The Green Bay Packers boast one of the league’s top passing attacks in the NFL, but something else has to be done. During these last two playoff losses, it has become apparent that this team is going to need a running game. The number one question is where is that running game going to come from?
Not since Ahman Green was shredding it up in the backfield have the Packers had a truly dangerous running game. It seemed like this year’s running attack could blossom into that, but in the end DuJuan Harris couldn’t give the Packers quite what they needed. I suppose the blame can’t all be placed on Harris, because it was the play-calling that got away from the run game in the loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The next route to go would be through the draft.
For the sake of the argument we’ll ignore free agency, because there aren’t any decent priced free agent running backs out there that would make sense money-wise for the Packers. That means they’ll have to find their next running back through the draft. One name stands out is Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor. He has the ability to be a powerful violent runner with good speed. There’s no telling how high Taylor will be picked, or even if the Packers would pull the trigger on him. I would almost expect GM Ted Thompson to move up in the draft to take a runner.
It’ll be interesting to see the direction the Packers go this off-season, but if the run game isn’t addressed then it’s time for Packer Nation to start getting very frustrated.
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