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Upgrade at RB Essential if Packers Have Super Bowl Dreams

Posted September 21st, 2010 @ 04:09pm

I get it, it was just the first week in this Ryan Grant-less season. But I came away from the Bills game with this gnawing feeling that the Pack won't get where they want to unless they find an upgrade at running back.

Against the Bills' mediocre run defense, Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn averaged three yards per carry. I'll give this group a couple more weeks to get comfortable and show us what they've got, but I'd feel a whole lot better if Ted Thompson could find a trade partner that would provide a quicker, shiftier back with a bit of home run potential. They're out there--and as teams fall out of playoff contention, there will be a few available come trading deadline, at a reasonable draft price. We also may get a chance to see sixth round pick James Starks in the second half of the season, but something tells me he's a guy who can't stay healthy.

I was a bit surprised that Philbin and McCarthy used Kuhn as liberally as they did. It felt like Jackson didn't stay in long enough to get any kind of rhythm going. I hope they change tactics a bit against the Bears and gives him a series or two to get a feel for the game--and use Kuhn on third downs only.

As I've said before, the identity of this offense is and always will be the passing game. But with three late season games at Lambeau, and hopefully a home playoff game or two, the offense will need to move the ball on the ground, or at least to keep opposing defenses honest. A little more depth at the RB position would provide some insurance that the Pack's offense doesn't find itself grounded in December and January.

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on May 20th, 2012 at 04:26am

I just read on an NFL.com blog that the Packers and the Bills are actually considering a rare player for player trade. Hawk for Lynch. Altho I like Hawk and he is a solid enough player, everyone knows he hasn't lived up to expectations. I WANT LYNCH! Our running game is just not enough of a threat as is. I guess A-Rodge wants him too! (they played together, right?) Wasn't the Pack thinking of drafting him? A fresh start for Lynch and a promising upside of a deal for the Packers.

on September 21st, 2010 at 04:24pm

Heard about the trade too, but I just dont think Ted ever wants to make player trades.... We do need a good "quick" running back please dont say Larry Johnson.... on a better know I heard Matthews will be named NFC defensive player of the week....

on September 21st, 2010 at 06:14pm

The Packers typically run 18-23 running plays per game. McCarthy uses it to set up the pass, not for November and December. The Colts & Patriots have won Super Bowls without any kind of running attack…the Packers can too. While we all thought Jackson is the guy, it was clear on Sunday Kuhn is the better fit a RB. Kuhn had over 900 rushing attempts in college, so you know he can run the ball. Jackson is a much better fit for their passing personnel packages. Let’s not get caught up in the RB situation. The more concerning is the D-line with Jolly & Harrell out and Neal nursing an injury. Any more losses there and we’re in trouble.

on September 21st, 2010 at 10:43pm

tt will never trade to upgrade this team look how he blew it during the off season ex ample chestertayor or juisuis pepper type of player

on September 22nd, 2010 at 09:39am

tt.will not to upgrade the packers with players like ron wolf did

on September 22nd, 2010 at 09:42am

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