Everyone likes to bitch about the Green Bay Packers running game this season, from Buffoon on down to the fans, and with good reason. The Packers are 28th in the league in rushing offense through four weeks.
They’re averaging a pathetic 73 yards per game on the ground. Not getting it done.
Similarly, everyone has a solution to this problem. A week after blaming Eddie Lacy — and pad level, of course — for the running game’s ills, Buffoon decided today that not enough attempts is the problem.
“We have to get the attempts up,” McCarthy said. “Any time you have a successful run game, you have close to 30 attempts.”
And that makes tons of sense. Can’t run? Run more! Problem solved!
We had our own simple solution. One that actually makes some sense. Give the ball to James Starks more often.
While Easy Ed is averaging a craptacular three yards per carry, Starks is averaging five. Why? Because James Starks always averages five per carry. Did it last year. Doing it again this year.
So you’ve got a guy who’s pretty much automatic for five yards every time he runs the ball and one who’s struggling to gain three. What do you do?
Well, if you’re Buffoon, you don’t let Starks touch the ball at all.
That’ll teach him!
Starks went the entire Chicago game without touching the ball one time. This was going on while Lacy was averaging 2.8 yards per carry. And still, it never occurred to Buffoon to put Starks in the game.
Today, Buffoon also took responsibility for that, admitting that he does indeed know James Starks still exists.
“That was poor management by myself,” McCarthy said. “That shouldn’t have happened. James Starks should touch the football every single game.”