Lost in the malaise surrounding the Green Bay Packers’ injury report last week was this nugget — pretty much everyone in the organization is pissed general manager Ted Thompson failed to acquire running back Marshawn Lynch from the Buffalo Bills.
Lynch was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a fourth-round pick in 2011 and a conditional late-round pick in 2012.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that players, coaches, and scouts were upset with the failure of G.M. Ted Thompson to get the deal done.
Mort says that the Packers coveted Lynch in the 2007 draft, when he was the 12th overall pick, four spots before the Packers selected defensive tackle Justin Harrell.
While it’s not surprising Thompson didn’t make the move, it is surprising he heard about it from inside the organization. Then again, Thompson’s do nothing in free agency and on the trade market philosophy has frustrated just about everyone outside the organization for years.
The Packers starting running back, Brandon Jackson, ran for 115 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Redskins, but considering Jackson gained the bulk of his yardage on a 71-yard run in the first half, that total doesn’t look quite as impressive. It has, however, been pointed out numerous times that Jackson carried the ball only 10 times.
Removing the 71-yarder from the equation, Jackson had nine carries for 44 yards, a very respectable 4.8 yards per carry. Looking at the numbers, it’s clear coach Mike McCarthy either doesn’t believe in Jackson or has no intention of committing to the running game.
Through five games, Jackson has 55 carries for 252 yards. That’s an average of 10 carries per game. Fullback John Kuhn has 29 carries for 133 yards, which amounts to around six carries per game.
The Packers aren’t going to win in December rushing the ball 16 times per game, even if they had Lynch.
While Thompson can be questioned for not acquiring a player that could have helped the Packers, McCarthy has to be questioned for his game plan.