This is the year, man! This is the year the Green Bay Packers commit to running the football.
Oh, you’ve heard this one before?
Sorry, you’re right. You hear it every year. Packers coach Mike McCarthy insists his team is committed to the running game, that running the football is key to the team’s success. And then they throw 40 times a game.
You don’t have to look far. Last season, McCarthy insisted that the Packers needed to run the football more. Despite that proclamation, the team’s No. 1 running back, Ty Montgomery, was never handed the ball more than 16 times in a game. In fact, his number of carries were fewer than 10 in all but one game in 2016.
It was the same when Eddie Lacy was the man.
“We’re going to run the football!”
Here are 12 carries, Ed.
This pretty much sums it up.
— Mike Clemens (@MikeClemensNFL) July 29, 2017
Hold on for a moment…
The indignant look? The inclusion of “damn” in the answer.
I mean, it’s just completely perfect.
Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure you are, Fat Mike. Sure you are!
I actually believe him. The presence of Bennett is going to make the PA pass game so much better. He is the best run blocking tight end that was a starter since Bubba Franks. And that isn’t saying much. If I were the offensive coordinator I would run the ball more with this team.
I think Bennett will be used as an added extension of the 0-line in certain circumstances, for reasons we’ll get into once the season starts..
I think the biggest benefit this year with Montgomery in the backfield (for now) and the signing of Bennett, is it will give our offense more options with 2 tight end sets, maybe we even bring back the screen pass with Ty and Bennett in the game. I think potentially, if Fat Mike doesn’t shit the bed, this offense will finally have enough variables to open up the playbook to the point that the offensive play calling is far less predictable. That would be a nice change of pace. Making a lethal QB, even more lethal. If the 0 line doesn’t bleed, and injuries are minimal, i could see this offense getting back to the scoring standard it set back in 2011, maybe even better.
Now, about this defense………
The team will average more rushes per game this year than last. The team was 29th in rushes per game (RPG) at 23.4 . The team really had no running backs for most of the season that were familiar with the position or the offense. I don’t think the team will average more than 25 to 27 APG based on past years. That will probably put the team in the middle of the league in RPG and keep the ball in Rodgers hand and the air around 60% of the plays.
2010- rank 20th- 26.3 RPG
2011- rank 26th- 24.7 RPG
2012- rank 16th- 27.1 RPG
2013- rank 12th- 28.7 RPG. Rodgers missed several games.
2014- rank 14th- 26.4 RPG
2015- rank 12th- 27.2 RPG
2015 was the optimum time in trying to establish a serious running game for the backs and the off. line. For obvious reasons. But then again in Fat Mikes defense, i really don’t think Lacy was equipped to carry the rock 20-25 times a game.
I can only think of 1 game he prepared ever where “there’s a point where we’re going to run the damn football”. The Seattle playoff debacle where he had that metric about needing to run X amount of times…
Yea…his pre-game number of carry’s he planned before the game. Instead of making play-calling decisions based on the game being played, like most coaches would do.
He ditched that philosophy since then. That was one of the examples i wrote about awhile back showing how McCarthy was learning this head coaching thing…as he goes.