Maybe I'm just a middle aged, old school, 3 bar helmet loving football purist. I have read and disagreed with alot of the statements on this website regarding a who-cares attitude about the running game theme. I have read the long winded articles by Tyler Dunne and others who have almost made me think that I didn't understand this new theory that a running game is a waste of time. I had almost given up, and agreed with the theory that it is ok to throw the ball on 3rd and 1, 3rd and 2, or (gulp) 4th and 2. I had almost given into a Madden-Xbox type future for my beloved Packers.
Today, I have found an alli. I am not alone. I have a a tag team partner in this fight. A friend to unexpectedly help me as I take my beatdown from the masses. Here is a reply I found to a post on this very website by FourEyesBrewing.
" we need a solid running game to a) close out games, b) make our passing game more effective (if that’s possible), and c) give your D a breather. When we’re up by 7 and have the ball with 4 minutes left in the game, you don’t want to stop the clock and you don’t want to give the ball back. We were pretty bad at that last year but a solid running game that can pick up a first down and burn the clock is important. Making defenses respect our running game opens up play action pass. And if we score in 37 seconds on each drive, our defense can’t get a breather. Running the game and owning the clock will keep the opponent’s QB on the bench getting cold and anxious. I don’t think we need a star, but to say the running game is a low priority is short-sighted. "
Thank you FourEyesBrewing for running out of the locker room unexpectedly to save me from the evils of a pass-happy one dimensional offense that's too unbalanced and entirely too new school for my retro heart. Thank you for joining me in the fight to remind people that we won another Superbowl with Edgar Bennett (a workhorse grind it out running back) and went to back to back superbowls with a more balanced offense. We all love #12 and the offensive show that he puts on weekly, it would be awesome to bring in a running game to balance out the gameplan, keep the defense honest, hog the ball possession, and close out games Rollie Fingers style.