Packers would like to add another running back

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The big focus in the aftermath of the Packers’ side of their 30-16 loss to the Cowboys has been on the play of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who had a couple of turnovers and missed several passes over the course of the afternoon.

Rodgers’ play has been a discussion point stretching back into last season and coach Mike McCarthy has faced plenty of questions about what the team needs to do in order to get things flowing again. Sunday brought more of those questions and one of McCarthy’s answers focused on the run game being the best way to make a quarterback successful.

The problem for the Packers is that Eddie Lacy is dealing with an ankle injury and James Starks is out for a while after having knee surgery on Sunday. That led to wideouts Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb getting work out of the backfield, something McCarthy would like to avoid by adding help at the position but says they may not be able to given the ripple effect on the rest of the roster.

“Well, you definitely want to,” McCarthy said, via ESPN.com. “It just depends on how you want to play the game. How they line up and what they have on the other side of the ball factors into that, too. It’s a long year. If you start making roster moves, it’s just really never one factor that factors other positions. Because, frankly, you have players that you may have to jeopardize putting out there.”

The Packers did that with quarterback Joe Callahan last week and lost him to the Saints on a waiver claim. That further illustrates that there aren’t any perfect solutions to what’s ailing the Packers offense, although an imperfect one would probably do as a way to stop the current bleeding.

58 responses to “Packers would like to add another running back

  1. 50+ year Pack fan here and a frequent defender of the leadership.

    That said, no good excuse for not having a backup RB in the stable, TT.

    On a more important note, I’m depressed that the story is repeating–deja vu. The story: All Star QB gets too big for his britches, loses discipline, becomes uncoachable and more mistake prone. Take about receivers not good enough or trustworthy (some valid). Mediocre QB rating. A coach named Mike (Sherman or McCarthy) unwilling to confront. Occasional spectacular throws serve as a tease that everything is just fine. Prima donnas are bad enough, but poor performing ones are unjustifiable.

    Rodgers of 2015-16 has become Favre of 1999-2006.

    I was with AR until his classless “I only do stupid drills to make the coaches happy” comment recently. Hmmm…that was a turnover prevention drill. Don’t need that Mr. Rodgers? When AR decides to coached again, he has plenty of good football in him. Until then, he’s stealing $.

  2. Offense hasn’t been the same since Joe philbin left. I think McCarthy’s offense has become predictable and stale. New coordinator, New look on offense would help. Too much talent to play that badly

  3. He missed 11 passes out of 42 attempts. I suppose that’s several, but 71% completion percentage was his highest in a long time.

    Rodgers has a lot of issues going on right now, but yesterday completion percentage was not one.

  4. packfan66 says:

    Offense hasn’t been the same since Joe philbin left. I think McCarthy’s offense has become predictable and stale. New coordinator, New look on offense would help. Too much talent to play that badly

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    I’ve said McCarthy is a terrible coach for years now so I agree. But, at the end of the day, your QB has to hit wide open receivers and for some reason Rodgers’ ability to do that has come to an abrupt end.

  5. Viking fans madly refreshing PFT in search of GB threads to pollute.

    Embarassing.

    GB should have another RB on hand. Not sure what they are thinking.

  6. Bad move by the team and I’m a big supporter. We have 7 Wr’s and we’re worried about losing number 7 who does nothing really. At what point do you pull your head out of your rectum and decide……….hey that guy over there isn’t playing lets cut him for a guy that we could actually use. Get a RB Cobb and Monty are not the answer behind Lacy. Stupid is plain stupid in this case.

  7. Rodgers got like 1200 on his SAT’s. He’s smart enough to learn a new offense. You cannot keep trotting out a glorified variation of Bill Walsh’s offense from the 80’s and have Rodgers outplay the blemishes. He needs one more reinvention before he goes out to pasture if you want multiple rings

  8. Fans who are panicking, need to get a grip. It’s one game, it’s a long season, let’s see who’s left standing at the end.

    You have to stay even keeled and avoid histrionics…like I heard PA today said on his radio “show” that he couldn’t find the Vikes first loss. Don’t worry, I’m sure they’ll find it soon enough along with quite a few others.

  9. Rodgers has a lot of issues going on right now, but yesterday completion percentage was not one.

    Completion percentage certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. Rodgers is ranked 27th in the league in yards per attempt at around 6.5 and his air yards per attempt are around 4.25. He might be completely a high percentage but they’ll all short throws, screens and check downs. He’s been a notorious check down QB his whole career but he used to connect on deep passes that kept the defense honest and opened up the underneath. Now, defenses seem content challenging him to connect on the deep ball and rallying underneath to stop the short stuff.

  10. deacon42 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 4:09 PM

    He missed 11 passes out of 42 attempts. I suppose that’s several, but 71% completion percentage was his highest in a long time.

    Rodgers has a lot of issues going on right now, but yesterday completion percentage was not one.

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    Allot of bad luck and bad plays at crucial times added to the downfall yesterday. He did throw the ball better but only after making some other piss poor throws and mistakes. As someone else posted he’s got allot of Brett Favre in him and is starting to pick his favorites. He’ll get this sorted out when someone tells him the honest truth. If he wants to be up there with the Brady’s and Mannings he needs to be honest and look at himself. That or chat like Manning:)

  11. tjacks7 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 4:18 PM
    Rodgers has a lot of issues going on right now, but yesterday completion percentage was not one.

    Completion percentage certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. Rodgers is ranked 27th in the league in yards per attempt at around 6.5 and his air yards per attempt are around 4.25. He might be completely a high percentage but they’ll all short throws, screens and check downs. He’s been a notorious check down QB his whole career but he used to connect on deep passes that kept the defense honest and opened up the underneath. Now, defenses seem content challenging him to connect on the deep ball and rallying underneath to stop the short stuff.

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    MIN fans are infatuated with AR because they wish he was a Viking these past 10 years. It is beyond obvious.

    Envy is basically love.

  12. If they practiced making real plays instead of trying to get free ones by drawing defenses offsides, catching 12 defenders on the field, drawing defensive PI’s, etc., they’d have a chance. That is literally part of their game plan.

    When the gimmicks don’t work they lose. Simple fix for that is to start playing to win instead of constantly looking for a handout from the zebras.

  13. Cody – nothing is wrong with Lacy, the dude is averaging 5 yards/carry but only gets 15 touches for unknown reasons. He’s been the best player on offense and it’s not even close.

    Carl – You are delusional. It’s not one game, it’s been an entire calendar year of poor play from AR.

    I’m only a fan so what do I know but I’ve noticed teams are no longer blitzing the Packers. They are content sending 4 (and even those rushers don’t really rush but make sure AR stays in the pocket) and leaving 7 back in coverage daring Rodgers to beat them. The Packers need to pound the 5 yard/carry Lacy has been this year until teams put 8 in the box and start blitzing again. Just my two cents.

  14. No need to stop the current bleeding. Aaron is all we need. We are a passing team, but Aaron can run for us, too. With or without the ball.

  15. Carl Gerbschmidt says:

    Fans who are panicking, need to get a grip. It’s one game, it’s a long season, let’s see who’s left standing at the end.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    It’s not just one game. It’s been going on for a year now.

    It’s so obvious that something is wrong that many intelligent Packer fans are now openly talking about it.

    I think those are are the true Packer fans, not the blind fanatics (this is where you need to look in the mirror Carl)…

  16. jacks7 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 4:18 PM

    Rodgers has a lot of issues going on right now, but yesterday completion percentage was not one.

    Completion percentage certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. Rodgers is ranked 27th in the league in yards per attempt at around 6.5 and his air yards per attempt are around 4.25. He might be completely a high percentage but they’ll all short throws, screens and check downs. He’s been a notorious check down QB his whole career but he used to connect on deep passes that kept the defense honest and opened up the underneath. Now, defenses seem content challenging him to connect on the deep ball and rallying underneath to stop the short stuff.

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    Clearly you’re no fan of AROD check down passer ha. He’s lead the NFL in yards per attempt a few years running do your homework. If you want the check down wizard that Bree’s or Manning. AROD is a vertical passer until recently.

  17. tritz32 says:

    Cody – nothing is wrong with Lacy, the dude is averaging 5 yards/carry but only gets 15 touches for unknown reasons. He’s been the best player on offense and it’s not even close.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Lacy only gets 15 touches because that is all he can handle in his present condition (not in shape, bad ankle).

    Listening to your game on the drive home from Madison, WI – the announcers were commenting about Lacy taking himself out of the game after some of his carries.

  18. MIN fans are infatuated with AR because they wish he was a Viking these past 10 years. It is beyond obvious.

    Envy is basically love.

    Vikings have one, and more than likely two, QBs better than Rodgers is playing right now with much brighter futures. As predicted all off-season, the end is here and I’m enjoying it.

  19. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Oct 17, 2016 4:13 PM

    Fans who are panicking, need to get a grip. It’s one game, it’s a long season, let’s see who’s left standing at the end.

    You have to stay even keeled and avoid histrionics…like I heard PA today said on his radio “show” that he couldn’t find the Vikes first loss. Don’t worry, I’m sure they’ll find it soon enough along with quite a few others.
    _____

    If I were you, I wouldn’t be concerned with the Vikings’ schedule. I’d be concerned with beating the Bears.

  20. They’d like to, but Thompson is too cheap to get one. Do you think he would trade a high draft pick for one worth having? Not on your life, he will find some dregs out on the street and hope it works.

  21. Clearly you’re no fan of AROD check down passer ha. He’s lead the NFL in yards per attempt a few years running do your homework. If you want the check down wizard that Bree’s or Manning. AROD is a vertical passer until recently.

    Rodgers is a certified check down passer. Always has been, always will be. I never said he couldn’t throw the deep ball. I said he used to connect on it which kept defenses honest since they had to respect it. Rodgers used to be elite because he was accurate, threw to the open man, and let players make plays after the catch while minimizing his turnovers thanks to never forcing the ball.

    That Rodgers has been missing for about 16 games now…

  22. GTO – Go look at how he was playing before the ankle injury. Dude was a stud in games 1-3 and a complete monster in the 1st half of game 4. He didn’t get a carry for 8 minutes to close the 1st half of that game. Got injured in the 2nd half.

    Your reasoning doesn’t hold water. He should have been getting 20+ carries all year.

  23. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Oct 17, 2016 4:42 PM
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    If I were you, I wouldn’t be concerned with the Vikings’ schedule. I’d be concerned with beating the Bears.
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    Thank you, ITWT. I literally laughed out loud at that one.

  24. packrule says:

    Clearly you’re no fan of AROD check down passer ha. He’s lead the NFL in yards per attempt a few years running do your homework. If you want the check down wizard that Bree’s or Manning. AROD is a vertical passer until recently.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Last 5 seasons:

    2016 – Rodgers 6.5, Brees 7.7
    2015 – Rodgers 6.7, Manning 6.8, Brees 7.8
    2014 – tied with Kirk Cousins with 8.4, Manning 7.9 and Brees 7.5
    2013 – Rodgers injured, Manning 8.3, Brees 7.9
    2012 – Rodgers 7.8, Manning 8, Brees 7.7

    Rodger wasn’t as good as you think – definitely not much difference between Rodgers/Manning/Brees.

  25. My Packers don’t need another RB to lose to the Bears. We can do that with who we have now.
    But where’s Frank to tell us different with something new and original and funny? He’s always good to throw his own team under the bus for the sake of our Packers.

  26. Hopefully for viking fans, they can improve in their 19-27 playoff record. it’s one of the worst ones in football. 0-4 in super bowls is pretty lousy as well.

    toodlez

    -The only stat that matters is a championship.

  27. senxic says:

    MIN fans are infatuated with AR because they wish he was a Viking these past 10 years. It is beyond obvious.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    We’re not infatuated. We’re laughing at you… 😀

    It’s beyond obvious that the Vikings have not just one, not just two, but three QB’s that are producing at a higher level than Rodgers has since the end of the 2014 season.

  28. @tjacks7

    I’ve said McCarthy is a terrible coach for years now so I agree. But, at the end of the day, your QB has to hit wide open receivers and for some reason Rodgers’ ability to do that has come to an abrupt end.

    I agree with you 100%.

  29. You can’t fix stupid.You run out of healthy running backs in week 6 because you only carry 2 on the roster.Vince would say
    “what the hell is going on up there in Green Bay”.Maybe there is a reason Rodgers looks frustrated, and it has nothing to do with what is happening on the field.

  30. Wasn’t Lassy supposed to be the next AP? What happened here, not an every down back? I thought he was supposed to be the best back in the league?

  31. Folks just need to r-e-l-a-x like Rogers said. Oh that is right he has not said that this year. Humm.

    Just remember you can put your faith in Rogers, after all he is the 3rd best starting QB in the NFC North.

  32. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Oct 17, 2016 5:02 PM
    My Packers don’t need another RB to lose to the Bears. We can do that with who we have now.
    But where’s Frank to tell us different with something new and original and funny? He’s always good to throw his own team under the bus for the sake of our Packers.
    ===================================
    Really? When did that occur?

    I understand that the purpose of saying Rodgers’ is a check-down QB is to get under the skin of Packers’ fans, but the fact is that he isn’t. Neither are/were Brees or Manning, as one commenter said.

    Additionally, Yards Per Attempt is useless in determining whether or not a QB is a check down passer.

  33. It’s quite obvious that Rodgers is not having fun right now. He’s been covering up McCarthy’s uninspired game-planning for years now, but apparently that’s not enough anymore. We need a whole new coaching staff, and we need it as soon as the season is over (probably with another playoff game where we get thoroughly outcoached). McCarthy and Capers are getting exposed every single game: put a stop to the madness, Ted.

  34. usdcoyotesfan says:

    Defenses have figured out the Packers’ offense, and McCarthy is too stubborn to adapt.
    ^^^

    That, and Rodgers has become a baker whose specialty is turnovers…. 😀

  35. Are they hard decisions? Yes, but we need another RB, so go ahead and decide who needs to go. The RB need is NOW and if you lose a different good player, that’s just the price of doing business. Come on, man!

  36. Is it McCarthy’s fault that Erin has been throwing terrible passes?

    I’d say the Packers should keep McCarthy around for a couple more decades. At least.

  37. “Vikings have one, and more than likely two, QBs better than Rodgers is playing right now with much brighter futures. As predicted all off-season, the end is here and I’m enjoying it.”

    I bet the Vikings would trade Bradford or Teddy for Rodgers in a heartbeat, even if they had to add a high draft pick to do it.

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