its like his height is crucial to every story. Hahaha….

    Harris averaged 4.6 yards per carry behind a line in transition. I think Green or Starks could be a decent change of pace back. Let’s see what the little man can do.

    1. Packer Bob March 20, 2013

      Russel Wilson fell to the 3rd round because he’s only 5’9”.

    2. TyKoSteamboat March 20, 2013

      Well said, Iltarion. I was unaware that Harris averaged 4.6 per carry… I like Harris, i just don’t love his game {yet}.

    3. PackAttack March 20, 2013

      Yeah he averaged 4.6 yard per/carry in 34 full carries and 4 games. HOLY SHIT Iltarion! Do you think Canton has a spot already picked out for this guy? Shit, 34 carries — well god dam he should get the job after those 34 carries!

      I find it comical how two other teams already released this guy yet he finds his way to start for Green Bay.

      Defensive coordinators should be scared shitless come this fall when they see Harris in the backfield, I bet that’ll keep those safties from playing 25 yards deep!


      1. Phatgzus March 21, 2013

        You need to go out and get yourself a hemorrhoid pillow so you’re not constantly pissed at the world. Seriously man, take a deep breath and a Valium.

  7. Iltarion March 20, 2013

    And BTW, Brian Urlacher is no longer a Bear. They now will have TWO new LBs.

  8. MadCity Packer Fan March 20, 2013

    I like Harris…he has a raw workhorse style. I hope he progresses.

  9. Tucson Packer March 20, 2013

    I hope Alex Green shares the work load. I think Alex has some great potential, too bad he got that nasty injury. Anyone remember his College play? If Alex could just make some runs like that…

  10. Carl with a "C" March 20, 2013


  11. ay hombre March 20, 2013

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again….Peyton Hillis is the counter-puncher. Low salary, big upside, the perfect Ted Thompson pick up.

  12. Vijay March 21, 2013

    DuJuan was the only back to avg 4 ypc last season, the only one. Why don’t we get one stud to pair with him and then save the extra roster space for some D Linemen and TE/LBs so we actually have a chance next post season!?

  13. What is a frush? March 21, 2013

    Even if he was 6′ 2″, I would still have reservations about having DuJuan as our running back, or anyone who has bounced around from teams or practice squads. Regardless, knowing the packer’s luck, there are bound to be injuries, so why not try and get someone else if Harris is the starter? Starks and Green aren’t the answer – if only there was another way to help the team, besides the draft, where we could increase depth with experienced players…

  14. peter March 21, 2013

    stop freaking out ted is a kmart shopper we will sign hillis or bradshaw and draft another rb plus they could always give benson a one year min again.

  15. vikes are fags March 21, 2013

    He is a good situational runner but not an every down back and He is too small. They need a bruiser back there with good hands.

  16. Abe Frohman March 21, 2013

    I like Alex Green as a receiving back. I think he does a nice job in space.

    I have reservations about Harris. 34 carries does not a career make. If he was so awesome, he’d have been someone else’s starter, rather than selling cars. I do like what I’ve seen so far.

  17. Shawn March 21, 2013

    If Arian Foster was so awesome, someone would have drafted him.

    I don’t get this thinking.

    1. Abe Frohman March 21, 2013

      Foster had injury issues.

      1. Phatgzus March 21, 2013

        Yeah, so did AD, what’s your point?

  18. SoTxPhil March 21, 2013

    What happened to the OSU RB Saine that was drafted a couple yrs ago?? He was coming on pretty good out of the backfield and had good speed in 2011. I think he got hurt in the pre-season last yr, was he cut? I haven’t heard his name for some time.

    1. Phatgzus March 21, 2013

      He’s on IR.