Running back James Starks rushes against Tennessee Titans middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard during the first half at LP Field. Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Can Sam Gash elevate Green Bay Packers' run game to elite status?

After watching the Green Bay Packers preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans last week something just seemed different.

No, it wasn’t the weather, or the fact that football hasn’t been around for a few months.

What was seen, however, through the proverbial monsoon was a Packers running game that seemed to have a different edge than years past.

Sam Gash was never known to be one of the more popular running backs in the game throughout his career. The fullback position in general was never really considered a sexy position period. But while Gash’s play was underrated more often than not, he made plays when his team needed him to, picking up a key block while pass protecting, or plowing the way for the tailback.

I’ll admit it could be just me, but it seemed as if James Starks ran the ball differently Saturday than we’ve been used to seeing.

I’ll admit it could be just me, but it seemed as if James Starks ran the ball differently Saturday than we’ve been used to seeing.

I saw the same back that came out of completely nowhere to lead us to our fourth Super Bowl title a few years back. It was impressive to say the least with the sense of vision with which Starks (and DuJuan Harris) ran.

Patience seemed to be in play as well as if all the backs purposely waited for a seam to develop before hitting the cutback with full force downhill against the grain.

It will be interesting to watch Eddie Lacy run the ball under new coach Sam Gash for the first time Saturday at St. Louis.

So this ultimately does beg the question as to whether or not Gash can elevate this group of backs to the same status as the passing game.

This particular group of backs would seem to resemble that of Gash himself when he played compared to a smaller, quicker Reggie Bush-type in Detroit.

Gash has already been quoted as comparing Eddie Lacy to a Jamal Lewis-type back.

An elite running game will only make Rodgers and company that much more lethal.

Here’s to hoping Gash can pull it off.

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