Mike McCarthy says Packers will go running back by committee

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Don’t expect any one running back to carry the load in Green Bay this season.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the demands of the position are such that running backs Jamaal Williams, Ty Montgomery, and Aaron Jones will all be better off if none of them get too many carries.

“The fact of the matter is we’re going to go running back by committee,” McCarthy told ESPN. “But if one of them would emerge as that full-time guy then you have to have that ability to . . . adjust to that. As far as planning and going into the season, that’s why we’re going about it that way. We feel like we’ve got three guys that have all done it, but they haven’t done it over a long period of time, so I think it’s just practical thinking from that position and realizing that it’s a very demanding position.”

Williams led the team with 556 rushing yards, Jones was next with 448 and Montgomery had 273. It sounds like McCarthy would be satisfied with that kind of split again this year, which means all of the Packers’ running backs will get plenty of playing time, but none will finish the season with big numbers.

68 responses to “Mike McCarthy says Packers will go running back by committee

  1. This is not an issue of coaching strategy, it’s an issue of roster composition. Again, people keep blaming Mike for this back by committee strategy. What is he supposed to do? He doesn’t have a clear cut #1 back on the roster. He has to work with what he has. And right now he has three backs that are all slightly above average. If there’s no standout at RB then you have to factor in current player health and how each matches up to the opponent every week. Some comments are so stupid.

  2. joker65 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 1:23 pm
    McCarthy has wasted Rodgers talent.

    ——–

    Yeah, all those playoff appearances and that Super Bowl win was totally a waste for Rodgers. Admittedly, the team should have been built more around him and he probably should have at least one more ring, but to say the Packers wasted his talent is absurd.

    Ariani making a troll response in 3… 2… 1…

  3. Nice to have 4 RB’s that can play and well.

    The pecking order as of now is:

    Aaron Jones-Feature back

    Jamaal Williams-Bruiser

    Ty Montgomery-3rd down back with elite RB recieving skills

    Devante Mays- Has all the skills just needs to show he deserves playing time in a deep RB group.

    Good luck stopping this offense this season😃

  4. It will probably be quarterback by committee after Rodgers gets planted into the ground again this year.

  5. LOL when I saw Aaron Jones my eyes read Aaron Rogers. And I thought that’s a stupid move. We all know Rogers is as fragile as glass.

  6. Aaron Jones is every bit a #1 RB but had troubles staying healthy last season, which is why they will use a committee approach. He outperformed Dalvin Cook with roughly the same amount of touches last year, he had more explosive runs and a higher YPC.

    Cook tore his ACL in yet another non contact injury for the Vikings. At least Jones hurt his MCL twice getting hit by the defense.

  7. firerogergoodellnow says:
    June 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm
    The old saying out there is if you have two quarterbacks, you have none.

    What about three running backs?
    ——————————————————–
    Blount, Ajayi, Clement had a lombardi luster to it!

  8. Football is a lot more enjoyable when you don’t play fantasy… walked away last year after 20 years of playing. No regrets.

  9. Looking forward to some good battles now the Rodgers is back. Its Minnesota or Green Bay’s division to lose.

  10. We all know Rogers is as fragile as glass.
    ——
    Dude’s been playing since 2008 and has missed a total of about 18 games. How many qb’s has your team started during that time genius?

  11. joker65 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    McCarthy has wasted Rodgers talent.

    Amen.

    Can’t believe he still has a job

  12. RB by committee and/or good depth at RB has served GB well, by example and especially in their most recent championship years:

    1996: Edgar Bennett and Dorsey Levens
    2010: James Starks in run through the playoffs
    2017 awaits……

  13. philcodean says:
    June 18, 2018 at 3:08 pm
    RB by committee and/or good depth at RB has served GB well, by example and especially in their most recent championship years:

    1996: Edgar Bennett and Dorsey Levens
    2010: James Starks in run through the playoffs
    2017 awaits……

    UMMMM, pretty sure 2017 is over everywhere but apparently Wisconsin

  14. The fact of the matter was last year, two of the three couldn’t stay healthy so it became a RB by committee approach out of necessity.

    Of the three, Jones is by far the best player but when you have Aaron Rodgers, establishing a running game is not as important.

  15. Almost every team uses a running back by committee approach. These days, you’d better have three good running backs so you don’t run one guy into the ground and you have depth in case of injuries. Glen Mason always said about running backs that you need a pair and a spare.

  16. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    Almost every team uses a running back by committee approach. These days, you’d better have three good running backs
    >>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<
    Viking trolls don't understand that. Go figure.

  17. This Vikings fan sincerely hopes Mike McCarthy gets a 10 year extension.

    Maybe 15 years.

    Heck give him 20.

  18. McCarthy is only partly responsible for wasting Rodgers’ talent. There’s plenty of blame for Ted Thompson and the man who failed to fire him, namely, Mark Murphy.

  19. Vikings fans make me laugh.

    I still haven’t seen the Vikings win anything of consequence.

    I mean, it took a miracle to win a playoff game, and the next game showed they didn’t belong.

  20. pkrlvr says:
    June 18, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    We all know Rogers is as fragile as glass.
    ——
    Dude’s been playing since 2008 and has missed a total of about 18 games. How many qb’s has your team started during that time genius?
    ———————————————————————————
    Actually since 2013, 5 different Qbs have started a game for the pack, only 2 less then the vikes and missing 18 games in his starting years plus breaking his foot while backing up Favre isnt exactly a state of invincibility as well.

  21. Yes missing 18 games in almost 10 years is really bad.

    You are right the Vikings have had so much more reliable QB play than the Packers over the last 30 years👍

    How a thread on Packers RB’s shifts to Vikings fans insecurities about QB play is beyond me😄

  22. contra74 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 4:10 pm
    This Vikings fan sincerely hopes Mike McCarthy gets a 10 year extension.
    Maybe 15 years.
    Heck give him 20.

    He’s won 1 more Super Bowl than literally every single Vikings coach.

    Combined.

  23. Lutefiskisfattening says:
    June 18, 2018 at 4:52 pm
    contra74 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 4:10 pm
    This Vikings fan sincerely hopes Mike McCarthy gets a 10 year extension.
    Maybe 15 years.
    Heck give him 20.

    He’s won 1 more Super Bowl than literally every single Vikings coach.

    Combined.
    —–
    Aaron Rodgers did…McCarthy sat back and spoke into an unplugged headset all season long while staring at an Applebees menu disguised as a playsheet.

  24. contra74 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 5:26 pm
    Lutefiskisfattening says:
    June 18, 2018 at 4:52 pm
    contra74 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 4:10 pm
    This Vikings fan sincerely hopes Mike McCarthy gets a 10 year extension.
    Maybe 15 years.
    Heck give him 20.

    He’s won 1 more Super Bowl than literally every single Vikings coach.
    Combined.
    —–
    Aaron Rodgers did…McCarthy sat back and spoke into an unplugged headset all season long while staring at an Applebees menu disguised as a playsheet.

    Hmmm… it’s a team sport with a full coaching staff. Everyone gets credit for their effort.

    The Vikings just haven’t had a team that could get that far.

    My theory is that they haven’t won it all because they’re fans are jackwagons.

  25. Lutefiskisfattening says:
    June 18, 2018 at 4:39 pm
    Vikings fans make me laugh.

    I still haven’t seen the Vikings win anything of consequence.

    I mean, it took a miracle to win a playoff game, and the next game showed they didn’t belong

    ///////////////////////

    And the packers watched both games from their sofas.

  26. contra74 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 5:26 pm
    Lutefiskisfattening says:
    June 18, 2018 at 4:52 pm
    contra74 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 4:10 pm
    This Vikings fan sincerely hopes Mike McCarthy gets a 10 year extension.
    Maybe 15 years.
    Heck give him 20.

    He’s won 1 more Super Bowl than literally every single Vikings coach.

    Combined.
    —–
    Aaron Rodgers did…McCarthy sat back and spoke into an unplugged headset all season long while staring at an Applebees menu disguised as a playsheet.
    ___________________

    Wait, I thought that was Denny Green.
    Ain’t that why the Vikings are honoring him?
    I mean, with the exception about winning the Super Bowl.

  27. And the packers watched both games from their sofas.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Did you enjoy those 4 Super Bowls the Packers won? 57 years and nada for you guys.

  28. The Vikings have never won a Super Bowl so Vikings fans can not laugh and poke fun of the current Packer’s ineptitude?

    It’s very hard to follow cheese eater’s logic sometimes.

    #ontheroadto14 #inJuly

  29. flviking says:
    June 18, 2018 at 5:33 pm
    And the packers watched both games from their sofas.
    /////////////////////////////////

    …………with as much affect on the game as the Viking players had.

  30. Yeah, all those playoff appearances and that Super Bowl win was totally a waste for Rodgers. Admittedly, the team should have been built more around him and he probably should have at least one more ring, but to say the Packers wasted his talent is absurd.

    ———

    Lol! Sorry, They have squandered one of the
    All time greats at his position. Should have had 1-2 more Super Bowl appearances at least. Not saying wins but ONE appearance in 10+ years is pretty lame considering how good the guy is.

  31. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    June 18, 2018 at 3:20 pm
    philcodean says:
    June 18, 2018 at 3:08 pm
    RB by committee and/or good depth at RB has served GB well, by example and especially in their most recent championship years:

    1996: Edgar Bennett and Dorsey Levens
    2010: James Starks in run through the playoffs
    2017 awaits……

    UMMMM, pretty sure 2017 is over everywhere but apparently Wisconsin
    >>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    Dang…..got me there………definitely a Monday for me, even if I am calendar-challenged. It is Monday, right?

  32. stellarperformance says:
    June 18, 2018 at 6:50 pm
    flviking says:
    June 18, 2018 at 5:33 pm
    And the packers watched both games from their sofas.
    /////////////////////////////////

    …………with as much affect on the game as the Viking players had

    ///////////////////////

    Wow, that is disappointing, you can do much better than that, even your patented “wide left” would have been better.

  33. scoops1 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 1:46 pm
    Fantsy tip: Don’t draft a Packers RB until the 9th round

    **************************************

    Fantasy tip: Don’t draft a Packers RB.

    Or

    Fantasy tip: Don’t

  34. Patrick Dakota says:
    June 18, 2018 at 2:28 pm
    Looking forward to some good battles now the Rodgers is back. Its Minnesota or Green Bay’s division to lose.

    ———

    More like Packers or Lions division to lose. The Vikings will battle the Bears for 3rd place

  35. joker65 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 1:23 pm
    McCarthy has wasted Rodgers talent.
    ———–

    Maybe. But nearly as much as Bud Grant wasted Fran Tarkenton’s talent.

  36. I realize it’s Gutekunst’s first year there, so he’ll need some time to address this, but it blows my mind how little Ted Thompson valued the running back position. Minus those handful of years from Eddie Lacey, the only real threat the Packers have had at running back in the last two decades was Ahman Green back in the early and mid 2000s. Rodgers, like any QB, could use somebody to help take the pressure off. They’ve always had good backup backs in GB, like James Starks and even the guys they have now (guy who have all had limited success in a handful of games but either gotten injured or werei nneffective afterward), but this whole “run by committee” approach has been tried every year for the last five or six in GB and the results have been mediocre every year. McCarthy has to work with what he’s got, but I would be shocked if they did not try to target a workhorse type back in the upcoming draft.

  37. contra74 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 4:10 pm
    This Vikings fan sincerely hopes Mike McCarthy gets a 10 year extension.

    Maybe 15 years.

    Heck give him 20.
    —————————————————————————–

    Yeah, we can see why you feel that way. In the last 7 years:
    the Vikings have gone further than the Packers into the playoffs once (2017 wo Rodgers)
    Vikings have made the post season three times (Packers six)
    Oh, and then there’s all the Super Bowls the Vikes keep winning with McCarthy in Green Bay

  38. nhpats says:
    June 18, 2018 at 9:46 pm
    Patrick Dakota says:
    June 18, 2018 at 2:28 pm
    Looking forward to some good battles now the Rodgers is back. Its Minnesota or Green Bay’s division to lose.

    ———

    More like Packers or Lions division to lose. The Vikings will battle the Bears for 3rd place

    //////////////////////

    You’re in a safe place, you can tell us. Your wife ran away with a Viking, didn’t she?

  39. beerbratscheese says:
    June 18, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    joker65 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 1:23 pm
    McCarthy has wasted Rodgers talent.
    ———–

    Maybe. But nearly as much as Bud Grant wasted Fran Tarkenton’s talent.
    ____________

    Bud Grant had Fran Tarkenton for seven years, including the last years of his career. They went to three Super Bowls in four years and the best team they had in that run didn’t even make the Super Bowl because of the Hail Mary pushoff. The three teams they lost to were among the best in NFL history. McCarthy has been to one Super Bowl in 10 years with Rodgers, who everyone agrees is top three in NFL history, and it doesn’t look like they’re going to sniff another one anytime soon.

  40. I realize it’s Gutekunst’s first year there, so he’ll need some time to address this, but it blows my mind how little Ted Thompson valued the running back position. Minus those handful of years from Eddie Lacey, the only real threat the Packers have had at running back in the last two decades was Ahman Green back in the early and mid 2000s.
    =====

    Ryan Grant had a VERY nice run. 3400 yards in less than 3 full seasons.

    Lacy should still be the guy here. McCarthy couldn’t motivate him.

  41. aarons444 says:
    June 19, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Lacy should still be the guy here. McCarthy couldn’t motivate him.

    ++++++++

    Dude you blame McCarthy for everything.

    How motivated was Lacy in Seattle last year? Was it McCarthy’s fault that Lacy remained terrible last year too? Why, or why not? It’s Eddie Lacy’s fault that Eddie Lacy isn’t motivated enough to stay away from China food.

  42. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    June 19, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Bud Grant had Fran Tarkenton for seven years, including the last years of his career. They went to three Super Bowls in four years and the best team they had in that run didn’t even make the Super Bowl because of the Hail Mary pushoff. The three teams they lost to were among the best in NFL history. McCarthy has been to one Super Bowl in 10 years with Rodgers, who everyone agrees is top three in NFL history, and it doesn’t look like they’re going to sniff another one anytime soon.
    —————-

    Rodgers has one Super Bowl win Tarkenton has zero. If the Packers are not permitted to have participation trophies, neither are the Vikings, which is perfectly OK with me anyway.

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