Dealing with a multitude of injuries, Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements has had to get creative with his playbook. It’s a playbook that will likely feature the use of more running backs as Clements suggested that the team will ride the ‘hot hand’, which probably isn’t the most encouraging news for Eddie Lacy fans.
Per the Milwaukee Journal:
Lacy has asserted himself as a starter through 97 carries in four straight wins. But signs point to more of a balance than the 29/7 split Sunday night at Minnesota. And as the Packers often say, they’ll be riding the “hot hand.”
“Well, you want to get them both work,” offensive coordinator Tom Clements said Friday. “You don’t want to overload one or the other but if one has the hot hand then you stick with him. So it’s not a set plan as to how that works, but they’re both going to play. The line’s going to block for both of them and we’d anticipate that they’d both be effective.”
Starks had a pretty solid Week 8, which could lead to more carries, though supplanting Lacy isn’t in the cards, obviously.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that if Starks is running the ball well, he’ll give way to Lacy so it’s more of a headache for fantasy football players than actual Green Bay Packers fans.
It also keeps both players fresh, a much needed attribute as the Packers march towards a hopeful postseason appearance.