Looking at the current Green Bay Packers roster, General Manager Ted Thomas has achieved his goal of becoming a bigger, more physical football team with 27 defensive players.
They also have gotten bigger and more physical on offense. On an NFL football team, one position in particular can change the image of a football team from being – shall we say, less physical than their opponent – into becoming a hard physical team.
That position is running back. Nowhere will ripples run throughout the league more so than if a team like Green Bay can come up with a physical running game to complement an already explosive offense, one led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
With the defense having already gotten bigger, stronger, and more physical, the offense also has gotten more physical, hence the title of this article, “The Big Bang Theory.”
With the addition of a bruising running back like Eddie Lacy, along with a new found commitment to the running game, a back like Lacy can single-handedly change our image into a physical football team, more so than an entire defense could. If he can consistently run close to how he ran against the Rams (eight carries for 40 yards), he alone would change our image in a hurry, sending the rest of the league into a feeling of dread.
Overlook the lost runs he had in the Seattle game and Kansas City games, because with Rodgers in the game, if they play eight man up close to the line of scrimmage, Rodgers will make them pay.
Football is the ultimate team sport, and if Lacy can get those tough yards down at the goal line and in short yardage, that is not only a help to the offense but the defense as well, keeping them off the field by keeping the chains moving.
Another good thing about Lacy is he is a good blocker and getting better in blitz pick-up. John Kuhn did not fare well last season as the third down back, so I see no reason to try him again. I have had enough of third and 1, or fourth and one and Kuhn getting stuffed for a loss. Give the ball to Lacy.
Lacy can be the three-down back – so let him.