The Green Bay Packers seem to have a plan for the foreseeable future, and that plan includes playing a style of football head coach Mike McCarthy has been wanting to play for some time.
The Packers are now set up to play some power football, McCarthy-style. I have not seen coach this fired up as he has been for the last two weeks, and I believe part of that is because of his new-found power running game, and also a defensive front seven that has been stifling opposing running offenses.
heMcCarthy has always been considered a passing guru, but could it because he never had the horse (Eddie Lacy) like he does now? Could he all along have wanted to be a power, down-your-throat-type of coach but never had the personnel to do it?
I can’t answer that, but it looks as though he is very excited about the fact that he can run the ball, and like last Sunday, take 7:35 off the clock in the fourth quarter of a tight ball game. Lacy had six carries for 31 yards on that drive that ended with the eventual game-winning field goal. I think that is what McCarthy is excited about.
Lacy has 219 yards rushing in the past two weeks on 23 carries in each game for a (4.7 average). In those games, McCarthy’s run/pass balance was nearly 50/50. However, for those who are thinking Green Bay is switching over to a running team, I would say “No, they are simply adding to.”
Once this thing gets figured out, and both the passing game and the running game get going, and we start getting our players back healthy, this is going to be fun to watch.
It’s a different brand of football coach is asking quarterback Aaron Rodgers to run, and at the perfect time to be running it with injuries to the wide receiver group, the Packers are going to need to fall on the running a game for a stretch.
It also helps the defense by keeping them off the field. Come December and the post-season, putting it all together, there may be a Super Bowl recipe in there somewhere.