With the trade deadline looming, there has been an increase of talks that have the Green Bay Packers trading for a high profile running back to complete their high powered offensive attack. There is no doubt that if the Packers had an elite running back like Steven Jackson or Darren McFadden, they’d be an unstoppable offensive force. But they don’t have anyone close to that, and Aaron Rodgers is the first guy to tell you the Packers run game isn’t good enough for him.
“Quantity is important – we want to have a certain amount of runs every game to keep them honest,” Rodgers said. “But I have to say the quality of them has not been anywhere where we’d like them. … We’ve got to run the ball better.”
The Packers may have gotten away with driving behind Rodgers arm last year, but this year defenses have figured out the Packers are a one dimensional team on offense, even if the one dimension is as insanely good as it is. On Sunday the Packers totaled just 66 yards on the ground on 26 carries. The team brought in Cedric Benson in the offseason to try and clamp the bleeding at running back, but the former Bears back only lasted until Green Bay’s game against the Colts and is now on IR.
Despite the whirl of trade rumors putting a top tier back in Green Bay, head coach Mike McCarthy has said that Alex Green is his guy and that he’ll continue to try and work him into the offense as best he can. Green averaged 2.9 yards per carry in Sunday’s win, so if you’re betting on the Packers running game to get better, I wouldn’t.