Which running back will carry the load for Green Bay in 2012-13?


A 1,000 yard back isn’t as valued as he used to be. The days of being able to turn around when you needed a yard, and know you were going to get it, are gone – especially of late in Green Bay.

Is Ryan Grant over the hill? Can James Starks be an every down back in the NFL? Does Ted Thompson need to go out in the draft AGAIN and find someone, or is the ACL in Alex Green’s knee, a knee that was repaired back in November, going to allow him to be the punishing runner Green Bay picked last season?

The real question is, what does Green Bay do at running back next season?

The thought in drafting Green was that he would eventually fold into Mike McCarthy’s offensive scheme. He flashed some of the reason he came so highly touted out of Hawaii in the pre-season, but in week seven was sent to the IR, keeping Packers’ Nation wondering what direction the position was going to go.

It’s obvious that if Green Bay wants to make it back to the post season, they can do it on the arm of Aaron Rodgers and a few tweaks defensively. But not having that “big play” presence standing behind the All-Pro QB will, and has, allowed teams to lock down on the corners, bump our receivers and beat up Rodgers in the pocket when open WR’s are scarce.

So what are your thoughts?

What direction should Green Bay go at running back in 2012?

  • Go out and get SOMEBODY (42%, 11 Votes)
  • Hope Starks can hold up (31%, 8 Votes)
  • Give Green the "green" light (27%, 7 Votes)
  • Give Grant one more shot (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 26

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