If the Green Bay Packers want to go anywhere next season, they will have to greatly improve the running game. Even though quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the wide receivers are more than capable of tearing apart defenses through the air, there needs to be some balance in the offense. The good news is Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is determined to bring a better rushing attack to Green Bay.
The Packers accomplished their first step in the process by selecting running backs Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin in the 2013 NFL Draft. Even though this was a very big step in the right direction, Green Bay still has a long ways to go in order for the running game to be effective.
“These workouts are great — they’re a teaching, educational part of developing your football team,” McCarthy said, according to the Pioneer Press. “We have to get in pads to find out what’s real and what’s perception.
“We’ll be better, I promise you that. Big letters.”
There is no question the Packers have not been this well-equipped to have a frightening running game in a very long time. However, just because the running backs look good on paper does not necessarily mean they will transition well over to the field.
Green Bay has a threatening offense that can put up points on any defense in the league. Rodgers is going to run the show in 2013 and make defenses think twice before stepping onto the field. The problem is the passing game is not meant to control the clock.
“When you’re playing a team like (San Francisco 49ers), you have to control the football and score points,” Rodgers said, according to the Pioneer Press. “Possessions are even more important in the playoffs. And in the third quarter, we had three possessions and three good opportunities to keep drives going and score and we didn’t.”
If the Packers could just find a decent running game to compliment Rodgers then there truly could be no stopping the former NFL MVP.