Packers XLV

I Would Do It.

Posted October 30th, 2012 @ 09:10pm

The NFL trade deadline is rapidly approaching. This is usually as exciting as watching Graham Harrell take snaps with the #1 offense, but since the deadline has been extended it has become the topic du jour.

Will the Packers look to add a proven veteran to their backfield? The Benson pick up was paying dividends until the injury. If Ted Thompson believes Benson will be healthy by December, he'll probably hope that Green and Starks can handle things for the next month. But what if there are real concerns about Benson's foot?

Would he consider trading for the Rams' Steven Jackson? There are many reasons you'd say 'no way.' For one thing, it's not Ted Thompson's style to trade a pick for a rental player, not to mention a running back with lots of wear on his tires. Jackson is due nearly $4 million for the back half of the season--that ain't cheap.

But he's available, probably for a #4 or a #5. And he's a guy Thompson has always liked a lot. I have too. He's been a favorite of mine since he entered the league from Oregon State. I love the way he competes. He's been a one-trick pony for the Rams for years and never complained. Always went about his business. I think he would inject some serious life into the running game. Some of you believe the line is to blame, but I think you would see an entirely different offense with #39 behind Rodgers.

That said, I don't think Thompson will pull the trigger. A few years ago when Marshawn Lynch was available the Packers were in play but the cost seemed a bit exorbitant. Lynch is now a top five back in the NFL. Imagine the Pack attack if he were part of this offense. I'm not suggesting Jackson has the juice that Lynch does, but for the back half of the season, with three late season games at Lambeau and one in Chicago, I think the Pack would be much scarier with Jackson running the football in likely difficult conditions.

Not to mention what it would mean to the defense to have some more extended run-controlled drives and give them a bit more time on the sidelines.

I would part with a weekend pick and roll the dice.

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Comments (10):

What good is Jackson or anyone else when you run the ball about 3 times a game? Seriously......

on November 1st, 2012 at 07:12am

Davy: One thought sums up your article: "I AGREE 100% percent, even 1000% if thats higher." But...unfortunately this is a mirror image of the Marshan Lynch and Tony Gonzalez situations of the near past. By all reports then we could have gotton both at slightly different times....but TT loves his draft choices too much. Think what the offense would be like with those two guys( I know Gonzalez is not what he was) but his hands and running ability compared to Finley and Lynch's running and receiving would have been dynamic. Steven Jackson is a good fit...oh...to be TT for a day!! GO PACK GO !!

on October 30th, 2012 at 06:44pm

It depends on whether Thompson and McCarthy see a window of opportunity for a Super Bowl now, which a deal for Jackson could complete, or if they feel this team still has more time to make it multiple Super Bowls and want to keep building for that future. If they feel this season is the one to get another Lombardi Trophy won trading for Jackson would make sense. They seem to have felt that way with the Benson signing; although his injury may make them wary of going to that kind of a well again. The Packers have so many young, talented and promising players on their roster now to give a little on one year's draft may not be such an expensive proposition.

on October 30th, 2012 at 07:29pm

LDF nailed it...if the O line can make the holes, Green is the guy - end of story. That is, unless there's another Samkon Gado out there.

on October 31st, 2012 at 03:26pm

I was writing a whole long thing down about the Cards game and I just said screw it. The Pack will Pick their heads up, flex their muscle, and crush the Cards. I'm going to be bold, the offense is going to win this game and it won't be in doubt after the first quarter. 35 to 13 Packers That's my Analysis, my prediction, my gut check, and my mental state. Everybody say, "Shhhhhh."

on October 31st, 2012 at 04:38pm

Interesting....The Pack is 8 million dollars under the salary cap....if TT will not use that or part of that for a RB you know Rodgers and Claymaker will get it in extensions. I don't agree with some of my friends on here to pass on a running back. Here's a history lesson...TT could have had Marshan Lynch for a 3rd round draft choice....but he held out 2 years ago and only offered a 4th. Do you know who that 3rd round pick he had to keep was used on??....Alex Green!! I ask you...."Would you really want Alex Green over the now 26 year old Marshan Lynch?? Even when you are building a dynasty you have to aquire from the outside at times. The time is right !! GO PACK GO !!

on October 31st, 2012 at 06:22pm

I'll keep this short and sweet...there are no quick fixes. The road to success is not paved with instant gratification. If a trade like what everyone has been discussing here goes down, the Pack will be paying for it now, AND paying for it later. This Thursday, vote "NO" for this trade.

on October 31st, 2012 at 08:06pm

Would we be seriously talking about this if we hadn't played so poorly against Jacksonville? If our receiving corp wasn't dinged up, if we had lit them up? Yeah, we'd be talking a little, but we would know that answer. The answer is the same. We've got a winnable game on Sunday, then a bye week. They are betting they can stretch themselves out long enough for all these playmakers to get back for a final run. It either works and they are brilliant or it doesn't and they still have the assets they didn't trade away to try again. Personally, I expect the Pack to play much better on Sunday. And... if they were to go after someone (in the dream world that it would happen) I would rather see Mark Ingram or someone that we could have for three plus years, since hitting on a running back isn't our strong suite.

on October 31st, 2012 at 09:34am

Let me follow the thinking here: In off-season: Pack decide we don't need Grant because he's over-the-hill or just not explosive or whatever. Pack decide we will be fine with Starks as lead back, Green as 3rd down/screen guy and Saine as developmental kind of guy. I trust Ted and MM with that decision and feel okay but certainly not excited about our running game. Fast forward to preseason: Starks gets hurt and Pack add Benson. Benson becomes lead back and our running game looks as good as it has since Ahman Green was toting the rock and it truly felt like we were developing a running threat to keep defenses honest. Benson averaging 3.5 yards per carry in his 4 games against teams ranked 7, 1, 5, 31 against the run. I am excited by what could be. Fast forward to early October: Benson gets hurt, Starks not ready to return and Alex becomes lead back. I am curious to see how Alex will do since I remember he put up big numbers in college but that it was in a spread offense working in space but not really 20 carries-a-game behind a line kind of thing. He averages 2.5 yards per carry in his 3 games since becoming starter against teams ranked 4, 14, 25 against run. Alex is gaining a full yard less per carry behind the exact same offensive line that Cedric was running behind! Okay, maybe Saturday is farther "over the hill" than Teddy thought, but Bulaga, Sitton and Lang are the real deal, aren't they? I am not suggesting throwing Alex Green on the trash heap. Hopefully, he has a future with the packers but maybe it is as a 3rd down back; a Brandon Jackson kind of guy. Regardless, I think the experiment with Alex as the lead back needs to end. I for one have seen enough. Either give Starks another try (that is what Teddy and MM were planning at the start of the year and I am still confused as to why he is not getting a chance now) or trade for somebody. If we don't, our season rests on the hope that Cedric Benson returns healthy for our late season push because there is no way we are winning playoff games with the running game we have now.

on October 31st, 2012 at 11:04pm

I see Dave u didn't read my post or the article i sent to u. about the line and saurday. I don't care if u put foster back there if u can't run block, do u guys replay the game and watch the blocking? I don't think so. your getting so much time around P.A. Dave, your starting to talk and want to build a team like the queens do, and try and buy one. maybe that is why u picked a blowout last week, get away from paul allen, he is hurting your judgement. I agree 100% with lynndickyfan, we just need to block and do more screens and draws and we will be fine. starks may surprise u all this week. If they do that this week, we should win 24-13 this week .go packers

on October 31st, 2012 at 12:01pm

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