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Aaron Rodgers says Packers need to show they can run the ball

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With all the talk about the importance of the Packers’ defense improving in 2012, it’s easy to forget that there’s a fairly significant flaw on the offensive side of the ball.

The Packers finished with the third best offense in the NFL last season, no thanks to their sixth-worst running game.  The Green Bay passing attack, led by league MVP Aaron Rodgers, lifted the Packers to an average of more than 400 yards and a 15-1 record.

Rodgers says that has to change.

“I think you just have to have at least a little bit of a threat at it,” Rodgers tolk Homer & Thunder of ESPN Milwaukee, “because we do a lot of play-action, movement game, where we’re breaking and rolling out or just play-action and throwing timing routes, and the defense has to respect it enough to suck up a little bit on the fake and give you some good throwing lanes.  Sometimes you can do that by just having a big-name back in there and sometimes you need to be effective doing it.  We’re going to have to prove that we can run the ball.”

They may have that threat now with Cedric Benson, who has generated more than 1,000 yards rushing in three straight seasons.  But here’s the thing.  With each additional rushing attempt, there’s necessarily one less pass thrown.

Last year, the Packers averaged fewer than 25 rush attempts per game, seventh-fewest in the league.  (Rodgers ran 60 times in his 15 starts last season.)  So, if they’re going to run more, they’re going to pass less.

Maybe that’s what will happen.  It’s just hard to picture one of the most prolific top-to-bottom passing games we’ve seen not be utilized to its fullest extent.

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26 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers says Packers need to show they can run the ball”
  1. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Aug 20, 2012 1:37 PM

    Yeah. These guys are way overrated. They have 5 achillies heels, just got to exploit them all. Just watch.

  2. contra74 says: Aug 20, 2012 1:57 PM

    Whenever your run game hinges around a has-been who was unemployed last week…well…you’re in trouble.

    Im going to love watching the wheels fall of this bandwagon.

  3. rodeoclownclint24 says: Aug 20, 2012 1:58 PM

    oh now he says they need to run it…a month ago he said why do we need to run the ball he hasnt looked so hott in the preseason teams know all they are guna do is pass it

  4. beedubyatoo says: Aug 20, 2012 2:07 PM

    How can a team that won the SB 2 years ago, with a regular season record of 15-1 last year be overrated? With basically the same lineup and a strengthed defense?

    Let me guess, drwbrsdmndsnxplntn. Bears or Lions fan?

  5. superjroch says: Aug 20, 2012 2:07 PM

    With a great running game, big plays in the passing game become much easier. If Benson pans out, or if they somehow make the RB by committee plan work more effectively, defenses that respect that threat are more likely to be burned by the big pass. I’ll happily take runs of 8, 13, and 9 and then a 59 yard Rodgers to Nelson touchdown on 2nd and 1 when everybody though Benson was getting the ball.

  6. stellarperformance says: Aug 20, 2012 2:08 PM

    Yeah, you do that. You can wear your fifteen year old purple T-shirt that reads; “Maybe Next Year.” It never goes out of style in Minnesota.

  7. blacknole08 says: Aug 20, 2012 2:08 PM

    Why is he saying this now? Good luck running behind that overrated offensive line. Rodgers will be running for his life this season. He may be super human on the field, but he is not immortal, and he hasn’t looked that impressive this year (the Giants playoff loss + the 2 pre-season games).

    Not trying to hate on Rodgers but I feel that teams will catch up with the Packers this year.

  8. lbpackfan says: Aug 20, 2012 2:15 PM

    contra74 says:
    Aug 20, 2012 1:57 PM
    Whenever your run game hinges around a has-been who was unemployed last week…well…you’re in trouble.

    Im going to love watching the wheels fall of this bandwagon.

    ————————————————-

    Favre to Tracy Porter
    6-10
    3-13

    Yes…life has been good for Vikings fans lately.

  9. mvp43 says: Aug 20, 2012 2:16 PM

    Line up 5 receivers and use the pass to set up the run…..

  10. dacoach333 says: Aug 20, 2012 2:18 PM

    Good luck with that one

  11. wludford says: Aug 20, 2012 2:21 PM

    An honest assessment of the Green Bay Packers has to include two facts:

    1) They have the best passing attack in the league, due to having the best QB in the league and perhaps the best receiving corps.

    2) Everything else is mediocre or worse.

    That the Packers are the #1 ranked team says more about the importance of the passing game and the rule changes in more recent years that favor it.

    I think back to the San Diego Chargers in the Dan Fouts/Air Coryell days. They had perhaps the best passing attack in the league in those days too, but weren’t much more than a top 10 team at best.

    It’s not good for the NFL that passing is all that matters.

  12. chi01town says: Aug 20, 2012 2:26 PM

    That would be a nice trick cause when you DONT HAVE A RUNNING GAME AT ALL…. how are you going to show one? The packers are in trouble… an Benson cant help not with a 2.7 yards per carry average

  13. purpleguy says: Aug 20, 2012 2:31 PM

    The last thing Rodgers, Pack fans or anyone has to worry about is the Packer offense. The defense may be a bit of a different story, but not the offense.

  14. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Aug 20, 2012 2:35 PM

    Look at thier schedule this year. It’s not te cakewalk they faced last year. And the year they won the super bowl, Favre to Schiancoe was clearly a touchdown and the refs miffed it, packers go 9-7 and the giants go to the playoffs. With the sick defenses the packers have to play this year, and no defense of their own, it’s not going to be as easy for you guys to put on your skirts and wave your green and yellow Pom Poms as before. Plus when Aaron Rogers gets concussed the packers will be lucky to win a game. Worst defense on the league and no running game. They can’t beat up on the hapless AFc west this year neither

  15. axespray says: Aug 20, 2012 3:08 PM

    Our running game can’t get any worse than the Brandon Jackson 2 yards per carry games from 2010… won a superbowl that year, we just need the running game to pick up short yardage 1st downs and to average around 4 yards a pop….

  16. thesmartest1 says: Aug 20, 2012 3:17 PM

    Alex Green will have it rolling by week 10.

  17. rbirving says: Aug 20, 2012 3:22 PM

    How can a team that won the SB 2 years ago, with a regular season record of 15-1 last year be overrated? With basically the same lineup and a strengthed defense?

    ——–

    In the NFL, every year, just like the players, get better or they get worse. No one stays the same, it’s simply not possible.

    The Packers have gotten by with no real running game for the last 3-4 years and it can’t go on forever. That sort of thing catches up with you.

    The Packers had one of the worst passing defenses in the league last year and they were exposed with their pants down in the play-offs.

    It’s a new season and the real difference in the Packer offense is what’s missing, not what’s been added. I’ll believe this passing offense continues without a hitch when I see it. I believe Philbin had a lot to do with that success and it remains to be seen how they handle the coaching change.

    I’m sure the Bears are happy to see Cedric starting in Green Bay, they’re all too familiar with his weaknesses……

  18. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 20, 2012 3:34 PM

    superjroch says:Aug 20, 2012 2:07 PM

    I’ll happily take runs of 8, 13, and 9 and then a 59 yard Rodgers to Nelson touchdown on 2nd and 1 when everybody though Benson was getting the ball.
    _______

    Yes, I think most people would take that, but what makes you think Cedric Benson is going to tear off that kind of yardage?

  19. pskotte says: Aug 20, 2012 3:36 PM

    If Ced Benson is the answer he’d still be playing for the Bengals.

  20. kidpresentable says: Aug 20, 2012 4:00 PM

    “Whenever your run game hinges around a has-been who was unemployed last week…well…you’re in trouble. ”

    Right, because the Vikings, Jaguars, Titans, and Ravens have lost track of how many Super Bowl rings they have won in the last few years with their top-tier running backs. Meanwhile, the Giants, Packers, Saints, Steelers, and Patriots have all struggled mightily with their scrap heap half backs and running-back-by-committee set-ups.

  21. tangysizzl says: Aug 20, 2012 5:53 PM

    Keep predicting the downfall of the Packers, certainly your gonna be right at some point. Hell even a broken clock is right twice per day.

  22. thetokyosandblaster says: Aug 20, 2012 6:16 PM

    So much jealousy.

    Deserved, but ugly. Packers > every other team.

    The end.

  23. chi01town says: Aug 20, 2012 6:41 PM

    Too bad we are NOT talking about clocks or time… We are talking about football… an NOT last season. Greenbay is WEAK an 8/8 is the best they can do… Lol

  24. nathanbetz91 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:20 PM

    how do you show you can run the ball when you only have like 2 running backs? and not only that arent you supposed to be gods gift to football? if so then throw it

  25. favreblows says: Aug 20, 2012 11:52 PM

    My, my, my……how little you haters know about the game, and the greatness of TT. He has been very good at finding guys…..others don’t want….and can contribute big-time. CedBen is going to have ALL KINDS of opportunities to run the ball this year…..he will NEVER face eight men in the box. He will easily run for 1000 yards, and the Pack will have the goal-line option they have been missing.

    I was convinced the Green and Gold would go 14-2…….but with the addition of CedBen….it’s gotta be at least 15-1……at least.

    Book it.

  26. chi01town says: Aug 21, 2012 3:05 PM

    Why would anybody put 8 in the box against Benson? He only average 2.7 yards per carry… Thats why the Bengales fired him. an now hes in Greenbay Until he go to JAIL in Wisconsin

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