Fat Mike Refuses To Understand Running Back Situation

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Aaron Jones

The narrative is, frankly, sickening at this point. Green Bay Packers, Fat Mike, Gravy Head, hand the goddam ball to Aaron Jones. Do that more than any other back you have. Put the ball in that guy’s hands. Do it often.

Gravy Head can’t quite grasp that concept, however.

Here you have a guy averaging 6.1 yards per carry. Meanwhile, the guy getting the most snaps — Jamaal Williams — averages 3.6 per carry. The other guy — Ty Montgomery — who is averaging 4.4 yards per carry, even got more snaps than option A did on Sunday.

I mean, this is simple math, right? You play the guy who gains you the most yards, right?

Not when Gravy Head is calling the shots.

Let’s look at the snap counts.

Williams: 33. Montgomery: 29. Jones: 22.

So, what then?

“There’s more to the offense than just running the football,” McCarthy said.

Hmmmm… is that right? I never would have thought.

Tell me more.

“I think it’s very obvious the balance we’re seeking from the running back position,” McCarthy said. “I think it’s one of the strengths that we’ve had since Aaron (Jones) has come back. We have three young men we believe in, three guys that contribute. There’s more to playing the position than just running the football.”

Okay, but Jones is greatly improved in pass protection, so that can’t be an excuse for keeping him off the field anymore, right?

“I don’t think … where clearly one guy is superior to the other two,” McCarthy said. “They all have excellent attributes you want to build off of.”

“I feel really good about how our backs are being rotated,” McCarthy said.

No one else does, Gravy Head.

And yes, Williams and Montgomery do have their positive qualities. They clearly do not have the explosiveness of Aaron Jones, however. It has been suggested that perhaps Gravy Head doesn’t want to burn Jones early and is saving him for the stretch run.

Thing is, it’s getting less likely that there is going to be a stretch run. The Packers are 2-2-1. They are behind the Chicago Bears in the division. They’re now tied with Minnesota Vikings. Six NFC teams have better records.

Plenty of season to go, sure. You would think that means plenty of time to utilize a dynamic player like Aaron Jones. Except, not in Green Bay.

About The Author

Mordecai is a writer living in Los Angeles. He primarily writes screenplays, but also does crap like this because GREEN BAY PACKERS, baby!

6 Comments on "Fat Mike Refuses To Understand Running Back Situation"

  1. KILLER

    You guys just need Greg Jennings to point out all the same things “Mordecai” just has. Then you’d rush to the attack on Jennings, defend Gravyhead, and feel great about Aaron Jones getting as few carries as possible….

    • PF4L

      You just need to tell us all about the queens 21st ranked defense. Holding teams to 26 points per game?

      Soooo scary!!….Bwhahahaha

  2. “There’s more to the offense than just running the football,” McCarthy said.

    It is a passing league, but I bet Coach Lombardi would disagree with MM on this.

    If you have an explosive RB who can break big runs, the defense will have safeties and linebackers coming up quicker on play action passes over less explosive backs. It tends to help open up the middle to deeper passing lanes.

  3. Great article and correct. Does anyone think McMike burger, with triple cheese, will change or use the running backs, tight ends, or rookie talent correctly? Point facts: Lewis free agent acquired, why? Rookie receivers doing well; will they get more playing time now? When trusted, catch everything Kumerow returns, will he see the field? NO. WHY? Simple answer as pointed out in article: MM

  4. Empacador

    This narrative about whose better in pass protection is BS. Honestly, if whoever is running the offense is really committed to running the football, what difference does it make whether Jones is good in pass protection if Jones is running the damn ball? That seems to be part of the problem with the offense. Somebody wants to keep their offensive options open rather than simply run the football. People understand the concept of having options. But when the O-line, even when healthy, is suspect at times (who else saw Bulaga get folded in half as he was being pushed backward to Rodgers Sunday?) McCarthy and company must feel compelled to keep a back in. Which you would think if the line is struggling, with 4 TEs on the roster they could maybe afford to provide a little more help from the TEs instead of relying on the RBs for pass protection. It isn’t exactly like they are targeting the TEs like they used to when they had Finley. Most of their formations employ 3 WRs and we all know that “staple” of the offense isn’t about to change.

    Didn’t Jones have a screen pass against the Lions? Maybe instead of going for the long ball all the time, screens to a shifty RB might allow said RB to gain significant yardage more often after the catch instead of relying on the RBs to run through the at times sieve line. Rodgers will still receive credit for whatever yardage, which might help with him trying to do too much and making some of the costly misses we’ve seen of late. Screens used to be a staple of the West Coast offense that is sorely lacking. And not the BS WR screens McCarthy seems to be in love with either. Seems to be more of the forcing players to fit your scheme rather than use players to the best of their abilities, same as it ever was.

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