Packers searching for answer to running woes
GREEN BAY - Pounding it on the ground is not exactly part of the Packers DNA, and with the personnel at wide receiver it is not a surprise.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday however, the team must be able to get it done carrying the football.
"There's a point in every football game I think you need to buckle down and run the ball," he said. "That's a philosophy of mine I feel I've called games that way my whole career."
The offense averaged just 2.5 per carry on 26 attempts against Jacksonville and even if running the ball is not their primary intent, the Packers are tied for second to last in the NFL with 3.7 yards per carry. Which allows defenses to key solely on the pass.
"Frankly, right now we have to do a better job making our 2 or 3 yard runs the 4 or 5 yard runs. And that's a common theme in our offensive meetings," McCarthy said.
"[We just have to] keep pounding at it," said Offensive Tackle Marshall Newhouse. "There's a lot of times on a 3rd and 4th play of a drive they spring one [for a big gain]."
The focus continues to be when the down and distance becomes a short field.
"Short yardage runs are an excellent opportunity for big runs," said McCarthy. "I thought we had excellent opportunities where Alex [Green] was 1 on 1 with the safety. Those are the types of runs you look for."
"I think there are things we have to improve on but we played a pretty solid game," Newhouse said. "It's not always pretty, but we battled and we finished hard."